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In The News: NAMI Georgia

November 12, 2020

While in-person NAMI support group meetings are cancelled, many groups are meeting virtually by remote connection. Some affiliates are reinstating in-person meetings; these will be listed below with the location.

  • 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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    Looking for a way to get your holiday shopping done while also supporting NAMI GA? Visit our Charleston Wrap page and shop from their selection of over 1,500 gift ideas! Order before December 4th and 40% of all sales and 30% of customized items will benefit NAMI GA.  more » Read More

    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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    No one should miss the opportunity to #Vote4MentalHealth due to a registration problem. Although the November 3rd election is over, there is a special runoff election on January 5, 2021 to determine who will represent Georgia in the federal Senate and House of Representatives. You can register to vote in this election until December 7th, even if you were not registered to vote in the general election on November 3rd.

    Election Date GA Voter Registration Deadline Federal Senate and House Runoff January 5th December 7 Register to Vote Request an Absentee (Mail-in) Ballot  Register by mail or online Request a Ballot Online Login to MVP to Request a Ballot by Mail, more » Read More

    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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    The 2021 Mental Health Day at the Capitol will convene virtually. Stay tuned for details about legislator meetings and NAMI Georgia’s prep sessions.

    Date: January 19, 2021
    Time: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

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    Research has shown that half of people who die by suicide had a healthcare encounter within a month before their death. Because of this, health care organizations are well positioned to provide suicide prevention interventions during patient visits. A new study shows that brief interventions like safety planning, coordinating outpatient mental health appointments, and conducting follow-up phone calls significantly reduce subsequent suicide attempts. The research demonstrates that these interventions are effective in hospitals, urgent care, and emergency departments and highlights the importance of screening for suicide risk at health care appointments.

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    The Innovation Fund Foundation is pleased to announce the Innovative Education Fund Grant Program – a new grant opportunity for public schools, school districts and 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations.

    What is the Innovative Education Fund?
    The Innovative Education Fund provides between $2,500 to $10,000 over one year for eligible organizations – traditional public and charter schools, school districts, and nonprofits organizations partnered with public schools and districts – to implement innovative projects that deeply engage students.

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    NAMI SMARTS for Advocacy is a hands-on advocacy training program that helps people living with mental illness, friends and family transform their passion and lived experience into skillful grassroots advocacy. The course is designed as a series of three 12-hour workshops or modules or as a single full-day training. The unique step-by-step, skill building design is effective with a wide range of participants, including those who are new to advocacy as well as individuals with years of experience.

    This session will focus solely on “Telling Your Story” that is inspiring and makes an “ask” in 90 seconds.

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    NAMI GA has been hosting an Educational Webinar Series during the COVID-19 pandemic. To access recordings of past webinars, along with any resources, you can visit our Resource Library.

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    Need a job? Need training? 
    Come to the WorkSource DeKalb Mobile Unit at The SPOT on Tuesday, November 24th!

    Workforce Development Mobile
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    NAMI has released What the Affordable Care Act Has Meant for People with Mental Health Conditions – And What Could be Lost, an issue brief on the impact of the ACA on our community.

    As the brief discusses, the ACA has played an important role in helping people access mental health care through the expansion of comprehensive health insurance and Medicaid. Because of the ACA, 20 million people have gained insurance coverage, including 15.3 million who became eligible for Medicaid.

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    It’s okay to not be okay, especially during a global health crisis.

    The mental health advocacy community has created #MonumentalMoments, a community platform to celebrate all the ways people are caring for their mental health during this difficult time! We want you to share your moments by using the hashtag #MonumentalMoments on social media. Your post will help support people living with mental health conditions.

    Check out the campaign!

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    Nov 3, 2020
    By Nick Watson
    The Times
    https://www.gainesvilletimes.com/news/health-care/like-an-emergency-room-for-mental-health-crisis-how-avita-facility-hopes-to-help-community/

    Avita Community Partners is building a behavioral health crisis center that among other things could be “like an emergency room for mental health crisis” for Gainesville.

    The project is currently under construction on Old Cornelia Highway.

    Avita Chief Executive Officer Cindy Levi said she anticipates substantial completion of the construction on the behavioral health crisis center by the end of March,

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    October 28, 2020
    By Andy Miller
    Georgia Recorder
    https://georgiarecorder.com/2020/10/28/georgia-mental-health-services-a-work-in-progress-10-years-after-settlement/

    For a year of her life, Linda Ferguson lived in a booth at a transit stop. She spent another year living under a bridge.

    Her homelessness, she says now, “was a bad situation. Nobody likes to be outside. It’s a very insecure feeling.’’ At one point Ferguson, who deals with severe anxiety attacks, lost her car to theft. Later, her personal belongings were taken.

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