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SEPTEMBER NEWS | Print |

A MONUMENTAL LEARNING EXPERIENCE!!   EMPLOYEES AND YOUTH FROM THE FULTON COUNTY CLUBHOUSE PREPARE SANITATION KITS FOR HOMELESS MEN

Clubhouse - Sanitation Kits Homeless web

 (ABOVE LEFT TO RIGHT: Akua Davis, Jessyca Hayward, Talib Muhammad, & Kenneth Phillips load the sanitation kits in the box for distribution to the homeless)

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September is National Recovery Month and a group of teenagers came had a unique idea for a community outreach assignment.   Teens enrolled in the Fulton County Clubhouse decided to prepare and distribute sanitation kits to homeless men, and also talk with the men about how they ended up on the streets. This program is powerful both for the teens, and the men who share their story.  

"This project was chosen for Recovery Month for recovery month so that we could have a positive exchange with the homeless men, and they could share their story of strength, hope and recovery with our youth," said Akua Davis, LCSW, MAC, CAMS, MAT, Program Manager at the Fulton County Clubhouse.   Davis says the youth were very humbeled and touched by being able to help others.   The sanitation kits will be distributed to residents of the Gateway Center in downtown Atlanta.   The Fulton County Clubhouse can be reached by calling (404) 612-7111.    

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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.    Read the official News Release here.    

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

V103 Suicide Interview  Gorniak Web

(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.    Read this to recognize  the warning signs of suicide.    Get help by calling the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

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