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August 4, 2017

NAMI Georgia is seeking personal stories about your experiences with parity discrimination, to be presented to legislators as part of Mental Health Day at the Capitol.

Federal legislation through the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 requires health insurance companies to equalize mental health coverage benefits and other illnesses such as heart disease, diabetes, etc. This stipulation is known as parity. Before parity, insurance companies could create limitations that included but were not limited to the number of Read More

    NAMI Georgia and affiliates are offering several upcoming classes. Pre-registration is required. Pre-register for each class with the contact(s) listed below.

    NAMI Smarts (Atlanta) Dec 17, 2017 10am-3pm To Register: programs@namiga.org NAMI Smarts Modules 1 & 3 will be presented in this one-day class. Learn to summarize your experience as a person with mental illness or as a family member and make an ‘ask’ in 90 seconds, and orchestrate a successful meeting with an elected official at the local, state, or Read More

    Become a NAMI Basics Teacher!

    NAMI Basics  is a free education program for parents and other caregivers of children and adolescents living with mental illnesses. This training will give you the tools and certification to teach NAMI Basics classes.

    NAMI Basics Teacher Training January 26-27 2018 8:30 AM – 5:30 PM NAMI Georgia Headquarters 4120 Presidential Parkway, Suite 200, Atlanta, GA 30340 RSVP to programs@namiga.org is required!

    Please submit the completed application to programs@namiga.org.

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    Georgia Gives Day and #GivingTuesday are joining forces! Support NAMI Georgia on November 28!

    Help make Georgia’s biggest day of giving even bigger: Show your love on November 28th by giving a little—and together, we’ll do a lot for the causes we care about, such as NAMI Georgia. Whether you can donate ten dollars or ten thousand, it adds up to another incredible day of support for the nonprofits that meet urgent needs, enrich lives, and build thriving communities across Read More

    Introduction To Behavioral Health And Addictive Diseases Training Courses (IBHAD) is open to the public.

    These training classes are designed to offer an overview of behavioral health conditions and addictive diseases that most often result in law enforcement interaction and intervention. They also provides educational tools to effectively recognize and respond to those in crisis.

    If your agency or organization is interested in hosting an IBHAD training course, please contact admincit@namiga.org.

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    The media often reports on individuals with mental illness. However, little is known about how accurately the media portrays these individuals. Are journalists getting mental illness “right?” It seems the answer is no. I analyzed news reports about individuals with mental illness who were killed by police during 2015 and 2016 and found that these individuals were often stigmatized because of their mental illness. In 301 online news reports, I found 231 examples of stigmatizing language.

    This stigmatization took a variety of forms. At Read More

    It is well-established that individuals with bipolar disorder and schizophrenia live much shorter lives than the rest of the population, dying an estimated 10 to 25 years younger, depending on the nation where they reside.

    Now, new evidence from an analysis of nearly 40,000 health records in the United Kingdom from 2000 to 2014 indicates the mortality gap between the two populations is growing larger.

    Mortality Trends

    Overall, death rates from all causes declined since 2000 both for the general population and for Read More

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