Archives for March 2015

New Cobb County Accountability Court

MARIETTA — Commissioners responded favorably to a Tuesday presentation about a new accountability court for people with mental health issues.
The program is aimed at reducing repeat offenders.
Cobb State Court Judge Marsha Lake said she has seen people charged with misdemeanors who suffer from mental illness, but the court can’t help them.
‟When they come to a court of law we’re almost at a standstill because we are not trained ourselves to treat them, and they’re leaving the floor without receiving any treatment whatsoever,” Lake said.
Lake said she will work with Cobb Solicitor General Barry Morgan and law enforcement to put people charged with misdemeanors who are determined to have a mental illness through a 12-to 24-month program that will reintegrate them into society.
Read rest of the article from the Marietta Daily Journal.

Say It Out Loud

One in five teens lives with a mental health condition and yet more than half are not getting the help they need. Stigma remains a huge barrier to teens seeking help. Many cite fear of negative perceptions as a major factor in choosing not to speak up.
Raising awareness by sharing information and starting conversations about mental health is key in reducing these perceptions and increasing the likelihood that teens will seek mental health care when they need it. NAMI is committed to helping start those conversations. We have created Say it Out Loud to get teens talking about mental health.
Say it Out Loud gives adults the tools they need to hold conversations about mental health with teens in faith-based or community youth groups. The toolkit includes:
  • A short film showing the 10 common warning signs and three youth sharing their experiences.
  • A discussion guide on how to hold a successful group discussion.
  • A narrated presentation for the group facilitator to learn more about mental health conditions in youth.
  • Fact sheets and information about how to connect with NAMI in their community.
If you’re ready to Say It Out Loud, click the link below to download the toolkit.  Thank you for making a difference in the lives of teens!
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March 23, 2015 Education Meeting

Boadie Dunlop, MD is the Director of the Mood and Anxiety Disorders Program at Emory University, where he has conducted over 50 clinical trials for depression, bipolar disorder, PTSD, and anxiety disorders.  He will give a presentation on clinical trials in psychiatry: how they work and what patients need to know before deciding whether to participate. Dr. Dunlop will also provide information about ongoing psychiatry clinical trials at Emory. Questions from the audience will be encouraged.
Mark your calendar, this is valuable information for individuals and families affected by mental illnesses.

Social/Refreshments  7:00 PM Program 7:30 PM

Dunwoody Methodist Church Room 258