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Ricky's Retreat

Ricky's Retreat is a non-profit organization created as a free resource for young community members to receive mental health support from trained Peer Support Specialists in a safe and welcoming environment. Ricky's Retreat provides a unique place to connect with peers and discuss challenging issues.

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Our mission is to provide a safe place for young people with 24/7 trained peer support so that we can save lives. 


Onslow County's health report states: 

Onslow County's suicide rate increased from 15.2 per 100,000 residents in 2009-2013 to 20.4 in 2012-2016. Suicide is a priority health concern for the community and the subject of a current action plan.


Carteret County's health report states that one of the leading causes of death from 2014-2018 was suicide at 24.4 per 100,000 residents. This is higher than the average reports for North Carolina, which in total stated 14.4 per 100,000 residents. 

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Board of Directors

Wendie Kidwell

Richard Kidwell

Lisa Potts

Pete Dodson

Ernest Deconti

Deidra Sisk

Diane Scarborough

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