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In The News: NAMI Georgia

July 3, 2020

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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    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 some groups. Please email programs@namiga.org for more information.

    NAMI Affiliate Support Groups

    NAMI Albany

    Connection Recovery Support Group
    Tuesdays
    7pm-8:30pm
    Contact amp8.amp@gmail.com for details

    Family Support Group
    Tuesdays
    7pm-8:30pm
    Contact tezetory@yahoo.com for details

    NAMI Atlanta/Auburn
    www.namiatlantaauburn.org/

    Connection Recovery Support Group

    2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month
    6 pm to 7:30 pm
    To attend virtually,

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    NAMI Chief Executive Officer Daniel H. Gillison, Jr.

    At NAMI, we know that many people in our communities have been treated poorly and unfairly by the justice system. Last year, the NAMI HelpLine received thousands of calls from people requesting legal resources. We also know that people of color—much like people with mental health conditions—are over-represented in the criminal justice system and often lack access to quality and culturally-competent mental health care.

    As we work to ensure that more people with mental health conditions get help instead of handcuffs,

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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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    NAMI Georgia and our community partners are offering weekly educational webinars on Thursdays from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada). Webinars are free of charge and all are welcome.

    Join Meetings on Zoom

    Media and Toolkits for the Webinars

    July Weekly Webinar Calendar
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    The National Alliance on Mental Illness is excited to invite you to attend NAMICon 2020, our FREE virtual convention, taking place July 13-14.

    Our National Convention will provide essential resources and expert forums on early intervention, the latest mental health research, criminal justice reform and “Youth Voices,” a special youth-focused programing track developed in partnership with Georgia’s Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities and NAMI Georgia that includes the following sessions:
    o NAMI Ending the Silence for Students
    The NAMI Ending the Silence program for students is effective in changing middle and high school students’ knowledge and attitudes toward mental health conditions and toward seeking help.

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    Join NAMI Georgia for an Ending the Silence for Families presentation on June 26 or June 30, 2020. Ending the Silence for Families is a presentation about mental illness for adults with middle or high school aged youth. The presentation is free and covers the warning signs of mental illness, facts and statistics, how to talk with your child and how to work with school staff.

    Join on June 26

    Join on June 30

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    Funding for Georgia mental health services is facing dramatic cuts in the 2021 state budget. Current levels are unacceptably low, and further reduction will mean hardship for thousands of Georgians affected by mental illness and their families. Your voice can make a difference in advocating against these cuts.

    NAMI Georgia asks that you consider calling BOTH THE SENATE AND HOUSE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE MEMBERS about proposed cuts.

    • Please begin by THANKING the legislator for doing a thankless task.
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    Saturday, October 3, 2020
    Clark Atlanta University, Atlanta
    Walker Check-in Starts at 8 a.m.
    5K walk starts at 9:30 a.m. 

    This show will go on – Rain, Shine, or Virtually, so take some time to register today at namiwalks.org/georgia!

    Goal: $250,000
    Raised: $15,716.77
    Registrants: 83

    We’ve done it before, and we can do it again. Register as a Team Captain Walker, Virtual Walker, or Volunteer!

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    A recording of NAMI’s Ask the Expert Webinar: How You Can Help LGBTQ Youth Mental Health with presenter Sam Brinton, Vice President of Advocacy and Government Affairs at The Trevor Project is now available.

    During the webinar, Sam shared with us about The Trevor Project, statistics about LGBTQ youth mental health, how COVID-19 has impacted LGBTQ youth, how to support Black LGBTQ mental health, the impact of conversion therapy through their personal story and how we can all help.

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    At 3:00 PM on Wednesday, June 10, a meeting of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Human Development and Public Health was held. This was a critical meeting in the legislative process that will result in passage of Georgia’s 2021 budget, including the budget for DBHDD. NAMI Georgia activated a call to action to our members: see the video above from Executive Director Kim Jones.

    You can watch a recording of the meeting by going to http://www.senate.ga.gov/spo/en-US/VideoBroadcasts.aspx.

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    “The effect of racism and racial trauma on mental health is real and cannot be ignored. The disparity in access to mental health care in communities of color cannot be ignored. The inequality and lack of cultural competency in mental health treatment cannot be ignored.”   This is an excerpt from a statement by NAMI’s CEO Daniel H. Gillison, Jr. regarding recent racist incidents across the country and their impact on mental health. As we spend this time reflecting, more » Read More
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