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Highlighting Your Health: Seeking help aids mental health, substance use

December 04, 2019 posted by Vidant Health News

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Stereotypes and prejudices associated with mental illness and substance use can add to the burden of those suffering with the disease. Vidant Health's Glenn Simpson, who has his own experience with mental health struggles, is out to change the narrative and said there have been many positive strides.

"I've worked all my professional life to see behavioral health acknowledged at this level."

Glenn Simpson

While the stigma attached to mental illness and substance use has declined in recent years, there is still work to be done, Simpson said.

In addition to 52 behavioral health beds at Vidant Medical Center, the health system included inpatient services at Vidant Roanoke-Chowan Hospital in Ahoskie, Vidant Duplin Hospital in Kenansville and Halifax Regional Medical Center in Roanoke Rapids. There are also seven behavioral health outpatient clinics and three structured outpatient programs at Vidant Bertie in Windsor, Vidant Edgecombe in Tarboro and Vidant Chowan in Edenton. The health system's partner, ECU Physicians, operates a large psychiatric practice in the Greenville medical district.

To read more on Vidant Health and Glenn Simpson's efforts, visit The Daily Reflector

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