Naval Medical Center Camp Lejeune has partnered with Novant Health and others to bring a new psychiatric residency program to southeastern North Carolina.
According to a recent press release from Novant Health, a 2022 study that evaluated access to mental health care nationwide ranked North Carolina in the bottom third, along with other southern states.
The release said that rural areas, in particular, struggle with reduced numbers.
“We know untreated mental illness leads to multiple bad outcomes, ranging from reduced quality of life and problems at work and home to substance use, overdoses, homelessness, imprisonment and suicide,” said Wilmington-based Psychiatrist with Novant Health Dr. Julia Triggs in the release.
Triggs has helped lead planning efforts for the residency.
Novant Health has partnered with not only Naval Medical Center Camp Lejeune, but also UNC Health and UNC School of Medicine to launch the program in order to train more physicians in