Mental health

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One of psychologist Blair Hamel’s clients struggles with separation anxiety and hates spending time away from her parents. Before the coronavirus pandemic hit, Hamel said she had just gotten her accustomed to going to school and spending some time away from home.


East Carolina University is pilot testing a virtual simulation software aimed at helping faculty, staff, and students identify and address risk factors that are associated with suicide.


Health care providers that cater services to seasonal and migrant farmworkers in western North Carolina are increasingly turning their attention to mental health care.

Farmworkers who travel seasonally for harvesting and planting often bring with them hardships and emotional stressors, like trauma and homesickness. But certain barriers make care difficult, like language and a lack of transportation.


Migrant farmworkers in rural areas face a lot of pressure — from language barriers to geographic isolation to the current political climate surrounding immigration. Add in the limited access to mental health care in rural locales, and it puts workers who travel to western North Carolina for the harvest season in an even tougher position. 

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A town hall meeting on ending the stigma about mental illness will be held Thursday evening in Gastonia. The event follows the tragedy last month in Bessemer City, where Roger Self drove his car into a restaurant, killing his daughter Katelyn Self and daughter-in-law Amanda Self. Other family members including Roger Self's wife were injured.

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Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board members are considering a budget for next year that includes $4.4 million to hire 60 additional school counselors, social workers and psychologists. This comes after the fatal school shootings in Parkland, Florida.

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Kids going through a mental health crisis in Charlotte now have the option to go to a crisis center rather than an emergency room. A new facility in the city’s University area opened last month to treat kids and teenagers. The state health department says it’s the first of its kind to open in North Carolina.