ATLANTA — Brian Anderson, an imposing man with a rich baritone voice, dwarfs his office chair at the Georgia Crisis and Access Line. He talks softly about the first time he tried to end his life.
It was a collect call to his father from a pay phone in Hoboken, N.J., that saved him, he said. “I’d made up my mind that my life Read More
During the 2019 legislative session, the Georgia General Assembly passed HB 514, creating a statewide Behavioral Health Reform and Innovation Commission. The 24-member panel includes representatives from the legislature, justice system, law enforcement and treatment providers, among others, and met for the first time last month at the Georgia Regional Hospital in Atlanta.
At this inaugural meeting, commission members heard two presentations that explained Read More
Dec. 26, 2019 By Shainna Ali NAMI https://www.nami.org/Blogs/NAMI-Blog/December-2019/6-Ways-You-Can-Help-a-Loved-One-on-Their-Healing-J
Take a moment to consider all the people in your life: your coworkers, friends, family. At any given time, 1 in 5 of these individuals is living with a mental health condition. You may have noticed them struggling, but if you’re not a trained mental health professional, you may not have known how to help.
However, you can help. You can be supportive and encouraging during their mental health journey. Here are a few tips on supporting the mental Read More
NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness and their families, today announced the appointment of Daniel H. Gillison, Jr. as Chief Executive Officer effective January 21, 2020.
“On behalf of the NAMI Board of Directors, we welcome Mr. Gillison, the incoming CEO for our organization who, with the mission-driven commitment and dedication of NAMI Read More
Please join the Behavioral Health Services Coalition on February 7, 2020 at the Georgia Railroad Freight Depot for Mental Health Day at the Capitol. Anyone whose life is impacted by mental health concerns is welcome including: people in recovery, families, political leaders, service providers, community support organizations, faith leaders, law enforcement, first responders, other advocates, and anyone else who wants to support behavioral health in their communities.
Highlights include:light breakfast art show guest speakers entertainment resource tables State of Read More
Join hosts NAMI Georgia and Janssen/Johnson & Johnson for a Prep Session the evening before Mental Health Day at the Capitol. All are welcome, whether attending the Friday event at the capitol or not; attendees will learn advocacy skills that will help them get any message out to policy leaders and the public effectively.
Event Schedule5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Dinner (provided) 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. NAMI Smarts: How to Communicate with Your Legislator 8:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. 2020 Legislative Priorities Read More
Dec 9, 2019 By Olivia Morley Marietta Daily Journal https://www.mdjonline.com/neighbor_newspapers/news/state/floyd-county-jail-staff-prepares-for-construction-of-mental-health/article_8f1c4a18-e3d1-5fd9-ae3a-6164564ab6d7.html
Since starting as jail administrator in 2010, Sheriff’s Maj. Bob Sapp has had several goals, one of which is to help inmates better themselves, especially those with mental health issues.
As his decade as jail administrator comes to a close, and after six years of planning, Sapp’s goal is finally coming to fruition with the renovation of the Floyd County Jail’s medical facility and construction of the new mental health wing.
The Read More
Nov 25, 2019 By Wes Wolfe The Brunswick News https://thebrunswicknews.com/news/local_news/legislators-examine-mental-health-in-maternal-mortality/article_6f57c4a5-4100-58a7-8d0c-3e63f25ad6ac.html
The public controversy over Georgia’s dismal maternal mortality statistics continues to spur action among the state’s elected officials, and this past week state legislators heard from medical professionals on the problem and what could be working in some areas, especially as it comes to women’s mental health.
“One of the most striking things that was ever said to me was, in downtown Macon, we were administering the Barkin Index to low-income Read More
This week, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will consider a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to designate 9-8-8 as the 3-digit number for a national suicide prevention and mental health crisis hotline.
NAMI applauds Chairman Ajit Pai and the FCC for their leadership on this issue and strongly supports the creation of a national 3-digit number as an essential part of a network of services and supports for people experiencing a mental health crisis. The National Suicide Prevention Read More