Mental Health

If your loved one experiences a mental health crisis, know that UNC Health Johnston offers hope. During inpatient care at our Smithfield hospital, adults get support, tools, and resources to improve their quality of life.

Goals of Inpatient Treatment

When your loved one is admitted to UNC Health Johnston due to a mental illness, trust us to help them:

  • Stabilize their mental health
  • Learn coping skills to prevent a relapse or future hospital stay
  • Return home as soon as possible
  • Function as independently and safely as possible

Why Does Someone Need Inpatient Care?

Your family member or friend may need inpatient care to protect them from harming themselves or someone else during a behavioral health crisis. Inpatient treatment also helps people who cannot or will not care for themselves.

Complete, Well-Rounded Services

During a hospital stay, your loved one’s day will be filled with scheduled, structured activities, including:

  • Group therapy
  • Individual therapy
  • Medication education
  • Coping skill education
  • Recreation (activity) therapy

You can feel confident about our quality of care because patients report high satisfaction with our program.

Supportive Team

Your relative or friend will receive an assessment and a personalized treatment plan from a group of professionals, such as:

  • Psychiatrist (mental health doctor)
  • Psychiatric nurses
  • Social workers
  • Spiritual care providers
  • Recreational therapists

Supportive family members are part of the team, too. We may ask for your perspective, if needed.

Visitors & Privacy

To protect your loved one, we will not give out information about their condition without their permission.

Before you visit, ask if they’d like to see you. Up to two adults at a time may visit any day from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., as well as 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. on weekends.

Visitor Guidelines

To visit a mental health patient, you must:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Show identification and sign in
  • Leave all belongings at home
  • Respect patient confidentiality
  • Be respectful of others and therapeutic for your loved one

Length of Hospital Stay

Your loved one’s care team will help determine when it’s safe to return home. Often, patients leave the hospital after a few days, and then begin outpatient care to maintain their progress.

Financial Information

Most insurance is accepted, including Medicare and Medicaid. For more information, please contact us at 919-938-7540.

Follow-Up Care

Before your loved one goes home, we’ll help them make a plan for long-term success. They may receive a referral to community resources such as Alliance Health, conveniently located at Johnston County Public Health- Behavioral Health Division, next to our Smithfield hospital. Encourage your relative or friend to stick with their outpatient care plan so they can reach their potential.

Seek Emergency Care

If you or someone else is in danger due to a mental health crisis, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency department.

Related Locations

Calling Your Loved One

Dial 919-938-7540, to speak to a mental health patient between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m. If no one answers, patients may be in group activities, so try again later. Please limit your conversation to 10 minutes so other patients have time for calls.