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OAK HILL GETS HIGH PRAISE FOR ITS SCHOOL-BASED MENTAL HEALTH THERAPY PROGRAM

Deela Brown

(ABOVE: Deela Brown at the Oak Hill Child, Adolescent & Family Center)

If you are looking for Deela Brown, don't visit her office at the Fulton County Oak Hill Child, Adolescent & Family Center.  Instead, just ask students at Alonzo A. Crim Open Campus High School.  They look forward to seeing her everyday.

"I tell the kids that when they come into my office, it's their safe space," says Brown. "If they are struggling with an issue, I will help them resolve it or I will connect them with someone who can help them."  Deela provides school-based mental health therapy to youth between 14 to 21 years old at the school , as part of an APEX Grant.

Through the grant, mental health therapy is provided to students at six Fulton County Schools, including Forrest Hill Academy, Banneker High School, Heritage Elementary School, Woodland Middle School, and Creekside High School.  For more information about the APEX Program, call Oak Hill at (404) 612-4111.    

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THESE BEHAVIORAL HEALTH CLINICIANS KNOW HOW TO HELP SENIORS MAINTAIN A BETTER STATE OF MIND

Behavioral Health Clinicians

 (ABOVE (Left to Right): LaQuesha Agnew & Joy Westmoreland)

As a nation, America is getting older.  This is primarily because the baby boomers, who comprise the largest segment of the population, are either retiring or nearing retirement age.  They are the post-World War II generation who were born between 1946 to 1964.

the Fulton County Department of Behavioral Health & Developmental Disabilities (BHDD) recognizes that seniors have their own set of mental health issues that may differ from younger people; therefore, a team of behavioral health clinicians visits the Fulton County Government senior multipurpose centers each month to host behavioral health presentations on subjects that directly impact people in this age group.

"Seniors have shown interest in getting information as it often reinforces similar messages that they have heard from various healthcare sources," says LaQuesha Agnew, Behavioral Health Assistant.  "They feel empowered when they can take back information to their peers and loved ones."  The BHDD team visiting the senior multipurpose centers consists of Julathra Smith, Joy Westmoreland, and LaQuesha Agnew.  The Team works with the staff at the centers, and seniors, to develop a theme for each month's presentation.

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