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NC health officials release toolkit to help manage mental health needs during pandemic

The toolkit provides resources to the public for a variety of mental health needs.

RALEIGH, N.C. — The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services released the COVID-19 Community Readiness toolkit to help individuals find mental and behavioral health supports and resources in their communities.

The toolkit, COVID-19 Community Readiness: Helping Meet Needs for Persons Living with Behavioral Health Issues, Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities, and Traumatic Brain Injuries, provides resources to the public for a variety of mental health needs, including resources for parents engaging in online-school, family-based needs, resources for those within the I/DD community and others.

“These are unprecedented, stressful times, and we know families and individuals are being faced with existing and new mental health challenges,” said Victor Armstrong, ‪Director of the Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, Substance Abuse Services. “We want to provide North Carolinians with this toolkit to give them all the support they need to navigate these difficult times to stay healthy physically and mentally.”

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NC DHHS said the resources provided in this toolkit are not all-inclusive of every support available in the state, but many services and supports community stakeholders can utilize to help provide assistance to individuals and families needing mental health and substance use services in North Carolina are provided.

The toolkit is available here and more resources for families and children, including 24/7 hotlines, can be found here. 

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