Mental Health http://wunc.org en Fayetteville Police Ready To Silence Sirens For Veterans In Crisis http://wunc.org/post/fayetteville-police-ready-silence-sirens-veterans-crisis <p></p><p>Police and community leaders in Fayetteville are working on a local incarnation of the Silent Siren program to help veterans in an emergency.</p><p></p><p>Fayetteville police responded last week to a call from a woman whose husband, a soldier, was parked outside a Walmart threatening to kill himself. Police approached the stand off without lights, sirens and shouting.&nbsp; They were able get the soldier help.</p><p></p><p>Fayetteville wants to expand that gentle approach for emergencies involving veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or traumatic brain injury.</p><p></p> Mon, 19 May 2014 11:31:02 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 35737 at http://wunc.org Fayetteville Police Ready To Silence Sirens For Veterans In Crisis Mentally Ill Or Criminal? Making Tough Calls In The Field http://wunc.org/post/mentally-ill-or-criminal-making-tough-calls-field <p></p><p></p><p>In the early morning hours of November 19, Durham&nbsp; youth Jesus Huerta left home. His family called 911, reported him as a troubled runaway and noted his drug problem. A Durham police officer located Huerta, frisked him, cuffed him, and put him in the back of a cruiser. Moments later, the 17 year-old was dead from a gunshot to the head. His family questions the circumstances surrounding his death.</p> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 22:17:38 +0000 Carol Jackson, Nicole Campbell & Frank Stasio 29007 at http://wunc.org Mentally Ill Or Criminal? Making Tough Calls In The Field Did Durham Police Follow Protocol When Arresting 17-Year-Old Jesus Huerta? http://wunc.org/post/did-durham-police-follow-protocol-when-arresting-17-year-old-jesus-huerta <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p>Jesus Huerta died from a gunshot wound while in police custody last November. Did officers know he was at risk of killing himself? The teen's family says yes.<br /><br />Durham authorities have said the officer on the scene, Samuel Duncan, had not been told the 17-year-old threatened to kill himself and used drugs before the officer picked him up the morning of Nov. 19.</p> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 17:08:49 +0000 Frank Stasio & Nicole Campbell 28990 at http://wunc.org Did Durham Police Follow Protocol When Arresting 17-Year-Old Jesus Huerta? Lee Smith Explores History Through Fiction http://wunc.org/post/lee-smith-explores-history-through-fiction <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="font-size:11pt">In her latest novel, Chapel Hill author <a href="http://www.leesmith.com/">Lee Smith</a> tells the story of Asheville's <a href="http://www.nps.gov/nr/travel/asheville/hig.htm">Highland Hospital</a>, a pioneering mental institution that once housed Zelda Fitzgerald. </span></p> Tue, 03 Dec 2013 16:36:16 +0000 Laura Lee & Frank Stasio & Bryson Russell 26742 at http://wunc.org Lee Smith Explores History Through Fiction Duke Study: Many Teens In Need Of Psychiatric Help Don't Seek It http://wunc.org/post/duke-study-many-teens-need-psychiatric-help-dont-seek-it <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">More than half of teens with psychiatric disorders go untreated, and those who do get help often get it from non-mental health specialists, according to a study co-authored by Duke University researchers this month.</span></p><div>&nbsp;</div><div>About 45 percent of teens who have a psychiatric disorder received treatment in the 12 months prior to the study, and those getting help most often receive it from school counselors, pediatricians or probation officers.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><p> Tue, 19 Nov 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Jorge Valencia 26035 at http://wunc.org Duke Study: Many Teens In Need Of Psychiatric Help Don't Seek It NC Seeks To Improve Local Behavioral Health Treatment http://wunc.org/post/nc-seeks-improve-local-behavioral-health-treatment <p></p><p>State health officials are trying to cut the number of people with behavioral disorders who end up in the Emergency Room.&nbsp;</p><p>The Department of Health and Human Services says it's creating an advisory panel of health experts and patient advocates.&nbsp; The group's job will be to recommend improvements at the local level for mental health and substance abuse services.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 08 Nov 2013 15:44:47 +0000 Will Michaels 25480 at http://wunc.org NC Seeks To Improve Local Behavioral Health Treatment Lucy Daniels Looks Back On Her Writing Life http://wunc.org/post/lucy-daniels-looks-back-her-writing-life <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>At 22 years old, Lucy Daniels was a best-selling author and a Guggenheim Award winner. &nbsp;But she spent five years hospitalized for severe anorexia and the trauma of sudden success led Daniels to stop writing for much of her adult life. &nbsp;After a 40 year gap, Lucy Daniels took up writing again. &nbsp;Host Frank Stasio speaks with Daniels, a writer and clinical psychologist, about&nbsp;her newest book, “Walking with Moonshine: My Life in Stories” (iUniverse/ 2013).</p><p></p> Thu, 24 Oct 2013 15:20:59 +0000 Shawn Wen & Frank Stasio 24664 at http://wunc.org Lucy Daniels Looks Back On Her Writing Life Why Schizophrenics Hear Voices http://wunc.org/post/why-schizophrenics-hear-voices <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-size: 12pt"><a href="http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/schizophrenia/index.shtml">Schizophrenia</a> is a frightening disease, characterized by audio and visual hallucinations. </span></p><p><span style="font-size: 12pt">A researcher at Duke University thinks he may have a clue as to how the auditory hallucinations occur. </span></p> Wed, 23 Oct 2013 15:54:24 +0000 Alex Granados & Frank Stasio 24599 at http://wunc.org Why Schizophrenics Hear Voices UNC Opens Mental Health Facility In Wake County As Part Of Deal With WakeMed http://wunc.org/post/unc-opens-mental-health-facility-wake-county-part-deal-wakemed <p>UNC Health Care has opened a new mental hospital in Wake County after building repairs caused a two-month delay.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 17 Sep 2013 11:53:38 +0000 Will Michaels 22573 at http://wunc.org Study Finds Clergy Are More Depressed Than National Average http://wunc.org/post/study-finds-clergy-are-more-depressed-national-average <p>A <a href="http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs10935-013-0321-4/fulltext.html">new study from Duke</a> shows that clergy have a higher rate of anxiety and depression than the national average. The study, conducted by the Clergy Health Initiative at Duke Divinity School, surveyed all United Methodist Clergy in North Carolina and found that their depression rate was 8.7 percent, which is higher than the national average of 5.5 percent. Anxiety rates were 13.5 percent.</p> Tue, 27 Aug 2013 18:27:37 +0000 Laura Candler 21479 at http://wunc.org Study Finds Clergy Are More Depressed Than National Average