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Fonda Bryant considered suicide nearly 30 years ago. But she stopped the person she loved.
Bryant then gave her life to save a life in Charlotte. She talks to Political Beats Joe Bruno 12 stories in the sky where some people decide to take their own lives.
“When you jump, you know that’s it. It’s not about coming back from it, it’s about waking up and saying, oh my God, I was wrong,” Bryant said. “Once you go over that edge. no more.”
Bryant has advocated for many changes over the years and pushed for signs in places like parking lots. A bill in the state House would allocate half a million dollars for parking deck operators and local governments to install suicide prevention signs. They are housed in garages, elevator lobbies and stairwells with at least three floors on each floor.
State lawmakers called the bill the Fonda Bryant Suicide Prevention Sign Act.
As we are in a mental health crisis in North Carolina and across the country, just see that sign and you’re not alone, he says, and it can help remove some of the stigma that many individuals may experience. Rep. Carla Cunningham of North Charlotte spoke about the bill.
>> Watch Bruno’s full interview with Bryant in the video at the top of the page.
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