Whatever it takes: Open discussion­s about mental health issues

“Mental health challenges impact all demographics and each of these has their own cultural way of addressing them,” says Robin C. Payne, executive director of NAMI Western Carolina. “As such, we are careful not to assume we know what is best for a community. Instead we try to create opportunities for open discussions and see how we can provide the resources that are needed.”

Celesa Willett of United Way of Haywood County discusses Canton mill closing, other challenges

With just two full-time employees, United Way of Haywood County has met some big community needs in recent years. In 2021, the Waynesville-based nonprofit received more than $1 million in donations to help those affected by devastating  flooding in the wake of Tropical Storm Fred. United Way funneled money to groups like WNC Communities for […]