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  • September: Suicide Prevention Month

    Kate Dickson, MD MPH, PGY 4 Does suicide screening = suicide prevention? Universal suicide screening is the term for the process of asking every patient that presents to a health care facility, for example an outpatient clinic, the emergency department, or an elective surgery, about thoughts of suicide, regardless of chief complaint. Health care systems … Continued

  • August: Sex as a Biological Variable in Neurobiological Research

    Sex as a biological variable in neurobiological research Alexandra Nowlan, PhD   Historically, males have been the standard subjects studied in biomedical research. This practice was established due to the fear that the variability in hormone signaling across the female estrous cycle would complicate the interpretation of experimental results, though comparable fluctuations in male testosterone … Continued

  • July: Minority Mental Health Month

    Written by: Aaron Ginsburg M Ed, LCMHC, LCAS | Clinical Instructor Crisis and Assessment Services UNC Health Care at WakeBrook   Native American mental health is an all too often overlooked area of need. In looking at statistics provided by Mental Health America (, Native/Indigenous people in America report experiencing serious psychological distress 2.5 times more than … Continued

  • June: Pride Month

    An estimated 5.6% of the U.S. adult population identifies as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender, and LGBTQ+ self-identity is highest among Gen Z-ers and increasing among children and adolescents. Individuals who identify as LGBTQ+ experience health disparities linked to societal stigma and discrimination in their home, school, and work environments that is associated with higher … Continued

  • May: Mental Health Awareness Month, Cancer and Mental Health

    Written by Dr. Zev Nakamura, Assistant Professor   Approximately 1 in 4 patients with cancer are diagnosed with anxiety and/or depressive disorders. These mental health conditions can be exacerbated or precipitated by the psychological stress of a new cancer diagnosis, physical symptoms (e.g., pain, shortness of breath, nausea), and fear of cancer progression or recurrence. … Continued

  • May: Maternal Mental Health Awareness Month

    Thomas D’Angelo, M.D.   Invasion is a structure not an event M. Jacqui Alexander is referring to colonialism, which we will definitely get into, but the double meaning is relevant to maternal mental health too. For most of human history(99%?)conception, pregnancy, birth and the postpartum period were communal projects. Hopi communities think about a coming … Continued

  • April: Reducing Disparities in Care for Black Toddlers with Autism Through Partnerships with the Black Community

    Reducing Disparities in Care for Black Toddlers with Autism Through Partnerships with the Black Community Christina Corsello Orahovats, Ph.D. There are more children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) now than ever before, with the most recent numbers from the CDC suggesting as many as 1 in 44 children with the diagnosis (Maenner, et. al., … Continued

  • April: Cultural and Linguistic Diversity in Autism, Opening the Door

    Cultural and Linguistic Diversity in Autism: Opening the Door By Jessica Kinard 4/12/2022   “Yo siempre pensaba, tú entre más conozcas el problema, más puedes ayudar…” “I always thought, the more you know about the problem, the more you can help…” –Mother of a child with autism (Kinard, 2015)   This quote comes from a … Continued

  • Rebecca Taylor

    March: Self-Harm Awareness Month

    Written by Rebecca V. Taylor, MD, MA, Assistant Professor , Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry SIB and the Intersection of Race, Culture, and Ethnicity When most of us think of self-injurious behavior, we think of those who intentionally cut themselves. The typical person who comes to mind as engaging in non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI) is … Continued

  • February: National Eating Disorder Awareness Week

    An Examination of Anorexia Nervosa in Black Women by Dani Coan Dani is a rising senior social work major at NC State and a CEED Summer Intern. She is also a Research Assistant in Dr. Goode’s Living F.R.E.E. Lab   Black women represent 6.4 percent of the U.S. population. Managing the interlocking impacts of racism and … Continued

  • Nadia Charguia

    January: Mental Wellness Month

    Nadia E. Charguia, MD  Associate Professor Executive Medical Director (interim), Integrated Well-Being Program for UNC Healthcare Director, Taking Care of Our Own Program Medical Director, UNC Psychiatry Outpatient Services   Where we are and where we are going cannot exist without embracing our own well-being. Working in the realm of wellness and well-being at UNC has been … Continued

