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June 28, 2019

Get excited; the NAMIWalks 2019 season has begun! Register to walk or donate by clicking on the below links.

EVENT DATE DISTANCE LOCATION REGISTER OR DONATE NAMIWalks Georgia Saturday, October 5, 2019 5k Clark Atlanta University Panther Stadium Atlanta, GA https://www.namiwalks.org/georgia NAMIWalks Southwest Georgia Saturday, October 19, 2019 5k Colquitt County Courthouse Moultrie, GA https://www.namiwalks.org/southwestgeorgia NAMIWalks North Georgia Saturday, November 9, 2019 5k Downtown Gainesville Square Gainesville, GA https://www.namiwalks.org/northgeorgia

Georgia NAMIWalks Contact Tradae’ Moore Walk Manager namiwalks@namiga.org 770-234-0855 ext 106

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    NAMI Georgia’s Executive Director, Kim Jones, Associate Director of Policy and Awareness, Elizabeth Fullerton, and a coalition of healthcare executives recently met with Congresswoman Lucy McBath and Congressman Hank Johnson.  Conversations highlighted NAMI Georgia’s accomplishments, current challenges facing service providers and families affected by mental illness, and a look forward toward effective solutions. We extend our heartfelt thanks to Representatives McBath and Johnson, and other coalition members.

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    NAMI Georgia is grateful for the companies, agencies, and organizations that help us provide support, education, and advocacy services free of charge to Georgians in recovery and their families. These generous sponsors are vital to our mission.

    2019 NAMIWalks Georgia Sponsors

    Gold – $5,000  Alkermes Pharmaceutical Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities Northside Hospital

    Silver – $2,500 Alliant Health Solutions CHRIS180 Amerigroup Community Care iResearch Atlanta MailChimp Synexus Skyland Trail

    Kick-off Event – $1,500 Atlanta Metropol, Inc.

    Bronze – $1000 Grady Health Systems Anchor Hospital Beacon Health Options Georgia Benchmark Human Services DeKalb Community Read More

    The Deputy Director of the National STABLE program will hold a presentation for individuals with disabilities, their families, caregivers, and others interested on Thursday, August 29th, 2019 at 7-8:30pm. Learn about State of Georgia STABLE Accounts, which are designed to allow individuals with disabilities to save and invest without losing eligibility for public benefit programs. STABLE is a state enactment aligned with the provisions of the federal ABLE (Achieving a Better Life Experience) Act.

    August 29, 2019 | 7-8:30pm

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    Programa Educativo Gratuito Para familiares de personas enfrentando una enfermedad mental. El curso incluye información sobre trastornos cerebrales como la esquizofrenia, bipolar, depresión severa entre otros; talleres sobre comunicación, empatía, como manejar una crisis; funcionamiento del cerebro, medicamentos y mucho más.  El programa es liderado por instructores capacitados que también son familiares de personas afectadas por enfermedades mentales, y saben, por experiencia propia, lo que significa tener un ser querido bajo estas circunstancias.

    Curso comienza el 19 de septiembre hasta el Read More

    Posted: 1:21 PM, Aug 07, 2019  Updated: 10:23 PM, Aug 07, 2019 By Katie LaGrone ABC Action News https://www.abcactionnews.com/news/local-news/i-team-investigates/u-s-congressman-demands-action-after-i-team-finds-parents-give-up-custody-for-mental-health-services Less than one month after the I-team first exposed how Florida’s inadequate mental health system is pushing some parents to give up custody just to get their child the expensive mental health services they need, dozens of parents in Florida and around the country responded with similar stories of desperation.

    It’s not just a Florida problem

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    https://www.al.com/news/2019/08/we-are-not-violent-those-struggling-with-mental-illness-fight-against-stigma-blame.html

    Like clockwork, mental illness has become the focal point for blame following America’s 255th mass shooting this year.

    “Mental illness and hatred pulled the trigger, not the gun,” President Donald Trump said in a televised statement Monday after two mass shootings took the lives of at least 30 over the weekend.

    But, people with mental illnesses are 10 times more likely to be victims Read More

    By Revella H. Nesbit, M.Ed., LPC-S, ODCP Jul. 19, 2019 NAMI https://www.nami.org/Blogs/NAMI-Blog/July-2019/How-to-Keep-People-Engaged-in-Mental-Health-Treatm

    Mental illness affects every age group, gender, socio-economic status and culture, yet not all Americans have the same access to proper care. For example, only 20% of Asian Americans with mental illness receive treatment compared to 48% of white adults. And only 56% of African Americans and Latinx adults with serious mental illness receive treatment compared to 71% of white adults.

    That’s why National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month was established in 2008: to help increase awareness Read More

    By Lisa Dixon, M.D. Aug. 02, 2019 NAMI https://www.nami.org/Blogs/NAMI-Blog/August-2019/Study-Shows-NAMI-Homefront-Helps-Veteran-Family-Me

    It’s no secret that the transition from war to civilian life is not easy for service members or their families. Add mental illness, and the already difficult experience can become a debilitating one. Unfortunately, this situation is very common.

    A 2014 study showed that nearly one out of four active duty service members showed signs of a mental health condition. Another study in 2008 found that about 20% of returning service members from Iraq or Afghanistan report experiencing Read More

    Join us for the 2019 NAMIWalks Georgia Kick-off Luncheon! The kick-off luncheon is free to anyone who wants to create a NAMIWalks fundraising team. Attendees will learn about NAMIWalks and the many opportunities to participate, have fun and give back.

    Register for the kick-off luncheon now!

    Fri, August 16, 2019 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM EDT Georgia State Capitol – South Wing 206 Washington Street SW Atlanta, GA 30334

    Event Parking Public parking is available in several locations surrounding the Capitol. Parking fees vary by lot. Read More

    Please join NAMI Northside for this exciting opportunity to learn what services are available in the Atlanta area for those impacted by mental illness. Organizations and professionals who serve Atlanta’s mental health community will share resources, present their services and answer questions between 10am and noon. A free lunch will be served for those who register, followed by a speaker presentation.

    NAMI Northside Atlanta Mental Health Fair 2019 Saturday, September 28th 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM Exhibits open, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM Mt. Pisgah Church 2850 Read More

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