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Mental Health

Council of State gives permission to close mental hospital

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North Carolina's oldest state mental hospital could soon be shuttered now that statewide elected leaders have agreed that remaining patients can be moved to a more modern location. Full story...
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Bid for empty Brunswick hospital could lead to mental health facility

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video Thirty-two acres of real estate off US 17 is for sale if you can beat the current $1.5 million bid. Brunswick County is selling the old Community Hospital. Last night, commissioners accepted one bid, but it's not a done deal yet. Full story...
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NC county questions sheriff on behavior, lawsuits

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Henderson County commissioners are asking the sheriff now on leave because of mental illness to respond to rumors he has moved to settle legal complaints by his employees. Full story...
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Midwest, West highest in contemplating suicide

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Health officials say more adults in the Midwest and West have suicidal thoughts than people in the rest of the country, but Rhode Island leads in suicide attempts. Full story...
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Mentally ill get support from feds

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The US Justice Department says North Carolina must find homes for the mentally ill in communities and stop housing them in adult care homes where residents describe their lives as regimented and boring. Full story...
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Mental health providers prepare for big cuts

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video It's not looking good for mental health providers in the Cape Fear. The Southeastern Center for Mental Health says it anticipates some big budget cuts next year. Full story...
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NC agency looks at outsourcing mental health tests

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North Carolina is exploring whether it can save money by outsourcing psychological evaluations and care of accused criminals who may suffer mental illness. Full story...
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UPDATE: Southeastern Center runs out of state funds; Responds via news release

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The Southeastern Center for Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services spent all of it's state funds. Now new patients have no where to turn. The center is supposed to provide help for those in need, but now it's causing more problems for it's patients and other local agencies. Full story...
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Therapists say Facebook affecting users' emotions

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video "Facebook me" and "Tweet me" are phrases that have become part of everyday life. But is social media controlling the way we feel? Full story...
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Employees say mental health provider closing offices, laying off 100 in Wilmington

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We've received phone calls and emails from Preferred Alternatives Incorporated employees about all North Carolina branches of PAI closing. That would put about 100 employees out of work at the Wilmington office. Full story...
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