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In The News: NAMI Georgia

March 8, 2019


NAMI Georgia seeks to recognize the individuals, affiliates, volunteers, partners, legislators, and organizations who have worked tirelessly to support NAMI Georgia’s mission of promoting recovery and optimizing the quality of life for Georgians with mental illness and their families through support, education, and advocacy, and research.

The recipients of these awards will be recognized and honored at the 2019 Annual Meeting on Saturday, May 18, 2019. Individuals will also be recognized on the NAMI Georgia website Read More

    NAMI Georgia is seeking qualified entities to submit proposals to conduct instructor led mental health awareness training in schools throughout the state of Georgia.



    NAMI Georgia will provide oversight, including scheduling and subcontracting, for state funded mental health training in the 2,200 Georgia schools through the 16 Georgia RESAs (Regional Education Service Agencies). NAMI Georgia will secure predetermined mental health training through a series of subcontracts with existing entities. NAMI Georgia is seeking qualified Read More

    NAMI Georgia is excited to announce we are hosting our 2019 Leadership & Recovery Symposium on Saturday, May 18, 2019 in Macon, Georgia at River Edge Behavioral Health. Join us for a day of learning and networking.

    Symposium Programming Tracks Recovery Affiliate/Program Leadership Site visit to NAMI Central Georgia

    Register online for the Leadership & Recovery Symposium!*

    *The Annual Meeting of Members will be held separately. Registration is not required if you are attending only the Annual Meeting and not the Read More

    If your organization or agency is interested in hosting a NAMI Basics or NAMI Homefront class, let us know! Please email to get started!

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    Our February CIT-Youth Train the Trainer was held in the Health and Human Services Building in Columbus, GA, and included 25 participants from a variety of agencies/organizations (list below). Our attendees included a mix of mental health professionals, NAMI representatives, nonprofit leaders, and law enforcement officers. Trainers for Days 1 and 2 were Dr. Jeanine Von Stultz and Jeff Santelli, and Dr. Kristen Zychinski led Day 3 of training. Plans are underway for our new trainers to deliver a CIT-Youth Read More

    NAMI Georgia warmly welcomes our two new staff members:

    Elizabeth Fullerton, Associate Director of Policy and Awareness A native of Albany, Georgia, our new Associate Director of Policy and Awareness Elizabeth Fullerton, MPH, comes to NAMI Georgia with almost two decades of experience in public health, governmental affairs, communications and community development.  An experienced team leader, she previously worked as a legislative analyst on healthcare and education initiatives with Nelson Mullins, LLP, promoted communications, advocacy and education with both the Georgia Center Read More

    NAMI Central Georgia By Paula Karsti, Executive Director

    NAMI Central Georgia, located in Warner Robins, is the only NAMI affiliate in Georgia that owns and operates a residential group home, dedicated to serving individuals and families affected by mental illness.  NAMI Central Georgia has been serving the community for over 32 years and continues to make unique s

    trides in mental health. Our residential home houses 12 individuals and our apartment complex houses 3 high functioning individuals with mental health conditions. Our mental health technicians Read More

    Pictured: Elizabeth Fullerton, Associate Director of Policy & Awareness

    NAMI Georgia leaders have been visiting the Georgia Capitol for Mental Health Mondays this session! We have met with many legislators and shared resources on NAMI programs, initiatives and legislative priorities. We are joined most Mondays with our allies, Mental Health America of Georgia and the Center for Victims of Torture.

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    Things are busy down under the Gold Dome as we are quickly approaching the end of the General Assembly 2019 Session.  Thursday, March 7 marked “Crossover Day”, the day a bill originating in one chamber must pass to the other to have a chance at becoming law during the remainder of the legislative session. Several bills crossed over on or before the deadline and now seek passage in the opposite chamber by the last legislative day, set for April 2, Read More

    COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – Raising awareness about suicide prevention is growing in importance every day. A recent loss in Smiths Station is bringing the issue back to the forefront.

    A Columbus mom talked about losing her son to suicide. Muscogee County Coroner Buddy Bryan has also seen the impact of these deaths on the community and can relate to people battling depression.

    “I call it the monkey on the back,” Bryan said, “because basically that’s what it is, something wrong with you, Read More

    State health officials launched a new mobile app Thursday that offers free and confidential access to people suffering from mental illness, substance abuse and other issues.

    The My GCAL app, which works on Apple and Android phones, caters to younger Georgians who are more comfortable sending texts than picking up the phone.

    It’s run by the Georgia Crisis and Access Line, which has long operated a full-time hotline for people in need of mental health treatment. But officials worry that they’re missing Read More

    NAMI is proud to share our new white paper: “Working Together to Advance Discovery and Reignite Hope: Advocacy, Academia, Industry and Government Push for New Mental Health Treatment Options.” This paper describes the important work NAMI and our partners have done to push forward in the difficult and complex field of brain science and developing treatment for mental illness.

    NAMI has advocated for better treatments, better legal protections and better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness for Read More

    Quality friendships have the potential to give us feelings of compassion, belonging and happiness. They can help improve our sense of self-worth and help us cope. When you have a mental illness, you may think that your friendships are bound to be more complicated. You may even deem healthy relationships impossible. But it’s very important to dispel the internalized stereotype that your relationships will suffer because of your mental illness.

    Friendships can flourish despite a diagnosis. There are many reasons why friendships fade, Read More

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