New Hanover County has set up a crisis intervention line in response to the shooting at New Hanover High School that occurred today. The phone line, available in English and Spanish, will be open today, Monday, August 30, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., and on Tuesday, August 31 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Students, parents, and staff are encouraged to call 910-798-6501 to speak with a mental health therapist from New Hanover County Health and Human Services.
“As a parent with a child in the public school system, as a concerned resident, and as someone elected to keep our community safe and healthy, today was gut wrenching and cannot be tolerated,” said New Hanover County Board of Commissioner Chair Julia Olson-Boseman. “I have spoken with New Hanover County School Board Chair Stefanie Adams and committed any resources needed from the county to help our students, families and staff through this frightening ordeal. No one, especially our children, should feel scared like they did today. If your child was at the school, New Hanover County has set up a number for you and your child to call to speak with a mental health therapist. We will also be working with New Hanover High School to have mental health therapists on campus for students to speak with. They need our support, and we are here to provide it. I have also asked for a joint meeting with Commissioners, the school board, and our law enforcement partners to discuss and then take actions to do more to keep our schools safe and protect our kids, so nothing like this happens again in our community. There is nothing more important than keeping our children safe.”
For crisis assistance outside of school or the call center’s hours, families can call Trillium Health Resources Access Center at 877-685-2415 to be connected with a local resource for help.