SHARON MCBRAYER Staff Writer
Mental health is one of the top three health issues identified in the 2022 Burke Community Health Assessment.
But this is also a top priority for state authorities.
As such, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is hosting a Mental Health Town Hall on Thursdays from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Leviton Auditorium in Moore Hall on the campus of Western Piedmont Community College.
NCDHHS Secretary Kody Kinsley, Senator Jim Burgin, R-12, and Congressman Hugh Blackwell, R-86, will join the conversation at the Town Hall, according to information from NCDHHS. City Hall is expected to be a community discussion on improving behavioral health and resilience across North Carolina.
NCDHHS has been holding mental health town halls fairly regularly across the state over the past few months, usually with Virgin and, if possible, with additional legislators, he said. The ministry said.
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“With more than 3 million people in North Carolina having a mental health or substance use disorder, NCDHHS is committed to improving behavioral health and resilience,” the department said in an email. news herald. “We encourage the people of Burke County and surrounding counties to attend, ask questions, and contribute to the conversation. provide and invite City Hall attendees to provide comments and ask questions.
Che Moore, public health education supervisor for the Burke County Health Department, said the event is open to the public and requires registration. Visit /forms.office.com/g/tZZYyTFR1N. Mental health, substance use disorders and obesity with risk factors have been identified as the top three priorities to be addressed in the 2022 Burke Community Health Assessment. Three regional issues will be the focus of health authorities over the next three years.
The Burke Wellness Initiative will develop community health improvement plans this year that target three issues. This group will consider what programs currently exist in the county to address his three problems, which programs could be strengthened, and what could be developed to address his three problems. It is planned, Moore said.
The Mental Health Town Hall will also be streamed live on NCDHHS’ YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/@ncdhhs.
Western Piedmont Community College is located at 1001 Bourkemont Avenue in Morganton.