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  1. Be a Battle Buddy: Veterans Services Promotes Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Training

    Many veterans return from their service carrying trauma. That is why Mecklenburg County Veterans Services is taking part in the North Carolina Governor’s Challenge, to prevent and reduce suicide among transitioning service members, veterans, and their families. Veterans in Mecklenburg County and across the state are invited to become a “Battle Buddy,” someone who ensures you are never alone. The N.C. Governor Challenge training is free and open to anyone in the community who wants to grow as an expert companion to service members, veterans, caregivers, and their families. 

  2. Mecklenburg County Earns National Achievement Awards

    Mecklenburg County has been recognized with ten 2024 Achievement Awards from the National Association of Counties (NACo). 

  3. Mecklenburg Shapes Leaders: CSS Director Graduates from ‘Leadership North Carolina’

    Stacy Lowry, director of Community Support Services, is one of 56 civic and community leaders from around North Carolina to graduate from Leadership North Carolina. The class comprised leaders from across the state and across sectors—government, business, nonprofit, education, etc. A graduation ceremony was held May 8 at the Charlotte Museum of History.

  4. Behavioral Health Strategy: Residents Can Comment on Plan to Address Mental Health and Substance Use

    Mecklenburg County has completed a draft of a behavioral health strategic plan and invites residents to review and offer comments, especially people with lived experience, family members, and service providers. Behavioral health generally refers to mental health and substance use disorders, life stressors and crises, and stress-related physical symptoms. In recent years, Mecklenburg County has identified behavioral health as a priority for improving the well-being of residents. 

  5. Do the Write Thing: Students Share Powerful Experiences With Youth Violence

    Two students have been named National Ambassadors of Mecklenburg County’s annual “Do the Write Thing” writing contest. Qui’arie Randall from Northeast Middle School and Justice Fields from Whitewater Middle School may represent their peers during the National Campaign to Stop Violence Recognition Week in Washington, D.C. this summer. An initiative of the National Campaign to Stop Violence, Do the Write Thing is a writing program for middle school students that engages students to think about how youth violence has affected their lives and to consider what they can do about it. 

  6. Love Like That: National Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month in Mecklenburg County

    One in three young people in the United States experiences abuse by a dating partner. In an average Mecklenburg County classroom, that’s more than 10 students.

  7. Caring for Clients: CSS’s Substance Use Services Re-accredited for Three Years

    Mecklenburg County’s Substance Use Services team recently earned re-accreditation for three years by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).  

  8. Extreme Weather: Update on Charlotte-Mecklenburg Homeless Shelters and Assistance

    In response to extreme weather, forecasted through Sunday, Jan. 21, 2024, an activation of extreme weather protocols will begin today at 6 p.m., and includes expanded hours of operation and additional capacity at area homeless shelters. 

  9. County Holds Youth Resource Fair for Middle and High Schoolers

    The Community Engagement Task Group (CETG) will hold its first Youth Resource Fair on Saturday.

  10. 2,700 Neighbors in Need: County Releases Housing & Homelessness Report

    The annual State of Housing Instability and Homelessness (SoHIH) Report combines local, regional, and national data across the housing continuum, serving as foundation from which Charlotte-Mecklenburg can make informed decisions on the allocation of resources and development of systems of care. The report consists of three main sections: Homelessness, Housing Instability, and Stably Housed.