This study examines the effect of suicide prevention centers (SPCs) in N. Carolina on the 1970 suicide rate. The data are examined in an ecological context, i.e. pertinent demographic variables are included in the analysis of the suicide rate. A literature review on SPC efficacy, a description of those counties in N. Carolina that support such centers & a rigorous testing of their effect on the countywide suicide rate are undertaken. Concludes the centers have minimal effect on the suicide rate.