Despite having no military base nearby, nearly 20,000 veterans call Buncombe County home — giving it the sixth-largest veteran population in the state. As local visits for PTSD, depression, substance abuse, homelessness and unemployment continues to climb at Charles George VA, three local veterans share their struggles and stories about mental health. (Cover design by Sarah Riddle)
UNCA instructor Connie Schrader (right) leads student Michele Pierce (left) through a series of tests at the school’s Biofeedback and Stress Lab, which is used to help treat a variety of conditions such as sleep problems, Attention Deficit Disorder and depression.
Julia Lehr, yoga instructor and yoga lead for wellness crew at Warren Wilson College, offers free yoga classes and inspiration for students. Here, she demonstrates low lunge. This is the seventh in the yoga series by freelance writer Kate Lundquist.