A document that allows mental health patients to request personalized treatment from providers during times of crisis is beginning to gain popularity among those wishing to take charge of their health care decisions.
Mental Health Month, observed in the U.S. since 1949, brings awareness to the importance of maintaining mental health as much as physical health.
“City Council’s resolution, worthless as it is, repeats the same ignorance expressed by the letter writer in that they think they can ban ‘possession’ of these semiauto rifles with a ‘scary’ appearance, in clear violation of the constitutional ban on ex post facto law.”
“People with mental health issues can lead full, meaningful lives. Treatment works. Recovery happens. The purpose of NAMI WC is support, education and advocacy.”
Rain Parker and her partner Temica Ferguson collectively lost 225 pounds through healthy eating and homesteading on their land in Rosman. They transformed their property, which was a foreclosure with mostly barren land, into an active homestead and site of community wellness and educational opportunities.
The Center for Spiritual Emergence and local therapists provide care for individuals undergoing a spiritual or existential crisis. Providers rule out psychotic episodes and medical conditions to help those undergoing a powerful, life-changing experience of a spiritual nature.
Early childhood education workers are helping children develop coping strategies to deal with the effects of trauma and toxic stress.
At the Tuesday, Jan. 5 Buncombe County Board of Commissioners meeting, the Board voted to fill county “doughnut holes,” fund the Asheville Museum of Science and allow the Department of Health and Human Services to reallocate its positions for increased efficiency.
Most folks don’t give it a thought when they head to the store for a gallon of milk, go outside to take a walk or pick up the phone to call a friend. But for someone diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, even these seemingly innocuous behaviors may seem daunting. “After a traumatic event, many people […]
Western North Carolina’s first recovery rally happens Saturday, Sept. 19, at Lake Junalaska, with a recovery walk around the lake. The event will draw together health care professionals, law enforcement officials and people in recovery.
“If we had an honest dialogue, we would conclude that appropriate mental health care for even the most severely ill could drastically reduce the instances of these [violent] events. But there is a cost and that is where this discussion always ends.”
“This change is going to radically alter the availability of a number of services in Buncombe County. … Everyone deserves access to needed health services, including mental health services.”
A WNC mental-health agency faced tough questions earlier this week about its decision to limit its publicly funded services to a select group of providers. Western North Carolina’s lead mental-health agency, Smoky Mountain LME/MCO, held a community forum Tuesday, June 23, that packed Asheville’s First Baptist Church. After a brief presentation by agency staff, a question-and-answer segment […]
At the Nov. 5 Buncombe County Board of Commissioners meeting, the board will tackle a rezoning, grants for the Mountain Mobility transportation program, and changing the rules for a local mental health authority.
For Army veteran William Gallion, a busy schedule makes finding time to treat back injuries and post traumatic stress disorder difficult. But thanks to a collaboration between Connected Warriors and Happy Body yoga studio, he and other veterans have been able to find relief through yoga.
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)
Unmarked and invisible from the main road, the adult-care home Canterbury Hills illustrates some of the underlying challenges in modern health care, especially for those with long-term mental illnesses who may have few other alternatives.
Canterbury Hills, an adult care home with a history of complaints, EMS calls and state violations, will close at the end of the month. The announcement came quietly through letters the Candler facility’s director Wittner Wright sent on July 1 to the Buncombe County Health Department and N.C. Division of Health Care Regulation.
Local poet and performer Griffin Payne, pictured above, teaches theater-workshop participants how to share their stories in new and creative ways. The weekly workshops are for people affected by mental illness, whether directly or indirectly, and is sponsored by the National Alliance on Mental Illness Western Carolina. (Photo by Max Cooper)
Everything went as planned this morning when board members of Western Highlands Network unanimously adopted a management agreement with Smoky Mountain Center — making the legal document effective immediately and the eventual merger between the two entities ever closer.