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Hannah Breisinger

 Correction: A mistake in this story states that the program was funded by the City of Wilmington. The city was awarded the money by the state, via an appropriation from the NC General Assembly.  It then co-tracked the work to Coastal Horizons.  

An innovative substance-recovery program in Wilmington, designed to tackle the national opioid epidemic, is seeing promising results. Just over a year into its pilot run, program leaders hope it will serve as a model across North Carolina. 

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It’s not too late to receive crisis counseling from Hurricane Florence. A state-wide hurricane counseling program, Hope 4 NC, is still up and running, thanks to a $12.2 million federal grant announced by Governor Roy Cooper in April. Today, the program has made contact with 287,000 individuals in 28 North Carolina counties.

Hannah Breisinger


School safety is a collaborative effort. That was the biggest takeaway from a safety summit held by New Hanover County Schools this week. The event featured panel members from specialized areas, including local law enforcement, the county health department, and student support -- to emphasize the importance of county, faculty, and parent involvement in student well-being.

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Access to mental health resources is one of six major unmet needs in the Cape Fear region.  That’s according to New Hanover Regional Medical Center’s 2016 Community Needs Assessment Survey, which examines New Hanover, Brunswick, and Pender Counties.  Suicide is one of the ten leading causes of death in southeastern North Carolina – despite the fact that it’s not in the top 10 statewide.

On July 2, 1961, Ernest Hemingway rose quietly, so as not to disturb his wife.  He put on his bathrobe and slippers, walked down to the basement of his Idaho home, and unlocked his gun case.  He climbed the steps to his foyer, placed his favorite shotgun to the roof of his mouth, and blew the top of his head off.

Wilmington may be among the first communities nationwide to pioneer a health care program integrating primary and behavioral care. New Hanover Regional Medical Center is working with Wilmington’s Coastal Horizons Center to develop a plan to divert those patients suffering mental health crises from the hospital ER to the nonprofit treatment center. Among other benefits, WHQR’s Katie O’Reilly reports that this partnership could cut down on overcrowded emergency room traffic.