  • Matt Ballard

    January: Mental Wellness Month

    Matt Ballard, MSW, MDiv Program Manager, Farm at Penny Lane, which houses the Center’s innovative mental health recovery programs such as Horticulture Therapy, Brushes with Life Arts program, UNC PAWS and wellness programs.   Many of us who work with psychiatric patients or clients with serious mental illness (SMI) are familiar with overall health outcomes … Continued

  • January: Imposter Syndrome

    By Laura Ornelas, Ph.D.   As a junior investigator in academia, I understand firsthand the significant impact imposter syndrome can have on one’s mental health and well-being. While academia has been a place where I have matured as a research scientist and experienced many achievements, it is also an environment that is comprised of pressures … Continued

  • December: Eating Disorders During the Holidays

    Written by Dr. Jean Doak, Clinical Director, UNC Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders (CEED)   The holiday season is a time accompanied by celebrations, observances, religious, family, and cultural traditions, and increased time with family and friends. While it can be a time of excitement, anticipation, and joy, it can also be a time … Continued

  • December: Embracing Black-Affirming Mental Health Support and Advocacy

    By Gabby Hodgins, MD How often do we hear the sentiment, ‘it’s just hair?’ I would argue that this sentiment, although often well-meaning, is simply untrue. Being able to take care of our own skin and hair is something that gives us as human beings autonomy, dignity, and a means of self-expression. That said, the ability for all … Continued

  • November: Homelessness Awareness Week

    Homelessness Awareness Week is November 13-21, but the HomeLink team at UNC’s Center for Community Mental Health focuses on supporting homeless and precariously housed people 365 days a year. In the United States, over half a million people experience homelessness on a single night (U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, 2020). Many more people … Continued

  • Jonny Gerkin

    November: Mindfulness, The Important Difference Between Strength and Power

    By Jonny Gerkin, MD   Power is that fantasy of control, so that you don’t have to experience what you fear. Strength is the capacity to experience all that there is and remain responsive. Power has its place at the right time. I don’t mean to cast power aside into the dust bin of … Continued

  • October: Substance Abuse Awareness Month

    Written by Kate Roberts, MA, MSW, LCSW   In my work to support the inpatient IV drug use service, I see firsthand the importance of addressing stigma and implicit bias related to injection drug use (IVDU). As an inpatient IV drug use service, we seek to engage those hospitalized with infections, usually endocarditis, and osteomyelitis, … Continued

  • October: World Mental Health Day

    Written by Dr. Brad Gaynes, Director of the Division of Global Mental Health   What if someone asked you whether it was important to address the 2nd highest cause of disability worldwide? And you knew that there were easy to administer tools to accurately identify the disorder, and there were effective treatments available, and that … Continued

  • September: Suicide and Autism Spectrum Disorder

    When I was in graduate school for clinical psychology, very few people in the field were talking about suicide risk in autistic individuals (note: I use identity-first language [e.g., “autistic person”] instead of person-first language [e.g., “person with autism”] because most of my community partners prefer identity-first language). Over the past decade, a growing body … Continued

  • Jacob Schonberg

    September: Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

    My reflections on working with suicidal patients: Jacob Schonberg, Peer Support Specialist, UNC Wake ACT I have been working in community mental health for the last 13 years, 11 of them with ACT teams.  In that time, I’ve taken many different trainings, on a variety of subjects, from a variety of trainers with different skills … Continued

  • September: Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

    Reflections on working with suicidal patients: Laura McDaniel, UNC Wakebrook FBC Clinical Supervisor I work on a psychiatric crisis unit. A large proportion of the patients I work with are actively thinking about suicide. I work with people who come to us on their own because they are trying to listen to that small part … Continued

  • Nate Sowa

    August: Virtual Care/Telehealth

    It is hard to have a conversation about medicine during the COVID-19 pandemic and not discuss telehealth.  Telehealth (broadly defined as the delivery of clinical and nonclinical health services using telecommunications technology) use has skyrocketed at the onset of the pandemic, with some estimates suggesting telehealth utilization in Medicare beneficiaries increasing nearly 13,000% over pre-pandemic … Continued

  • July: Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

    Often, it is the most difficult times that lead to the bursts of energy that will lift us out of our despair, but also move us toward a more fruitful and fulfilling path.  The past eighteen months have not been an exception of course. From the personal and collective anxiety and mourning the world is … Continued