‘Everyone’s feeling some level of stress’: COVID-19’s impact on mental health and substance use

September 9, 2020

Aug 5, 2020 By Mackenzie Wicker Asheville Citizen Times https://www.citizen-times.com/story/news/local/2020/08/05/covid-anxiety-depression-tripled-substance-abuse-up-15-nc/5547156002/ It’s clear the coronavirus has taken a tremendous toll on the physical health of North Carolinians. But experts say its impact on mental health has been significant, too. Statewide data shows symptoms of depression and anxiety have tripled amid the pandemic, according to Victor Armstrong, executive more »

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Free phones, masks in parks: Rural providers get creative with mental health outreach post-COVID

August 7, 2020 By Liora Engel-Smith North Carolina Health News https://www.northcarolinahealthnews.org/2020/08/07/free-phones-masks-in-parks-rural-providers-get-creative-with-mental-health-outreach-post-covid/ When coronavirus transformed North Carolina’s telehealth billing in early spring, Kevin Mahoney began checking in with most of his 200 clients via video and phone. But the Asheville-based peer support specialist soon discovered that telehealth left some of his clients behind. Mahoney, who works at the more »

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How Early Intervention Impacted My Life

Aug 26, 2020 By Katharine Hartleb NAMI https://www.nami.org/Blogs/NAMI-Blog/August-2020/How-Early-Intervention-Impacted-My-Life I remember the first time I experienced the feeling of not being able to get out of bed. Not because I was too tired, but because I was too sad. It was during a time in my life when I was coping with a lot: My parents more »

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U.S. Senate Passes The Commander John Scott Hannon Veterans Mental Health Improvement Act

8/7/2020 NAMI https://www.nami.org/About-NAMI/NAMI-News/2020/U-S-Senate-Passes-the-Commander-John-Scott-Hannon-Veterans-Mental-Health-Improvement-Act On August 5th, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed the Commander John Scott Hannon Veterans Mental Health Care Improvement Act, S. 785, bipartisan legislation focused on efforts to reduce veteran suicide and improve mental health outcomes through improved access to care, better diagnostic tools and increased oversight of VA programs.

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UNCP students to receive mental health first-aid training

August 11, 2020

August 3, 2020 The Laurinburg Exchange https://www.laurinburgexchange.com/news/39738/uncp-students-to-receive-mental-health-first-aid-training 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 more »

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