February 7th is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. This day was created to raise awareness and to make a difference in the HIV epidemic in our communities by getting tested, treated, educated, and involved.
National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day was started 14 years ago to focus attention on HIV in blacks and African Americans,* the racial/ethnic group most affected by HIV in the United States.
According to the CDC, blacks make up only 12% of the U.S. population but had nearly half (44%) of all new HIV infections in the United States in 2010.
Know your status! Come out for National Black HIV/Aids Awareness Day Testing on February 7th, 12pm- 4pm at Greenbriar Mall in the Macy’s parking lot.
You are also invited to join DeKalb CSB, and The Fulton-DeKalb Hospital Authority on February 4th for a screening of Lisa Biagiotti’s award-winning documentary “deepsouth”, an exploration into the lives of those affected by HIV in the American South.
Addiction Recovery Awareness Day is Thursday, February 5th. In honor of this day, DeKalb Community Service Board will join the Georgia Council on Substance Abuse at the Georgia State Capitol from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. to celebrate and participate in the events. Join us as we help spread the hope of recovery from addiction, break the silence, and stand up for life. Addiction Recovery Awareness Day also includes this year’s 13th Annual Suicide Prevention Day activities at the Capitol. There will be events throughout the morning and afternoon and the experience will bring the voice of our community to the ears of our legislators.
Click here for more details on Addiction Recovery Awareness Day activities
Click here for more details on Suicide Prevention activities
DECATUR, Georgia – January 26, 2015 – The Brighter DeKalb Foundation announces an addition to the Board of Directors, Amanda Michalik. Brighter DeKalb Foundation is a nonprofit organization in metro-Atlanta, Georgia established to help youth and adults reclaim their lives by supporting a full continuum of behavioral health and developmental disability services provided by the DeKalb Community Service Board (DeKalb CSB).
Serving on the Board of Directors, Michalik will focus on enriching the lives of DeKalb county residents dealing with mental illness. “My family has dealt with their fair share of mental illness and addiction – it’s very hard on families and individuals,” said Michalik. “It is evident that people with mental illness are not getting the help that they need. I’m motivated by the opportunity to be a part of a foundation that supports creating better communities aimed at helping individuals with mental illness and developmental disabilities.”
Michalik has a great interest in creating awareness and advocating for mental health. She also believes access to mental health services is essential to creating healthy, thriving communities and she is committed to supporting efforts to provide these services to her community.
Michalik has over 12 years of Healthcare Information Technology experience, focused in process improvement and program and project management. Michalik holds a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from the University of Iowa, and a Masters of Health Systems Industrial Engineering from Georgia Tech.
The Brighter DeKalb Foundation helps youth and adults reclaim their lives by supporting a full continuum of behavioral health and developmental disability services provided to more than 10,000 citizens annually by the DeKalb Community Service Board (CSB) in DeKalb County, Georgia.
DeKalb CSB is a public, nonprofit organization that provides a wide range of evidence-based behavioral health and developmental disability services. Through more than 20 locations across DeKalb County, DeKalb CSB helps children and adults recover and resume productive lives. DeKalb CSB employs more than 500 staff, and is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). For more information, visit www.dekcsb.org or call 404.508.7875.
DeKalb CSB clients, staff and leaders joined hundreds of Georgians living in recovery during the 2015 Mental Health Day at the Capitol yesterday. Nearly 500 supporters gathered to show their support, experience and testimonies.
The event was sponsored by the Behavioral Health Services Coalition and promoted the theme “Recovery is Good Business.”
Thank you to all of those who came out to lend their voice and to show their support. Mark your calendars to and join us at the Capitol for Addiction Recovery Awareness Day on February 5th and Disability on March 5th.
Join us at the State Capital on from 8-12pm on Tuesday, January 20, 2015 and show your support for Mental Health Awareness.
Click here for more details. MH Day Flyer 2015
The January 22nd board meeting of the DeKalb Community Service Board is open to the public for those who are interested in services for mental health, addiction and developmental disabilities. The meeting will be held at 4:00 pm at 445 Winn Way, Room 421, Decatur, GA 30030.
The Advocacy Committee meeting will be held in the same room at 3:00 pm and is also open to the public.
The Audit, Finance and Compliance meeting will be held in the same room on Tuesday, January 20th at 12:00 pm and is also open to the public.
For those with disabilities in need of assistance or accommodations to participate in the meeting, please notify Community Relations at (404) 508-7875.
In this week’s Champion Newspaper, Dr. Joseph Bona, DeKalb CSB’s Chief Medical Officer, shares his perspective on mental illness. “If you’re not functioning at your possible highest level, if you’re suffering from symptoms or something is not right, it is always best to see a professional, get an assessment, figure out what’s going on and and then look at your options as far as treatment, rather than pushing it aside,” stated Dr. Bona.
Read the article in its entirety here.