Resources for Mental Health and Legal Issues

North Carolina Center on Actual Innocence

The Center’s primary mission is to identify, investigate and advance credible claims of innocence, obtaining justice for people imprisoned for crimes they did not commit, for the victims of those crimes, and for the actual perpetrators. Our secondary mission is to educate policymakers, the public, and legal and law enforcement communities about the factors that contribute to wrongful conviction, as well as emerging solutions which can increase the reliability of convictions. Learn more here. 

Burton Street Community: Care Not Cops

This guide, which put together by UNCA Professor Blu Buchanan, instructs citizens on how to offer help to those who might be experiencing a mental crisis without first contacting law enforcement. Learn more here.

Legal Aid of North Carolina

Legal Aid of North Carolina is here to remove civil legal barriers to economic opportunity for every vulnerable North Carolinian. In 2021, we provided legal services to 22,609 people, benefitting 53,265 total individuals, with the legal and non-legal services they need to live safe, stable, self-sufficient, productive and meaningful lives. Learn more here.