NAMI DeKalb Vigil May 19

VICTORY! Senate passes Mental Health Reform

If you happened to listen closely enough, you might have heard our cheering just outside of DC this afternoon as the Senate passed Mental Health Reform as part of H.R. 34 by a sweeping 94-5* vote.
What’s Next?
The White House has indicated that they will sign the bill. We do not currently have a timeline, but we will keep you informed.
 What’s in the bill?
NAMI’s bill summary and press release are attached. The full text of the bill can be found here.
 What can I do?
Spread the word to thank your Senators who voted YES, and tell President Obama to sign the bill. Please share the Facebook and Twitter posts below.
*Curious who voted NO?: Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT), Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR)
Facebook example:
VICTORY! Mental Health Reform passed the Senate by a vote of 94-5 on the 21st Century Cures bill.
Celebrate and thank your Senators!
Sample Tweet:
VICTORY! #MentalHealthReform passed the Senate by a vote of 94-5. Thank your Senators who voted YES!    


H.R. 2646 Passed Unanimously

You did it.
Thanks to your advocacy, H.R. 2646, the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act, passed unanimously (53-0) out of the House Energy & Commerce Committee on Wednesday, June 15th.
Representative Diana DeGette (D-CO) said, “I want to thank all the advocates. You are the ones who held our feet to the fire to get this passed.”
Keep the fire going.
Let your members of Congress know that you appreciate the unanimous vote by the House Energy & Commerce Committee and urge them to bring a vote to the floor of the House and Senate. 
Click HERE to Email Now!

Greener Pastures Initiative

Greetings NAMI Northsiders and Friends:
Greener Pastures lay ahead!
This month, we had a very special meeting in place of our normal education meeting.
As we reflect on the many positive things that we have
accomplished in recent years,
we know there is much more that can be done to support
individuals suffering with a mental illness, their families and caregivers.
Annually, NAMI Northside serves approximately 5000 people via our website
and makes over 2000 in-person contacts via our Support Groups,
education meetings, and education classes such as Family to Family.
Since 2013, we have sponsored an annual Mental Health Fair showcasing
services and advocacy for individuals suffering with mental illness.
Every October we sponsor a Team for NAMI Walks, a nationwide
fundraising and mental health awareness program, using the funds collected to finance
our many support programs.
For the near term, we will continue to enhance the services we currently provide and focus on some new and exciting services:
Creating a high quality Resource Directory, adding new classes and programs like NAMI Homefront serving Veterans suffering from a mental illness and their families, and increasing our level of advocacy.
For the longer term, we will focus on major new services such as
housing support and a clubhouse for our NAMI Northside community.
In order to meet the above goals, we are launching the “Greener Pastures
Initiative, designed to support the current state of services as well as provide new offerings and programs.
At our June 27th monthly education meeting, we will be presenting our future plans and
ideas for NAMI Northside and will be discussing the many opportunities for you,
the members of our NAMI family, to get involved and support the “Greener Pastures” Initiative.
Whether you have a little time or a lot of time to get involved, our NAMI family needs
Together we can accomplish great things! GO GREEN!
Click HERE to get involved and complete a volunteer form.

Georgia DOJ/DBHDD settlement hearing January 6, 2016

A DOJ/DBHDD settlement hearing with AMICI will be held Wednesday, January 6, 2016, at 2 pm in Senior U.S. District Judge Charles A. Pannell’s courtroom:

2367 Richard B. Russell Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse
75 Ted Turner Dr., SW
Courtroom #2307 (Please check on this room number at the building entrance.)
Atlanta, GA 30303
(see directions below)

The state feels they have complied with the DOJ Settlement.  As families representing our loved ones, we are saying, “no”,  we don’t agree. We are not there yet!
NAMI has been asked to share stories from families whose loved ones have been released from the hospital/jail to shelters, the streets or unsupervised environments since 2010.  
If you have an experience you would like to share,  in brief,  please send it to Susie Kyle,, 404-906-0487.  I will need to hear from you before 1:30 pm today (Jan 5)!
Comments from Nora Haynes:
• AMICI (meaning friends of the court) is made up of mental health organizations such as The Carter Center, NAMI, GAO, MHA and Legal Aid. 
• The hearing will pertain to dismissed patients from Georgia’s Mental Hospitals between 2010 and 2015 who were taken to a homeless shelter or put on the street at dismissal from the hospital. DOJ filed a complaint against the State pertaining to this. Judge Pannell has requested AMICI representatives attend this hearing; AMICI has been given standing in the court. 
• Two attorneys from the Brazelon Center for Mental Health Law are representing AMICI. There will be other attorneys representing DOJ and the Georgia DBHDD in attendance. 
• NAMI representatives attending the hearing are asked to wear green. This is the identity color for mental health and will indicate our advocacy.
• It is recommended people arrive at the Richard B. Russell Federal Building 1-hour before the hearing. Per Nora, it may take 30-minutes to go through the front door screening process. NOTE: Leave cell phones in your car. No cell phones are allowed in the building.


