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The Center for Excellence in Community Mental Health Director, Dr. John GIlmore, talks to WCHL about fighting mental health stigma and the Center’s efforts to help individuals with schizophrenia.

Psychotic disorders are mental illnesses that are characterized by psychotic symptoms, which can generally be described as a loss of contact with reality. The most common and well-known psychotic disorder is schizophrenia.

Back in 1992, Dr. John Gilmore, a professor of psychiatry at UNC, started the Schizophrenia Treatment and Evaluation Program at UNC. Seventeen years later, he founded UNC’s Center for Excellence in Community Mental Health to further the care of patients with schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders.

“We started the center in 2009 and it grew out of our Schizophrenia Treatment Program,” Gilmore said. “We’ve had a fairly good treatment program for people who have schizophrenia, but we wanted to expand it more into the community.”

The Center for Excellence in Community Mental Health was created to help provide better services in the community and expand treatment for the people who needed it most. Now, the center serves about 1,600 people…

Read more of the article and hear the interview here.


Original story and image by | December 14, 2020