The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services recently announced two mental health initiatives in the state.
NCDHHS recently received $3.3 million from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration to expand support for people in mental health crisis. Funding will help North Carolina move the Suicide Prevention Lifeline from the current 10-digit number to a simpler three-digit number (9-8-8) for people with suicidal thoughts or experiencing a health crisis mental.
On July 16, 2022, 9-8-8 will become the three-digit national dialing code for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, replacing the current phone number 1-800-273-TALK (8255). People can talk, chat or text with trained call center staff 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Call center staff can provide crisis counseling as well as information about local community resources and referrals.
For more information about the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, visit suicidepreventionlifeline.org.
Governor Cooper has earmarked $34 million in new federal funding to further help post-secondary students graduate or graduate and to help meet the learning and mental health needs of K-12 students. year as students continue to recover from the pandemic.
The governor is investing $27 million in the creation of the Summer Accelerator grant program. The program will provide grants of up to $5,000 to cover tuition, fees, books, housing, and other expenses based on the number of summer courses a student takes.
The package also includes $5 million to NCDHHS to expand youth mental health first aid training, which teaches adults who work with young people, including teachers and school staff, how to identify and support young people aged 12-18 who are experiencing mental health and addiction issues, and how to help in crisis situations.
More details are available on governor.nc.gov.