Jul 10, 2019 By Amanda Magnus & Person: Anita Rao North Carolina Public Radio https://www.wunc.org/post/raising-awareness-about-mental-illness-minority-communities
One in five adults in the United States experience a mental illness, regardless of culture, race or gender. But there are cultural differences when it comes to seeking treatment: African Americans use mental health services at about one-half the rate of white Americans. Asian Americans seek treatment at about one-third of the rate of white Americans. What are the barriers to seeking help?
Guest host Anita Rao Read More
July 10, 2019 By Lauren Levine Charlotte Agenda https://www.charlotteagenda.com/171531/if-youve-been-thinking-about-going-to-therapy-heres-why-you-should/
I’d always been open to the idea of therapy.
I’d interviewed therapists and thought they were smart.
I love books written by therapists.
If friends told me they went I supported them.
But for myself? I was hesitant. I didn’t have significant mental health issues or trauma to deal with. I wasn’t sure if my concerns were legitimate enough to validate the expense.Read More
By Amy Willer | Jun. 24, 2019 NAMI https://www.nami.org/Blogs/NAMI-Blog/June-2019/Responding-to-Bipolar-Psychotic-Symptoms
A first experience with psychosis can be terrifying, exhilarating, disorienting or feel just plain ordinary. Sometimes it can seem ordinary because it was your reality for a while. Your senses and brain colluded to fabricate something that wasn’t actually there. It certainly felt real, though.
For example, during my first psychotic break, it felt as though my cognitive abilities had reduced to that of a toddler. I couldn’t understand what people said to me, and I Read More
NAMI, along with other prominent mental health and addiction organizations, launched Mental Health for US: a nonpartisan educational coalition aimed at elevating mental health issues on the 2020 campaign trail. The coalition is dedicated to uniting Americans to call for bipartisan support and systematic change through grassroots activation.Read More
June 13, 2019 By Yen Duong NC Health News https://www.northcarolinahealthnews.org/2019/06/13/health-report-cards-north-carolina-below-average-performance-access/
North Carolina has continued to perform below average in a national ranking of state health systems, moving from 35th in 2018 to 34th this year.
On June 12, the Commonwealth Fund, a nonprofit health policy research foundation, released its annual report comparing state health systems based on 47 measures including health care access, cost, use and disparities.Read More
Updated May 29, 2019 – 2:32 PM By Jason Stoogenke WSOC TV https://www.wsoctv.com/news/local/many-families-disappointed-with-mental-health-coverage/953061714
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Layla, who did not want to share her last name, is a Charlotte mother who said she has had behavioral issues with her 10-year-old son for about seven years.
“Biting and kicking, I mean, some of that’s normal, but not to happen every day,” Layla said.
Her son has gotten physical with her, his teachers and his grandmother, she said.Read More