NC expands mental health support for teachers, school personnel & their families

Published: Aug. 17, 2020 at 9:47 PM EDT
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RALEIGH, N.C. (WITN) - The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is expanding the Hope4Healers Helpline to serve North Carolina’s teachers, school personnel and their families.

With schools opening in-person and remotely across the state under new health and safety procedures, NCDHHS and the NC Psychological Foundation provide these personnel with mental health and resilience supports through Hope4Healers.

Hope4Healers is available 24 hours per day, seven days a week.

When teachers, school personnel or family members call the helpline, (919-226-2002) they will speak to someone who is trained to listen and offer support.

They then will be contacted within about a day by a licensed mental health professional for a free, confidential, short-term follow-up by phone or video chat.

NCDHHS launched the Hope4Healers Helpline earlier this year in partnership with the North Carolina Psychological Foundation and has served over 160 people to date.

The helpline has been providing mental health and resilience counseling for first responders, health care and child care professionals, other staff who work in those settings and their families throughout the state who are experiencing stress from being on the front lines of the state’s COVID-19 response.

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