Barbara-Ann Bybel, director of psychiatry services for UNC Health and UNC WakeBrook, will be addressing the state’s mental health crisis at the North Carolina Healthcare Association (NCHA) Virtual Town Hall next month.
Barbara-Ann Bybel, director of psychiatry services at UNC Health and UNC WakeBrook, will be speaking at the North Carolina Healthcare Association (NCHA) Virtual Town Hall. Bybel, who is also the vice chair of psychiatry hospital services and integration at UNC Health, will be one of five panelists addressing North Carolina’s mental health crisis. More than 450,000 adults and young adults in N.C. have a serious mental illness, and rates of depression, anxiety and other disorders continue to rise, in part due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Hospitals across the state are innovating to bring high quality mental healthcare to more North Carolinians, even as many areas face shortages in behavioral health specialists, like psychiatrists and inpatient mental health beds for those in crisis.
In addition to UNC Health, joining in the discussion will be leaders from Novant Health, NC Chamber, North Carolina Psychiatric Association, and Cone Health. Dr. Nisha Mehta, a Charlotte-based physician, speaker and writer, will serve as the moderator. This conversation among healthcare leaders and the public will provide an opportunity to share experiences and ask questions about the future of mental healthcare in North Carolina.
The town hall will take place on October 7, from 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. If you would like to take part in this free event, register here.