Vidant Medical Center Behavioral Health sponsors 2017 Mental Health Expo

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Vidant Medical Center Behavioral Health is sponsoring the 2017 Mental Health Expo. It was the event’s fifth year at Vidant.

The expo featured more than 50 exhibitors from service organizations available to answer questions and provide information about local mental health and substance abuse resources.

The education series included topics like psychiatric hospitalization, stress management, and adolescent substance abuse.

Glenn Simpson, with Vidant’s Behavioral Health, said Opiod abuse is one of the fastest growing problems within mental health. He said people are often getting addicted to opiods without realizing it.

He also said reducing the stigma surrounding mental health is critical.

“We see people who have mental health issues do violent crimes, and that doesn’t really help, because the majority that have a mental health issue are not really violent,” Simpson said.

Simpson said one in five people will suffer from a mental health disorder this year. That number increases to one in four people who are hospitalized for any reason.

 

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