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As an essential part of the learning process, students in Southwestern Community College’s therapeutic massage program will open their learning clinic on Oct. 27 at the Jackson Campus.

Clinic appointment times are 3 p.m. and 4:15 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays (except Thanksgiving) through Dec. 10. The clinic is located in Room 203 of the Burrell Building.

“We’ve got a tremendous group of students this year,” said Jenny Burgess, one of the program’s instructors. “They’ve been working extremely hard in class preparing for the clinic, and this new phase of the learning process will be vital in helping them reach their goals of becoming licensed professionals.”


Mental illness has been part of my life since I was a child. Four of my six family members were hospitalized with diagnoses ranging from schizophrenia to borderline personality disorder to depression. Where some people saw my family members only as “patients,” to me, they were always known as mom, dad, Gary and Stephanie. We loved each other and, together, worked through life’s rough spots.

This week is Mental Illness Awareness Week. Mental illness affects one in five Americans, but the good news is that these conditions are highly treatable. Most people with a mental illness never consider committing the acts of violence that dominate news headlines. Instead, they often live productive lives as valued community members.


During Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October, the American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give blood to support cancer patients and others needing blood products. According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the second most common cancer among women in the U.S., with one in eight developing invasive breast cancer in her lifetime. Breast cancer patients may need blood products during chemotherapy, mastectomy surgery or treatment of complications.

Volunteer blood donors are the only source of blood for patients needing transfusions.


The Macon Overdose Prevention Coalition (MOPC), a multi-disciplinary coalition dedicated to prevent and provide resources for the treatment of opioid overdoses was chosen to be one of 18 grant recipients from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The MOPC will collaborate with the N.C. Harm Reduction Coalition to increase the availability and use of the opioid antagonist naloxone in Macon County.

One of the primary goals of the MOPC is to provide community members with naloxone and information on resources and services available to people who use opioids. The medication naloxone will be provided for free. Each of the 18 grant recipients which represent 13 states, will be awarded $100,000 over one year. North Carolina will be host to two of the grants, the other of which will focus on Vance County.


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