July 31, 2020
By Lana Harris
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Suicide prevention experts say it’s time to take the stigma off of mental health issues and talk about it.
This comes as health officials in North Carolina say they’ve seen an increase in anxiety depression and binge drinking during the pandemic and more ER visits for overdoses.
“We’re in a crisis,” said Fonda Bryant a suicide prevention trainer and member of the National Alliance on Mental Illness.more » Read More
August 3, 2020
The Laurinburg Exchange
PEMBROKE – More than 250 students at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke will become certified as national Mental Health First Aid trainers, thanks to a grant from the UNC System Office.
The primary goal of the Behavioral Health Initiatives Grant is to increase credentials of the critical workforce, according to LynnDee Horne, director of Counseling and Psychological Services.
Training will be offered at no cost to students majoring in nursing,more » Read More
Today, NAMI, in partnership with CIT International and other national organizations working in mental health and policing, released an open letter responding to President Trump’s June 16th executive order, “Safe Policing for Safe Communities.” The order is the Administration’s response to the recent national outcry for police reform, following the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officers. Addressing several areas of policing, the order also includes a focus on providing resources to law enforcement agencies to assist with responses to mental health,more » Read More
Jul 10, 2020
By Sebastian Martinez
I am a Latinx (a person who is ethnically from a Latin American or Caribbean culture) living with co-occurring mental health conditions. It took quite some time for me to realize that my constant depressive state, trauma responses, insomnia and other symptoms all fall under the title of “mental health disorder.” I use disorder instead of condition because in my community, that is what it is called.more » Read More
Jun 11, 2020
By Garrett Bergquist
Spectrum Local News
KNIGHTDALE, N.C. – A mother of two children who are dealing with mental illness says a new law will be a big help to parents in her situation.
Beth Anne Okeeffe’s two daughters struggle with anxiety. Her older daughter, Madison, has an instructional accommodation plan. Her younger daughter, Allicyn, currently doesn’t, but Okeeffe said Thursday she had to work closely with Allicyn’s second-grade teacher this year to make sure her daughter got the help she needed.more » Read More
Jun 22, 2020
By Liz Bateson
JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (WITN) – June is PTSD Awareness Month, or post traumatic stress disorder.
The disorder is commonly associated with veterans, but experts at Brynn Marr Hospital say it can also stem from other traumas, as well.
“Most people recognize PTSD as it relates to our military, especially in Eastern North Carolina, where we have such a large military presence. But we want to recognize that anyone can develop post traumatic stress disorder,” said Dana Cronkhite with Brynn Marr Hospital.more » Read More