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Behavioral health urgent care coming to Mecklenburg

Jan. 31. Former Carolina Panthers player Steve Smith along with Mecklenburg County, Alliance Health and Daymark Recovery Services have announced plans to establish a new behavioral health urgent care center in Charlotte.

The center, to be built on Colonnade Drive in east Charlotte, will operate 24/7 and provide substance abuse and mental health treatment for children and adults.

It is expected to open early next year.

Mental health crisis

Two years into the COVID-19 pandemic, an overwhelming majority of Americans believe the US is in the grips of a full-blown mental health crisis, according to a new USA TODAY/Suffolk University poll.

Tragedy with local connection

Cheslie Kryst/Photo Miss USA Pageant

Cheslie Kryst, an attorney and entertainment news correspondent who won the 2019 Miss USA pageant, died in New York City yesterday in an apparent suicide.

She had a law degree and an MBA from Wake Forest University and was a member of the board of directors of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Carolinas.

In an imminent crisis, dial 911.

National Suicide Hotline

1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255)

Website: Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Veterans Crisis Line

1-800-273-8255  Press 1

Local Hotline: CHS (Carolinas Healthcare Services) Behavioral Health Call Center

(704) 444-2400 or 1-800-418-2065

Helpful Websites Specifically Dealing With Suicide

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP)

The first few weeks and months following a suicide are so very confusing. AFSP has a wealth of information. There is a tab called, “Coping With Suicide Loss”. The
pull down screen includes an option called, “Where do I begin?” It’s very good.

Website: www.afsp.org

Davidson LifeLine

Davidson LifeLine exists to help prevent suicide and promote mental health in our community

Website: www.davidsonlifeline.org


Help and Support Group Guide (Mecklenburg County)

HUGS (Healing and Understanding of Grief from Suicide)

Website: HUGS


Living After Suicide

Living After Suicide is a support group for those who’ve lost a loved one to suicide.

Website: http://livingaftersuicide.webs.com



KinderMourn provides hope for bereaved parents, grieving children and teens by support and counseling programs, creating awareness of bereavement issues and empowering the community to effectively assist those who have suffered an unthinkable loss.

Website: KinderMourn


Psychotherapy groups and mental health professionals directory

Website: www.mhacentralcarolinas.org


The Smith Family Behavioral Health Urgent Care will also coordinate with Atrium Health and Novant Health on services related to emergency department visits.