• See Google map at:,+75+Spring+St+NW,+Atlanta,+GA+30303/@33.7533171,-84.3980547,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x88f50381f8b2e92d:0xa42c7ff39675724c

• The building is located on a section on Spring Street that has been renamed as Ted Turner Drive. It is at the corner of MLK Jr. Drive and Ted Turner Drive, a short walk from the MARTA Five Points Station and the old Rich’s building in downtown Atlanta.

National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

In May of 2008, the US House of Representatives announce July as Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month.
“Once my loved ones accepted the diagnosis, healing began for the entire family, but it took too long. It took years. Can’t we, as a nation, begin to speed up that process? We need a national campaign to destigmatize mental illness, especially one targeted toward African Americans…It’s not shameful to have a mental illness. Get treatment. Recovery is possible.”
–Bebe Moore Campbell, 2005
Learn about Minority Mental Health Awareness Month at
Find more facts and support HERE.



I would dye my hair green, if I had any …

I would dye my hair green, if I had any…
Dave Lushbaugh, President, NAMI Northside Atlanta
Make a Statement
  • Wear green. Be creative; don’t just limit this to your everyday wardrobe. Wear green shoelaces, a green suit, dye your hair green or paint your fingernails.
  • Initiate a “Wear Green Day.” Encourage your workplace and friends to pick a day during the month to wear green to spread the word about Mental Illness Awareness Week.
  • Wear a green ribbon. Pin it on your shirt or on your bag or backpack.
  • Learn about new research, advances in treatments and coping strategies for living with mental illness and share what you find out with your family and friends. There might even be some simple ideas that you can pass along that can be incorporated into an everyday routine.
  • Share your story of hope on You Are Not Alone.
  • Participate in a NAMIWalk—and wear green!
  • Share your photos of your activities using #MIAW on twitter or facebook or submit your pictures to YANA (You are not Alone) or on our Facebook page.
Mental Illness Awareness Week is Oct 5 – 11, 2014!

Setting the Record Straight

Keep up with the NAMI National blog. In their latest post, Mary Giliberti, NAMI Executive Director, talks about Congress’s failure to act on legislative proposals to improve mental health care in the U.S.
Nearly two years after the Sandy Hook elementary school tragedy in Newtown, Conn. focused attention on the nation’s broken mental health system, there has been much discussion in Congress about how to improve mental health care but very little resolution.”
Read more.

News from

July 2014 – News stories, research updates, blog stories from
Groundbreaking Commitment to Psychiatric Research – After receiving $650 million, The Broad Institute is set to try and find the genetic causes of schizophrenia and other mental illnesses. Read more.
Employment and Mental Illness: Investing in Programs that Work – In Road to Recovery: Employment and Mental Illness, NAMI explores the state of mental illness and employment in the U. S. Read more.
What’s Love Got to Do with It? – Choosing whether or not to disclose a mental illness in a romantic relationship isn’t easy. Here are some things you should know. Read more.
Did FDA Black Box Warnings Actually Lead to an Increase in Suicides – A new study shows that warning labels on antidepressants may be associated with higher rates of suicide attempts in teens. Read more.
Promise and Patience in Understanding the  Brain – Efforts are underway on both sides of the Atlantic to develop new tools to help address mental illness. Read more.
NAMI Advocacy Update July 2014 -This month in NAMI advocacy: comprehensive legislation, mental health parity, employment, and more. Read more.

Important NAMI Ga Board of Directors vote!

NAMI Georgia has 6 open positions on their Board of Directors.
The NAMI Georgia Board is critical to all of the NAMI affiliates in Georgia. Our loved ones need our support and we need the support of a strong NAMI Georgia board.
You must be an active member by THIS Wed, March 26 in order to vote! Please join or renew today!

Get more information HERE.