CHARLOTTE, N.C. (FOX 46 CHARLOTTE) — Three small words featured on posters going up around the Queen City could have a big impact as a Charlotte woman is taking it upon herself to get results and prevent suicides: “You’re not alone.”
“We can recover and we can live a good life,” said Suicide Survivor Fonda Bryant.
Suicide rates are on the rise in Mecklenburg County and it’s one of the leading causes of death for people between the ages of 15 and 24.
Bryant is leading the effort to post flyers in parking decks throughout the city that say “you’re not alone.” The flyers will also include suicide hotline numbers, so people can get help.
“I’m a 24 year suicide survivor and I wanted to make a difference,” Bryant said. “My goal is to put signs in every single parking deck here in Charlotte.”
Beginning with the parking deck on 6th Street, right across from the Spectrum Center. According to CMPD, at least five people have jumped to their death from that parking deck in the past four years.
“You put a wall up, they can go somewhere else,” Bryant said. “We want to stop suicide– which is an epidemic in this country. You go up on that parking deck and you see those words, ‘you’re not alone,’ and the national suicide text and hotline number– that person will know someone cares and it will stop some suicides.”