Gov. Roy Cooper recently announced that his mental health program for state-wide mental health care in universities and colleges will be extended, according to WECT.
The UNC System will build upon the previous $5 million plan from May 2021; the goal is to work with the North Carolina Community College System to reach colleges and universities throughout the state. Staff and faculty will be receiving training on suicide prevention and how to identify and support students in crisis.
“Identifying their mental distress and getting them access to quality treatment is more critical for our students than ever,” Governor Cooper said. “This investment will help our state’s colleges and universities better support their students so they can thrive.”
The UNC System had trained 274 mental health first aid instructors across North Carolina as of November 2022. Those instructors went on to train nearly 2,500 others on their campuses.