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Crisis clinic opens in Brunswick County, offering free mental healthcare


It may look non-descript from the outside, but inside the building, people are receiving critical help. For more than a decade, the New Hope Clinic has offered free medical care to uninsured and low income Brunswick County residents.

“New Hope Clinic can handle the general medical needs of our patients, but every day we have individuals walking through the door with mental health issues,” said Sheila Roberts of the New Hope Clinic.

That need led to a partnership between the New Hope Clinic, North Carolina Mentor, a mental health agency, and Southeastern Center for Mental Health. There is now a crisis center next door, offering up to four free visits for people seeking mental health assistance.

“We’re having folks come through, people who have lost their job or maybe they’re having relationship problems,” said North Carolina Mentor’s Tommy Puckett.

John Holmes of Southeastern Center for Mental Health said, “It’s just absolutely critical that folks do know that it does exist and they don’t have to feel that they’re helpless and they’re kind of wandering around.”

State dollars allocated through Southeastern pay for the clinic’s services, which are all about being proactive, not reactive.

“Hopefully they don’t wind up going to more intensive need as a hospitalization for example,” said Holmes.

“If their needs can be met within that four visit limit, then that’s great, because we prevented that person from having greater needs in the long run,” added Puckett.

If more helped is needed after four visits, the clinic offers referrals to other agencies. Representatives from the involved agencies said they are happy to play a part in a field that so badly needs the help.

The New Hope Clinic will soon break ground on a new, larger facility in Boiling Spring Lakes. If you are interested in contacting the clinic or learning more about its services, you can find information on the New Hope Clinic website.

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videoWith the state’s mental healthcare system struggling, finding affordable, adequate care can be challenging. But thanks to a special partnership, a first of its kind crisis clinic is up and running in Brunswick County, offering free, mental healthcare to those who need it.

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