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February 8, 2019

Each year at the annual convention, NAMI recognizes outstanding achievements and  accomplishments made by individuals and organizations that have advanced the NAMI mission  Please send your nominations for the following categories before February 16, 2019:

NAMI National Awards (recipients recognized at Convention) Distinguished Service Award Gloria Huntley Award Ken Steele Award Lionel Aldridge Champions Award Outstanding NAMI Member Richard T. Greer Advocacy Award Sam Cochran Criminal Justice Award Young Leader Award Multicultural Outreach Award Outstanding NAMI Affiliate Outstanding NAMI State Organization Rona and Ken Purdy Award to End Discrimination Joyce Burland Inspiration Award Exemplary Read More

    By Pepper Baker

    HOUSTON COUNTY, Ga. — The National Association of School Psychologists recommends a ratio of 1 school psychologists for every thousand students. Now, most states don’t meet that standard.

    Georgia is one of them.

    Houston County Student Services Coordinator Monica Smith breaks down Georgia’s ratio of one school psychologist for every 2,400 students.

    “School psychologists serve about three to four schools, depending on the student and the school’s needs or population,” She said.However, school counselors are different.

    “School counselors, there’s one in every Read More

    By Julie Waldock

    COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – A rising number of children and adolescents in Georgia are being diagnosed with mental health disorders, but now some parents are finding that mental health care is not so easy to find.

    Published reports out of Macon indicate that Georgia faces a severe shortage of mental health care providers, with only 8 youth and adolescent psychiatrists for every 100,000 residents.

    Voices for Georgia’s Children, whose mission is to improve the lives of children, calls the Read More

    Certified Peer Specialists work from the perspective of their lived experience to help build environments conducive to recovery. They promote hope, personal responsibility, empowerment, education, and self-determination in the communities where they serve.  CPSs are trained to assist others in skill-building, problem-solving, setting up and maintaining self-help mutual support groups, and building self-directed recovery tools. A critical role of the CPS is supporting others in developing their recovery goals, and specific steps to reach those goals.

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    A CIT-Youth class this week was hosted by Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office. Pictured is class lead, Deputy Charles Jenkins; school social workers and community members were in attendance.

    For more information on CIT-Youth, email

    NAMI Georgia held our first A of the year in Atlanta on January 19. We had over 60 affiliate and program leaders in attendance from across the state! It was a fantastic day of sharing, networking and learning. Thank you to all that attended!

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    Guest expert, Child and Adult Psychiatrist and Physician Administrator Phillip Murray, MD, MPH, provides practical information on how to extract what you or your loved ones need from the mental health system.

    Come take a listen… More than a magazine! Join Ourselves Black for their weekly podcast that delves into black mental health. Listen as Senior Editor & NAMI Georgia Board Member, Dr. Sarah Y. Vinson, interviews mental health experts on a variety of topics and also provides a glimpse into the Read More

    By Alyssa Lenox, NAMI Ending the Silence Presenter

    I was born with a mental health condition. I displayed symptoms of poor mental health from a young age, and endured thoughts of suicide as early as seven years old. As I grew, my mental illness grew with me. My condition went unrecognized, not because of a lack of caring or support from loved ones, but because no one knew about it. I kept the fear, despair, and self-harm a secret because I Read More

    Kim Jones, NAMI Georgia Executive Director served as a guest speaker at the Public Safety & Community Development Policy Committee Joint Meeting – Georgia Municipal Association, 2019 Mayors’ Day

    Other panelists included: Bill Trivelpiece, Drug Intelligence Officer; Andy Davis, Partner, Brinson, Askew, Berry, LLP; Senator Renee Unterman; Senator Matt Brass, and Rep. Spencer Frye

    First Mental Health Mondays at the Capitol! Pictured above is Yosha Dotson of Mental Health America of Georgia and Bonnie Hannah of NAMI Georgia representing the Georgia Mental Read More

    By Adena Bank Lees | Jan. 16, 2019

    Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other forms of traumatic stress can make life incredibly difficult and unpredictable. Intrusive thoughts and flashbacks can just show up without a moment’s notice, affecting your ability to function.

    Staying away from the people, places and situations that trigger these thoughts and memories can be appropriate and helpful at times. However, using avoidance as your only strategy can cause more problems than it attempts to solve. These symptoms can’t Read More

    State lawmakers can put a health insurance card in the pockets of almost half a million Georgians by leveraging billions of federal health care dollars, but they need to hear from you. Use the form by clicking here to send a quick email to your state lawmakers and ask them to make expanding health insurance coverage a priority!

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