Black-owned business grant will expand Havelock mental health services – New Bern Sun Journal

by | Jun 25, 2022 | Business

Grant funding that assists small, minority-owned businesses is helping a Havelock behavioral health group expand its services to some of Craven County’s most vulnerable citizens.On June 14, the Coalition to Back Black Businesses announced that Hurt and Healing Behavioral Health and Wellness, a Havelock-based psychology and behavioral health practice, was one of 20 businesses that had been awarded a $25,000 enhancement grant from its 2021 program.The multi-year initiative was established in September 2020 by American Express, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and four national Black business organizations — the National Black Chamber of Commerce, National Business League, U.S. Black Chambers, Inc., and Walker’s Legacy — to support the long-term success of Black-owned small businesses as they navigate the COVID-19 pandemic.More:New Bern’s Black-owned businesses still fighting to recover from COVID-19Located at 118 Crocker Road across from the main entrance to Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, Hurt and Healing Behavioral Health and Wellness specializes in minority issues, military families, trauma, and relationship abuse. In addition to telehealth services, the practice provides individual and group therapy as well as couples and family therapy. Psychological assessments are also offered for autism and other disorders. Owner Che Ward, a licensed clinical psychologist, said that after moving to the Havelock area with her husband a year and a half ago, she began offering online counseling services from her house.“When I started looking around, that led me to know that there are very few therapists and only one psychologist here,” Ward said. “So I saw this was a prime place for people to come here and do mental health.”Ward opened the Crocker Road practice in July 2021 and currently employs a second therapist as well as an assistant, an intern and office staff. “We’re slowly growing,” Ward said. “The more people in the community know about us the more clients we get and the more referrals.”Ward said when she arrived in Havelock she was surprised that so few behavioral health practices were available in the area. “There is a lot that comes with small town life and also poverty,” she said. “There’s a lot of mental health issues that people either ignore or don’t know they can get help for. There is also a need to serve the military community. The service members usually get help but the families need to know that we’re here for them, too.”’We’r …

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