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First responders complete training with focus on mental illnesses

February 13, 2019

By: Wylie Bell – RichmondCC HAMLET – Local first responders recently completed training through a collaborative program between Richmond Community College and Sandhills Center that will help them respond better and more effectively when a situation involves someone struggling with a mental illness. Thirteen personnel from Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, Rockingham Police Department, Hamlet Police more »

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North Carolina gets a ‘F’ on how equally it treats mental and physical health issues

By Yen Duong 49 out of 100, or a solid F. That’s the grade that North Carolina received on a report card in October on how well its laws support federal laws passed more than a decade ago calling for mental health to be treated on par with physical health. “Our F rating, we believe, underscores the more »

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How My Depression Made Me A Better State Representative

January 17, 2019

By Michael Schlossberg | Dec. 17, 2018 When I first told the world I suffered from a major depressive disorder and generalized anxiety disorder, I miscalculated. I was angry at the time, and I didn’t realize it would actually have a positive impact on me and the people I represent. I’m a full-time elected official. I have the more »

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Training The Community To Recognize And Respond To Crises

By John Giampaolo | Dec. 20, 2018 As a child, I watched my brother struggle for years. Mental health simply wasn’t a topic discussed much in the 1970s and 1980s, and my parents had few resources to turn to for help. I was 21 years old when my brother took his life; I understand firsthand what families go more »

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ERs ‘flooded’ with mentally ill patients with no place else to turn

January 11, 2019

By Susan Scutti, CNN A “huge and largely unreported problem” is happening in ERs across the nation, one expert says. “The extent to which ERs are now flooded with patients with mental illness is unprecedented,” said Dr. David R. Rubinow, chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at the School of Medicine at University of North more »

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