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July 7, 2020

Taking place July 13 and 14, this virtual event takes the place of the National Convention which was cancelled.  Registration is FREE.

Don’t miss NAMI’s free virtual convention, NAMICon 2020, one of the largest community gatherings of mental health advocates in the U.S., July 13–14. Registration closes July 9, don’t wait!
Our online event will feature:

  • Over 20 workshop sessions
  • Special plenary with Dr. Joshua Gordon, Director of NIMH
  • Live Q &
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    For surviving family members, suicide trauma is devastating.  I have been personally touched by the suicide of a good friend.  I just finished watching a webinar hosted by NAMI Georgia about QPR from the QPR Institute.   QPR stands for Question – Persuade – Refer.  QPR is an abbreviation much like CPR.  Like CPR, you don’t have to be a doctor or mental health professional to save someone’s life.  The webinar covers the following areas:

    • Signs that someone is suicidal (can be subtle)
    • The right questions to ask a suicidal person
    • The wrong questions to ask
    • How to listen to their stories of pain
    • A way to dispense hope
    • How to get help

    This is not to train you as a professional but rather to administer first aid much like you would do with CPR. 

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    June 11, 2020, from 12 PM to 1 PM

    COVID-19 is causing a historic mental health budget cuts.  Join NAMI Georgia on June 11th  for a live webinar on how to effectively advocate for mental health funding.

    To join this important webinar click on the following link https://zoom.us/j/462368458

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    From nami.org 5/29/2020

    The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) today released the following statement from CEO Daniel H. Gillison, Jr., regarding recent racist incidents across the country and their impact on mental health:

    “The effect of racism and racial trauma on mental health is real and cannot be ignored. The disparity in access to mental health care in communities of color cannot be ignored. The inequality and lack of cultural competency in mental health treatment cannot be ignored.

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    When: Thursday, May 21, 2020, 4:00-5:30 PM EDT

    There are over 10,000 apps targeting mental health conditions available for download and use today. These apps are appealing tools in today’s challenging times — they’re easy to access and low cost. But some apps can be dangerous, and others steal your health data. Many just waste your time and are simply not effective.

    Although an app can be useful in care, it’s important to be cautious about which app you use.

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    When: Thursday 7 May 2020, 04:00 PM – 05:30 PM Eastern time

    Peer support — individuals with lived experience helping other individuals with lived experience — is an important part of mental health recovery. Peer support specialists are often trained, certified and prepared to help with recovery, much like a therapist but with different schooling and credentials. In times of widespread crisis like our country is experiencing now, when the mental health field is overburdened, these specialists are more important than ever.

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