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SEPTEMBER | Print |

 

SEPTEMBER IS NATIONAL RECOVERY MONTH.   THE THEME IS "JOIN THE VOICES FOR RECOVERY - INVEST IN HEALTH, HOME, PURPOSE & COMMUNITY"    

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FULTON COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS RECOGNIZE SEPTEMBER AS BOTH NATIONAL RECOVERY MONTH & SUICIDE PREVENTION AWARENESS MONTH

BOC - Recovery Month 2018 web

On Wednesday, September 19th,  the Fulton County Department of Behavioral Health & Developmental Disabilities (BHDD) was joined by River Edge Behavioral Health, Odyssey Family Counseling Center, Chris 180, Georgia Council on Substance Abuse, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Georgia, Grady Behavioral Health Center, and representatives from the Fulton County Courts to receive a proclamation from the Fulton County Board of Commissioners that recognized September as both National Recovery Month  & Suicide Prevention Awareness Month.  

Grady Health System Representatives

Just outside of the Assembly Hall at the Fulton County Government Center where the Board of Commissioners meet, representatives were on hand from community-based agencies that serve people living with addiction.

Addiction agency representatives

Two representatives from the Georgia Council on Substance Abuse shared their personal stories with people at the Board of Commissioners Meeting.    Read the official News Release here.    

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BEHAVIORAL HEALTH & DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES MANAGERS TRAIN LIBRARIANS ON HOW TO RECOGNIZE INDIVIDUALS SUFFERING FROM MENTAL ILLNESS

Behavioral Health Representatives  

 (ABOVE: Charles Releford & Lynnette Allen speak to librarians at the Auburn Avenue Research Library)

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Anyone who works with the public is bound to come across people that are suffering from a behavioral health disorder.   However, it is important to know how to approach and interact with people in distress.   Therefore, on Monday, September 24th, employees at the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System participated in a lively discussion on how to identify and interact with people who may have a mental health issue.   The presentation is called "Mental Health First Aid" and is offered by the Fulton County Department of Behavioral Health & Developmental Disabilities (BHDD).

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FULTON COUNTY COMMISSIONER EMMA I. DARNELL FILMS TELEVISION PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT FOR NATIONAL RECOVERY MONTH

Commissioner Emma I. Darnell

Fulton County Commissioner Emma I. Darnell (District 6) cares deeply about the health and well-being of the citizens.   Since Fulton County is the epicenter of the opioid epidemic in Georgia, and has uninsured individuals living with addiction, Commissioner Darnell recorded a television public service announcement (PSA) that lists a website for people to access services.   The taping of the PSA coincides with September, which is National Recovery Month.   The PSA will air on Fulton County Government Television (FGTV) and appear on the website for this Department.    

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FULTON COUNTY GOVERNMENT RECOGNIZES DIRECT SERVICE PROFESSIONALS RECOGNITION WEEK!

Direct Care Staff

(ABOVE L - R: Andre Clyde, Jamilla Stewart, Latisha Mason & Russell Barker)

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The Fulton County Department of Behavioral Health & Developmental Disabilities (BHDD) is pleased to celebrate September 9-15 as 2018 Direct Support Professional Recognition Week!  This is a week-long celebration in recognition of  the dedication and accomplishments of outstanding Direct Support Professionals and their vital contribution to communities across the country.

The Department of BHDD has skilled and accomplished direct service professionals working in our three Training Centers that provide services to adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.   We are honored and amazed by the enthusiasm and commitment to customer services that our direct service professionals offer on a daily basis.

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   LA TRINA FOSTER TEAMS WITH THE FULTON COUNTY CHIEF MEDICAL EXAMINER TO SHATTER MANY MYTHS SURROUNDING SUICIDE

V103 Radio Suicide Interview

(ABOVE (L - R): La Trina R. Foster, Maria Boynton, & Dr. Jan Gorniak)

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La Trina R. Foster, Director of the Fulton County Department of Behavioral Health & Developmental Disabilities, appeared on V-103 FM radio station along with Dr. Jan Gorniak, Fulton County Chief Medical Examiner, to discuss the myths and stereotypes surrounding suicide.   They also discussed the warning signs of suicide, and where to get help if you suspect that someone is planning to end their life.

The radio show was hosted by Maria Boynton, a long time on-air personality at the station, which is the number one radio station in Atlanta.   On average, over 44,900 Americans end their lives every year, and suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the country.

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