You are invited to attend a meeting hosted by NAMI DeKalb, DeKalb Community Service Board, and DeKalb County Police Department introducing four programs designed to provide a continuum of support and care to the children of the DeKalb community. Please join us on Monday, November 13, 2017 from 5:30PM — 7:30PM at the DeKalb Community Service Board, Bohan Auditorium, 445 Winn Way, Decatur, GA 30030.
This meeting will introduce participants to the program continuum and education goals of NAMI Georgia Youth in Crisis initiative. These four programs will discuss topics on behavioral health issues relevant to children and youth, while building awareness and resources for caregivers and the youth of DeKalb County.
Georgia Youth in Crisis: This class is primarily for law enforcement officers and preferably those who have already completed Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training and understand these basic principles, but are looking for more specific information on assisting youth.This class is also open to other youth serving professionals to instruct necessary skills in order to recognize and assist children and youth with social, emotional, and behavioral disturbances that can lead to crisis.
NAMI Basics: is a class for parents and other family caregivers of children and adolescents who have either been diagnosed with a severe emotional disturbance health condition or who are experiencing symptoms.
Parents and Teachers as Allies: is a presentation for teachers and other school personnel to raise awareness about mental illness, recognize the early warning signs and the importance of early intervention.
Ending the Silence: is an engaging 50-minute presentation designed for middle and high school age youth. They learn symptoms and indicators of mental illness and are given ideas about how to help themselves, friends, or family members who may be in need of support.
We will also provide community resources that should enable easy access to early intervention. It is our belief that this comprehensive continuum will help children to achieve goals that lead to full lives and meaningful futures.
We are excited that NAMI DeKalb/DeKalb County has been selected as a pilot site for this initiative. Please plan to join us at this meeting or send a representative. We will be recognizing Dr. Joseph Bona, DeKalb Community Service Board CEO and Assistant Chief Sonya Porter, DeKalb County Police Department as our DeKalb Mental Health Champions.
A light meal will be served, so please RSVP to Maria Ramos at [email protected]
or at (404) 936-5318.
Together we can make a positive impact on the young people of DeKalb!