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Reach Roundup: The US didn’t qualify for the World Cup this year, so how are you deciding who to cheer for?


What do you think is the biggest barrier to seeking mental health care?


I think there are fewer places to receive mental health care and the cost is probably prohibitive. I have a friend who works in an emergency room in NC and she says they serve as a mental health pharmacy. Patients get in trouble or in desperate need and go to the emergency room for medication etc. They are not receiving consistent care, but only getting it when their situation is dire. In school, we simply do not have the resources.  I had several students with mental health issues this year but there was no one in the school who could support us or offer therapy to the students.
-Kim from Wake County

There is definitely a stigma and certain amount of denial attached to recognition and addressing our own mental health. This is why we need to work on increasing the normality of mental health care for ALL. Everyone needs someone to talk to; once you begin speaking, you are suddenly not alone. Mental health wellness physicals need to be a free annual service, just like physical wellness annual visits, with follow up provided as needed. We are a long way from admitting this. 
-Rachel from Cherokee County


The U.S. didn’t qualify for the World Cup this year, so how are you deciding who to cheer for?


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We are excited to announce that we are formally moving into the community college and postsecondary space. This is a big new day for all of us at EdNC who care deeply about the entire education continuum from birth to career. For more on the announcement, check out the letter from MC Pilon of the John M. Belk Endowment announcing their investment in our work. 

We’ve spent the last several months traveling the state and visiting our community colleges. We’ve gone to Randolph Community College and Rowan-Cabarrus. We’ve spent time in Charlotte learning how Central Piedmont Community College is building bridges between the present and future for the Queen City. We hung out with Amanda Vick and other inspiring students at Martin Community College down east. 

I’m looking forward to visiting all 58 community colleges with our entire crew to tell stories, lift up your voice, conduct research, and explore the future of North Carolina through the prism of our community colleges. Do you have ideas for stories or policies we should explore? What are your thoughts on our community colleges? Please send me an email at to let us know!

All the best,


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Reach NC Voices Team

The Reach NC Voices team includes Nation Hahn, director of growth for EdNC; Molly Osborne, director of policy; Analisa Sorrells, chief of staff and associate director of policy; and Alli Lindenberg, engagement specialist.