NAVIGATING MENTAL HEALTH AT UNC: CHARLOTTE'S STORY


Charlotte finds a balance and looks up to the future

Charlotte is seeing the sky again. The anxiety that had been forcing her eyes to the ground has faded, and she’s looking up. “If you know (her) at all, she’s the kind of person that sees beauty in everything and even the weirdest things that no one else thinks are beautiful,” said Regan Buchanan, one of Charlotte’s close friends.


Many of the warning signs associated with mental illness are often overlooked in a college environment. Charlotte, a UNC junior, has just begun counseling.

Missing the signs of something wrong

Editor’s note: This story is the first in a series chronicling mental health issues on a college campus through a central character, a UNC junior who asked to keep her real name private. Sara Salinas, a reporter for The Daily Tar Heel who knows “Charlotte” personally, is following her as she navigates her diagnosis and takes steps to find help throughout the semester.