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July 17, 2020

While in-person NAMI support group meetings are cancelled, groups are meeting virtually by remote connection.

  • NAMI Connection Recovery Support Groups offer respect, understanding, encouragement and hope for those living in recovery.
  • NAMI Family Support Groups are for families, caregivers and loved ones of those who live with mental health challenges.
NAMI Georgia Support Groups

NAMI Georgia is hosting NAMI Connection Recovery Support groups on Mondays at 6:15 pm and Wednesdays at 6:30 pm.

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    NAMI Georgia offers a non-crisis HelpLine that can provide information about resources for persons with mental illnesses and their family members in Georgia. We can provide information on NAMI programs, community services, education, support groups, and peer support. Our operators are not trained to provide counseling, nor emergency services for those in crisis. We are not a suicide hotline. If you are in a crisis situation, please call 911 to receive emergency support. Request that a CIT officer be sent if one is available.

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    Minorities have less access to mental health services than Caucasians, are less likely to receive needed care, and are more likely to receive inferior quality of care when they are treated. Inequities in mental health care delivery and access experienced by minority populations in the United States must be acknowledged and resolved.

    Reasons for the challenges faced by minorities are complex and directly related to economic and racial disparities inherent in the social structure.

    The poverty gap: People of color are more likely to live under the poverty line and are thus less likely to have insurance or be able to afford proper mental health treatment.

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    The Center for Victims of Torture recently expanded its compilation of COVID-19 Mental Health Resources in Multiple Languages to help U.S. refugees and immigrants cope with the stress and hardships of the COVID crisis.  It is designed so that non-English speakers can directly access the information they want and need without the aid of an English-speaker.  Mental health guidance is available in Spanish, French, Arabic, Russian, Chinese, Swahili, Burmese and other languages. Topics include how to manage stress,

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    Event Date:

    Saturday, October 10, 2020

    Route Distance

    5K, or Your Day, Your Way Location:

    Virtually Anywhere!

    Join us on October 10th for NAMIWalks Your Way (Georgia), a live event on Facebook @NAMIGeorgia. To participate and create a walk team, please go to www.namiwalks.org/georgia.

    #MentalHealthforAll
    #NotAlone Register or Donate

    NAMIWalks Georgia

      Contact Us:

    Tradae’ Moore, Development Specialist
    770-234-0855 ext.

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    Join NAMI Georgia for a virtual Ending the Silence for Families presentation on Wednesday, September 23 at 10 am.  NAMI Ending the Silence for Families is a 1-hour presentation designed for adults with middle or high school aged youth that includes warning signs, facts and statistics, how to talk with your child and how to work with school staff. Two special guests will share their lived experience navigating mental illness. All are welcome to participate through the Zoom platform.

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    Thank you for making NAMICon 2020, our first-ever virtual convention, a success! Over 12,000 people participated. We hope you enjoyed the programming and that you were able to engage with other attendees and peers from around the country.

    While the convention may officially be over, NAMICon 2020 LIVE continues! Plenary session presentations and workshops are available to view on-demand through December 2020. To access, visit namiconvirtual.org/ and enter the password nami2020.

    If you are thinking about creating a virtual event and have questions about the process,

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    NAMI Launches New #Vote4MentalHealth Website
    The 2020 election is fast approaching, and mental health is on the ballot. To help voters and NAMI organizations understand how to get involved and #Vote4MentalHealth, NAMI is pleased to launch a new election website.

    Every elected official has influence on issues impacting people affected by mental health conditions, and mental health touches many of the issues that voters care about the most. When people cast their ballot,

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    Mental Health America of Georgia is partnering with the Department of Behavioral Health & Developmental Disabilities to offer Georgians a Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) Instructor Train the Trainer Course facilitated by the National Council for Behavioral Health. This will be a VIRTUAL 3-day training between Wednesday, October 28, 2020 – Friday, October 30, 2020.

    Who should apply?

    Dedicated individuals that are passionate about spreading mental health awareness education in their communities and ensure our adults may support our youth and young people,

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    September 2, 2020
    By Rhitu Chatterjee
    GPB
    https://www.gpb.org/news/shots-health-news/2020/09/02/pandemics-emotional-hammer-hits-hard

    Nearly a quarter of people in the United States are experiencing symptoms of depression, according to a study published Wednesday. That’s nearly three times the number before the COVID-19 pandemic began.

    And those with a lower income, smaller savings and people severely affected by the pandemic — either through a job loss, for example, or by the death of a loved one — are more likely to be bearing the burden of these symptoms.

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    August 26, 2020
    Jennifer Rainey Marquez
    Georgia State University
    https://news.gsu.edu/2020/08/26/georgia-state-researchers-developing-deep-learning-framework-to-map-brain-disorders/

    ATLANTA—Georgia State University researchers are working to harness deep learning and artificial intelligence to learn more about how mental illness and other disorders affect the brain.

    Led by Vince Calhoun, Distinguished University Professor of Psychology at Georgia State and director of the Center for Translational Research in Neuroimaging and Data Science (TReNDS), and Sergey Plis, associate professor of computer science and director of machine learning at TReNDs,

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    Aug 26, 2020
    By Katharine Hartleb
    NAMI
    https://www.nami.org/Blogs/NAMI-Blog/August-2020/How-Early-Intervention-Impacted-My-Life

    I remember the first time I experienced the feeling of not being able to get out of bed. Not because I was too tired, but because I was too sad. It was during a time in my life when I was coping with a lot: My parents were getting a divorce, I had been in a car accident and one of my classmates died by suicide.

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    8/7/2020
    NAMI
    https://www.nami.org/About-NAMI/NAMI-News/2020/U-S-Senate-Passes-the-Commander-John-Scott-Hannon-Veterans-Mental-Health-Improvement-Act

    On August 5th, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed the Commander John Scott Hannon Veterans Mental Health Care Improvement Act, S. 785, bipartisan legislation focused on efforts to reduce veteran suicide and improve mental health outcomes through improved access to care, better diagnostic tools and increased oversight of VA programs.

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    GUIDE, Inc is excited to announce a monthly offering of FREE virtual QPR suicide prevention trainings!

    QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer — the 3 simple steps anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. The QPR Online Gatekeeper Training is taught in a clear, concise format using the latest in educational technology and practices. The course takes approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes to complete.

    Virtual trainings will be held from 1 – 2:45 pm on July 29,

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    Sharing Your Story With Law Enforcement Program Logo

    NAMI has announced the official launch of Sharing Your Story with Law Enforcement!

    Sharing Your Story with Law Enforcement (SYSLE) is a presentation program that prepares individuals and family members to share their stories of lived experience with mental illness to a law enforcement audience, such as during Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training, or other events where mental illness and related topics are featured.

    SYSLE Presenters provide an opportunity for law enforcement to hear about the experience of someone who was in crisis and may have interacted with law enforcement as a result,

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