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December 29, 2020

Each year the Behavioral Health Services Coalition, a group of advocates supporting behavioral health in Georgia, comes together to organize the Mental Health Day at the Capitol. Anyone whose life is impacted by mental health concerns is welcome including: people in recovery, families, political leaders, service providers, community support organizations, faith leaders, law enforcement, first responders, other advocates, and anyone else who wants to support behavioral health in their communities.

Legislator Meetings will be conducted virtually. Request a meeting with your legislator using the registration form below:

http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=obnz85bab&oeidk=a07ehd01qsyc229076a&condition=SO_OVERRIDE

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    You are invited to NAMI FDL’s Virtual Holiday Party.

    Kim Jones, NAMI GA Executive Director, will be the guest speaker for the evening.  We’ll have door prizes and fun games.

    When: Dec 15, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

    Register in advance for this event:

    https://namiga.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEsfu-qqj8iHNOwDncnUvT2wPRsR1_KJCsJ

    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

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    NAMI Georgia offers a non-crisis HelpLine that can provide information about resources for persons with mental illnesses and their family members in Georgia.

    Translation services are available.

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    President Trump has signed into law a bipartisan bill to create a three-digit number for mental health emergencies. The Federal Communications Commission had already picked 988 as the number for this hotline and aims to have it up and running by July 2022. The new law paves the way to make that a reality.

    “We are thrilled, because this is a game changer,” says Robert Gebbia, CEO of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

    He and other mental health advocates say this will make it easier for more Americans to access mental health care.

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    While in-person NAMI support group meetings are cancelled, groups are meeting virtually by remote connection. Below is a list of Virtual Support Group meeting for North Georgia.

    • NAMI Connection Recovery Support Groups offer respect, understanding, encouragement and hope for those living in recovery.
    • NAMI Family Support Groups are for families, caregivers and loved ones of those who live with mental health challenges.

    NAMI Georgia Support Groups

    NAMI Georgia is hosting NAMI Connection Recovery Support groups and Family Support groups on Mondays at 6:15 pm and Wednesdays at 6:30 pm.

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    What is NAMIWalks Your Way?

    Health concerns over exposure to COVID-19 have led NAMI to recommend that NAMI State Offices not hold their traditional, centralized 5k NAMIWalks this year. NAMI Georgia is following this recommendation, cancelling its three large, in-person events (NAMIWalks Georgia, in Atlanta; NAMIWalks Southwest Georgia, in Albany; and NAMIWalks North Georgia, in Gainesville).
    But we still need to raise money, right?

    Yes! While NAMIWalks provides a portion of the state office budget,

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