Need outstrips beds for mental health patients – Raleigh News & Observer Local –

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RALEIGH — More than 30 times a day, someone calls Wake County’s assessment center for people in need of help with a mental health or substance abuse problem.

Anyone in a true emergency gets help right away, sometimes from a mobile crisis team, Wake County Human Services officials told the county’s board of commissioners Monday.

“If they say, ‘I’m giving up, I’m in a hotel room, I’ve got a gun and I’m going to kill myself,’ the need is usually very, very clear,” said Suzanne Goerger, program manager of the county’s access center.

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