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  • Jean Dervan
  • PTSD Awareness
  • Mental Health Fair
  • Housing Forums
  • Moultrie Proclamation
  • Minority MH Awareness

June 2015 Newsletter

"Similia Similibus Curantur (like cures like) said the early 20th-century psychiatrist Harry Stack Sullivan. He was referring to how everyday people, including those with shared experience, brotherhood (and sisterhood), and having suffered themselves, are often the best catalysts and supports for recovery for those suffering from a host of disorders and traumas."   Lloyd Sederer, MD
Jean Dervan
Retires to Florida
After 10 great years with NAMI Georgia, we are sad that Jean and Don Dervan have decided to retire to Melbourne, Florida. We are missing them both but realize the move will allow them to spend more time with their family. Jean would not agree to a farewell party, so on May 14 several members surprised her with a gathering at the office. NAMI Georgia appreciates all that Jean and Don have done for the organization and wishes them well!
PTSD Awareness Month
Join our efforts to spread the word about PTSD and effective treatments during June, PTSD Awareness Month. Let’s work to educate the public. The NAMI website has a lot of educational information. Saturday, June 27, is set aside as National PTSD Awareness Day. Consider attending an event to promote awareness.

Also take a look at That Which I Love Destroys Me. It is a unique and powerful film by director Ric Roman Waugh and an uncensored look at the current epidemic of PTSD and severe mental trauma that create tremendous challenges for returning service members. Filmed over a 3 year period, the documentary focuses on several veterans, especially Tyler Grey and Jayson Floyd,  who had loved the military but came home destroyed. Watch the 65 minute film by clicking on Return to Service. The content and language are not appropriate for children.

"Journey & Keys to Recovery"
June 13, 10am-2pm
NAMI Northside invites you to a FREE Mental Health Fair on June 13 at Peachtree Presbyterian Church, Fellowship Hall. To learn more and to register go to the NAMI Northside website.
"Bridging the Gap"
Public Forums on Housing
The Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) is conducting a study concerning fair housing. The study is required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as a condition for receiving federal housing and community development funds. 

As part of this process, there will be a series of Outreach Committee meetings to receive your valuable input in this process. Your participation is encouraged as we partner to provide access to affordable housing options in the state of Georgia. For specific addresses in the towns listed below, check the DCA website.
  • June 8 Carrollton, 4:30-6 pm
  • June 9 Rome, 9:30-11 am
  • June 9 Athens, 6-7:30 pm
  • June 9 Dalton 1:30-3 pm
  • June 10 Hinesville 9-10:30 am
  • June 11 Blakely 9-10:30 am
Mental Health Proclamation
In May, mental health advocates gathered on the Moultrie Courthouse Square for the reading of the 2015 Mental Health Awareness Month Proclamation by Mayor William McIntosh.  The mayor, a staunch supporter of mental health efforts in Colquitt County, praised the group for their tremendous accomplishments over a relatively short period of time. Coordinated by NAMI Moultrie President Joyce Burley, the event focused on honoring the professionalism and dedication of local CIT officers.
Among the people recognized during the celebration were, front row from left, R.J. Hurn, Georgia Pines Community Service Board; Lynn Johnson, Moultrie Police Department; Angela Castellow, United Way; Joyce Burley, president of NAMI Moultrie; Carol Poole, treasurer of NAMI Moultrie; Peggy Yates, Turning Point; and Vanessa Dawson, Department of Juvenile Justice; second row, from left, Eric Hill, MPD; Steven Colgan, MPD; Lynn Wilson, chairman of the Colquitt County Mental Health Coalition; Lisa Hill, Moultrie City Council; Rob Rodriguez, MPD; and Mayor Bill McIntosh; and back row from left, MPD Chief Frank Lang; Judy Payne, Turning Point; David Croft, Moultrie Fire Department; and David Jones, MPD. Not shown is Josh Poole.

Look for Upcoming Activities
Next Month

In July NAMI will focus on educating the public about issues minorities face with their mental health. Be on the look out for these events in your area.
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The mission of NAMI Georgia is to promote recovery and optimize the quality of life for Georgians affected by mental illness through support, education, advocacy, and research.




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