Inaugural ORAH Vigil a Genuine Success

Dan WhittenNews & Events

Over 75 adults and children showed up at last night’s overdose and suicide vigil. From elected officials, to parents who have lost their child to suicide, to students from Dixon High School’s Key Club, (Go, Bulldogs!).

We had a “Remember” table where participants wrote a message and signed their name on our memorial board and got one of our awesome red “I am enough” wristbands.

We also had an “Act” table where people could sign a petition urging our state legislators to be more proactive regarding addiction and mental health resources and treatment.

It wasn’t what we expected, but that’s a good thing and when does anything ever happen like we expect?! Several people stood up and told their stories; they started their own healing process. That was enough.

We know not everyone could make it. Heck, we all have busy lives. But we know that there were many with us there in spirit. We can’t wait until the next time.

Giving Credit.

We want to thank the following for making last night’s vigil happen:

  • Julie & Rachael Armani
  • Cindy Morris
  • Jamie Higginbotham
  • Alisa DeHaan
  • Lori Smith
  • Karigan Sapp for painting our memorial board
  • Loggerhead Printing for our amazing t-shirts
  • Cindy & Vanessa with Sneads Ferry’s HOPE for the glow sticks and wristbands
  • Lilly Gray with the City of Jacksonville for helping us with the power box and representing Jacksonville’s “One City, Our City, My City” campaign
  • Eric & Sam with MCCS Lejeune & New River Substance Abuse program for being there and passing out resources for programs and treatment
  • Tonya & Amy with IFS/Mobile Crisis
  • Mike McHugh from the Daily News
  • CB Cotton from Channel 7
  • Elizabeth Tew from Channel 9
  • Merrilee Moore & Greg Payne from Channel 12

We also want to thank our Community Partners for this event:

  • City of Jacksonville – “One City, Our City, My City”
  • Onslow County Schools
  • Onslow Women’s Center
  • Coastal Coalition for Substance Abuse Prevention (CCSAP)
  • UnitedWay of Onslow
  • Sneads Ferry’s HOPE
  • MCCS Substance Abuse Program

What’s Next?

The OCC meets every 1st Monday of each month at 612 College St, Jacksonville, NC from 9-10:30 am. Join us and be a part of the conversation.

We are planning a “We’re Listening Tour” which will be a series of small town halls throughout Onslow County. Areas such as Sneads Ferry, Richlands, Swansboro and Holly Ridge too often get left out of the conversation. More about our tour will be posted on our website and Facebook Page.

Don’t forget about our first annual Mental Health & Substance Use Summit coming up in March 2018. Details are TBA 🙂