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From hurricanes to coronavirus: NC plans to shift mental health hotline to latest crisis

Stress caused by those byproducts of the pandemic are pushing mental health providers, who typically have appointments with patients in person, to provide the much-needed care virtually or on the phone.

“Disasters of any nature are traumatic, and this is one that is radically changing the way people live their lives on a day-to-day basis, and there’s a lot of uncertainty,” said Kody Kinsley, the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services’ deputy secretary for behavioral health and intellectual and developmental disabilities.

That uncertainty can lead to new mental health conditions or exacerbate existing ones, according to Kinsley and other experts. To help those are suffering, North Carolina officials have loosened rules around telehealth and are exploring widening a crisis hotline that has been active in the eastern part of the state since Hurricane Florence in 2018

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Royals Urge Followers To ‘Look After’ Mental Health

Prince William and Kate Middleton encouraged people on Sunday to look after their mental health during the coronavirus crisis, four days after Prince Charles tested positive for the disease⁠—and one month after a shocking video of William joking about spreading COVID-19 to healthcare workers surfaced.

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Pop Star Meghan Trainor Reveals Battle with Panic Disorder

In the new issue of PEOPLE, the pop star reveals she was diagnosed with panic disorder in 2017 after undergoing two vocal cord surgeries.

Through therapy and medication, Trainor says today she is the happiest and healthiest she’s been in her life and hopes her journey with mental health — which inspired her new album, Treat Myself — helps others.

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