Ben Rappaport

Ben Rappaport

Ben Rappaport is a staff writer at Border Belt Independent.

Dr. Jugta Kahai examines a patient

Crisis in children’s mental health takes a heavy toll in rural southeastern NC

By: - October 23, 2023

This story, which originally appeared in the Border Belt Independent, is the first in a two-part project about the children’s mental health crisis in Bladen, Columbus, Robeson and Scotland counties. Read the second story, which focuses on the foster care system, story here. A 9-year-old girl who spent four months last year inside the Columbus […]