Opinion

The case for a full-time legislature in North Carolina

David McLennan: House and Senate members need more time to fully deliberate public policy issues. Tax reform and mental health reform don’t get done because these policy issues are difficult to do in the midst of regular legislative business and the desire to keep sessions short.

Op-Ed

Why more beds not the answer to NC mental health problems

William Harrington: Building more psychiatric hospital beds would fly in the face of the massive amount of scientific and anecdotal evidence amassed in the last 60 years. It would be a giant step backward and a disservice to the families and individuals who are struggling daily to cope with life in North Carolina.

Op-Ed

In wake of deputy’s shooting, a numbing senselessness

Dallas Morning News: Investigators arrested Shannon J. Miles, 30, of Houston in the death of Harris County sheriff’s deputy Darren Goforth. He has said little about why he might have targeted an officer. Whatever more we learn, nothing will bring back Goforth, a 10-year veteran who leaves a wife and two young children. Bullets fired do not return.

Op-Ed

Mental health strategies what would help halt gun violence

Incidents like the Virginia shootings are part of the glaring array of social pathologies that emanate from our country’s failed mental health care system

We need to identify mental illness early and intervene before a person’s symptoms disrupt their lives and society

One way to do this is to embed mental health professionals in emergency rooms and general medical clinics and to train school personnel and guidance counselors and provide them with screening instruments and referral sources for mental health care

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Op-Ed

Mental health strategies what would help halt gun violence

Incidents like the Virginia shootings are part of the glaring array of social pathologies that emanate from our country’s failed mental health care system

We need to identify mental illness early and intervene before a person’s symptoms disrupt their lives and society

One way to do this is to embed mental health professionals in emergency rooms and general medical clinics and to train school personnel and guidance counselors and provide them with screening instruments and referral sources for mental health care