Behavioral and Mental Health

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What is a behavioral health crisis?

A behavioral health crisis happens when you are unable to cope with a range of emotions, impulses and behaviors. Below are examples of a behavioral health crisis:

  • Feelings of panic or anxiety that cause you to avoid people and decisions.
  • Believing people are out to get you or want to hurt you.
  • Withdrawal from alcohol or drugs.
  • Major changes in alcohol or drug use.
  • Seeing or hearing things other people do not see or hear.
  • Intense feelings of hopelessness, helplessness or sadness.
  • Thinking or talking about hurting yourself or others.

Man with headphones looking into the distance with text on the picture: 988 suicide & crisis lifeline and or text 988 to reach the 988 lifeline

Care providers are available anytime, day or night. When you call 1-888-235-
HOPE (4673), Partners’ Access to Care Call Center Staff will connect you to services by scheduling an appointment, directing you to a nearby clinic or by sending a crisis professional out to meet you.

Pregnant women who are using drugs and anyone injecting drugs receive priority scheduling. If this applies to you, you will receive the first open appointment.

Once you are connected to a service provider, they are your “first responder” and will give you contact information so you can reach them at any time in case of a crisis. Your provider works with you to develop a crisis plan that is unique to you. The plan outlines what you, your family and your friends are to do if a behavioral health crisis occurs in the future.

Mental health in Cabarrus County

As part of the County’s commitment to addressing mental illness in Cabarrus, local leaders have initiated a series of opportunities to connect with our community and raise awareness of mental health. Learn how you can #bethedifference in Cabarrus.

Our goal is to ensure public safety, heighten public awareness and improve the treatment and recovery of individuals with mental illness in our community through appropriate evaluation, intervention, diversion and supervision. 

Local behavioral and mental health service providers

Partners Behavioral Health Management

Local management entity/managed care organization that helps families get mental health, intellectual/developmental disabilities and substance use disorder services and support they need.

Daymark Recovery Services

Daymark Recovery Services provides an array of outpatient and psychiatric services for the treatment of mental illnesses, substance use disorders, or developmental disabilities. Services are tailored to individual needs and delivered using evidence-based approaches to increase effectiveness.

Atrium Health Behavioral Health

Atrium Health evaluates, diagnoses and treats adults aged 18 and older who are experiencing a mental illness. They provide a range of treatment options, therapeutic approaches and state-of-the-art medical interventions.

Data dashboard: Cabarrus County ARPA-funded mental health outcomes

Data dashboard: Cabarrus County Mental and Behavioral Health Scorecard

What you can do to destigmatize mental health

  • Enroll in free online Mental Health First Aid trainings. Check out dates and register here.
  • Equip yourself to reduce suicidal behaviors in others. In as little as 90 minutes you can receive a free QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) Suicide Prevention training. Learn about QPR.
  • Learn how to break stigma and have an open dialogue about mental health at one of MHA's monthly Coffee & Conversations.
  • Take the conversation on the road by hosting a Coffee & Conversation or other training at your workplace, home, school or church group, etc. Inquire now.
  • Participate/watch Partners Behavioral Healthcare's monthly Community Cafe presentations. Follow the video below to access the playlist.

Mental Health America resources

National Alliance on Mental Illness resources

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. The NAMI website includes resources, news, support stories, videos and more. Across the country, thousands of trained NAMI volunteers bring peer-led programs to a wide variety of community settings, from churches to schools to NAMI Affiliates. With the unique understanding of people with lived experience, these programs and support groups provide outstanding free education, skills training and support. This page is not associated with Cabarrus County.

NAMI Cabarrus meets Mondays, 7 p.m. at the Cabarrus County Senior Center, Concord (331 Corban Ave. SE)

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NAMI’s Ask the Expert

NAMI news


Mental Health identified as a 2020 Community Need Priority

Mental health heavily influences an individual’s quality of life. Access to mental and behavioral healthcare has been identified as a priority need in Cabarrus County since 2012. Just like physical health, mental health needs to be taken care of and maintained, with available, affordable, and timely access to care.Data shows that from 2018 to 2019, there was a 20% increase in the number of psychiatric patients admitted to Atrium Health Cabarrus’ Emergency Department (ED). Between 2016 and 2019, admissions for anxiety, mood, and psychotic disorders rose 32%, while admissions for suicidal ideation rose 36%. In 2017, Cabarrus County EMS responded to 160 calls for self-harm; and by 2020, that number rose to 225 calls.

View Cabarrus County's 2020 Community Needs Assessment Report

View Cabarrus County's 2020 Community Health Improvement Plans

Cabarrus County Mental Health Advisory Board

Local media articles on mental health

WSOC, Oct. 7, 2022: Cabarrus County Schools increases focus on students’ mental health after pandemic

WSOC, Oct. 5, 2022: Mental Health Resources: Programs and organizations helping children, teens

Independent Tribune, July 25, 2019: ‘It’s Your Business’: Teens with mental disorder make products for community at camp

Independent Tribune, July 22, 2019: Work on updated Cabarrus Community Needs Assessment to start in fall (sixth and final story in series about address mental health illness and finding resources in Cabarrus County)

Independent Tribune, July 19, 2019: Daymark Recovery offers treatment services for mental health issues

Independent Tribune, July 18, 2019: ‘We take it very seriously’: County, school officials address mental health in schools

Independent Tribune, July 5, 2019: ‘Knowledge is power’: Learn about Mental Health First Aid

Independent Tribune, July 3, 2019: Finding ways around barriers to find mental health treatment

Independent Tribune, July 1, 2019: County leaders collaborate on ways to help mental health crisis

Independent Tribune, May 26, 2019: Teens paint a picture of mental health and substance use in Cabarrus County

Independent Tribune, May 7, 2019: How Cabarrus residents can achieve life balance this month

Independent Tribune, July 6, 2018: Daughter's overdose death spurs mom to raise awareness

WCNC, June 13, 2018: Mental Health 'first aid' training

Independent Tribune, May 30, 2018: Cabarrus prepares for 2-year program to battle opioid crisis

Independent Tribune, March 8, 2018: A CommUNITY Conversation about Prescription Opioid and Heroin Use

Spectrum News, February 3, 2018: Cabarrus Co hosts mental health first aid training