North Carolina News

Telepsychiatry Brings Emergency Care To Rural Areas

North Carolina is facing a very big mental health care challenge — 28 counties across the state do not have a single psychiatrist. That’s despite the fact that in recent years, emergency rooms in the state have seen more patients with mental health, developmental disability or substance abuse problems. So the state is trying telepsychiatry. When a patient comes into an emergency room, they can be connected via a two-way video connection with a psychiatrist. A by the nonpartisan North […]

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Program aims to identify mental health issues in troops

If you saw a service member or veteran struggling with substance abuse, post-traumatic stress or depression, would you know how to encourage them to get help? A new program aims to teach educators, law enforcement officials and community workers to recognize the signs of mental illness and understand how to spur those affected to seek treatment. Mental Health First Aid for Veterans was developed by troops for the National Council for Behavioral Health, modeled on a program for teachers, social […]

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Addressing PTSD in Fayetteville

Recently, members of the Fayetteville community—mental health agencies, law enforcement, Fort Bragg, and the Southern Regional Area Health Education Center—met to explore the possibility of adopting the Silent Siren program. Started by the wife of an Iraqi veteran who experienced PTSD crises, the program promotes the use of voluntary alerts to the 911 emergency response system in order to support the individual with PTSD and his/her caregivers. Education for first responders, mental health workers, and family members is emphasized so […]

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NAMI Homefront Featured

WRAL-TV in Raleigh recently featured the program during their evening newscast. NAMI Homefront will be aimed at helping the large military population living with mental illness and is designed to provide as much education and support to veterans’ families as military members themselves, said executive director of NAMI N.C. Deby Dihoff. Click here to read the full article and view the video, which also includes an interview with Focus member and contributor 1st Lt. Mike McMichael. More about NAMI and […]

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Foreclosure Prevention Effort

Foreclosure Prevention Effort Expanded to Recent Veterans, Furloughed Workers The North Carolina Housing Finance Agency announces the expansion of the N.C. Foreclosure Prevention Fund to help veterans recently separated from service and military or civilian workers who are currently furloughed or facing an impending furlough. The state-designed foreclosure prevention program makes mortgage payments for qualified unemployed workers as well as homeowners who have suffered certain other hardships, such as divorce, illness or death of a co-signor, while they look for […]

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NC Employers Nominated

Two North Carolina Employers, PPD Inc. in Morrisville, and UNC Health Care in Chapel Hill are finalists for the 2014 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award. The award is the DOD’s highest recognition given to employers for exceptional support of National Guard and Reserve employees. To read more, click here.

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Inpatient MH Care Improved

For close to 30 years, the inpatient psychiatric ward at Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune lacked security and an environment conducive to healing. That all changed Monday. Hospital officials took part in a ribbon cutting just hours before their first 11 patients moved into the new, state-of-the-art facility. To read more, click here.

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Military Children Honored

Growing up in a family where one or both parents could be asked to leave, in service to their country, at a moment’s notice, can be hard. However, this is the predicament that military children find themselves in every day. “Military children deal with a lot of pressures,” said Jasmine Carroll, 4th Force Support Squadron youth program director. “Parents deploy, get different assignments and go overseas. Sometimes it is easy to overlook the sacrifices our youth make for their military […]

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2014 Environmental Award

Since 1962, the Department of Defense has honored individuals, teams and installations for their outstanding achievements in environmental performance. Of the 33 nominees, 9 received awards. The Marine Corps Installation East-Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune received an award for Environmental Restoration, as they demonstrated cost-effective sustainable efforts to protect human health and the environment in cleaning up contamination from past activities. For more information, click here.

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Women’s Vet Expo

The first inaugural Women’s Veteran Expo was held in Raleigh at the North Carolina National Guard Headquarters. Over four hundred participants attended the event that included presentations about the history of women in the military, benefits available from the VA, and a panel discussion on the benefits and challenges women serving in the military face. The Governor of North Carolina attended the event and signed a proclamation declaring April 17, 2014, Women Veterans Day in North Carolina and put forth […]

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