National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week is May 3-9, 2015. This entire week is dedicated to teaching people about children’s mental health, advocating to improve services and celebrating all the work that has been done in the past. This year also marks the 10th Anniversary of National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day, observed on Thursday, May 7, 2015.
In honor of this Children’s Mental Health, we are encouraging our partners and friends to wear green ribbons to help raise public awareness and to show their support to children, youth and families. DeKalb CSB believes that these issues are important to address year round, but highlighting these issues during May provides a time for people to come together and display the passion and strength of those working to improve the lives of the tens of millions of Americans affected by mental illness.
On Thursday, April 2, 2015, Chamblee Charter High School seniors came to DeKalb Community Service Board (CSB) to participate in a service project as part of their annual Senior Day of Service. For the past three years, Chamblee Charter High School has allowed graduating seniors to volunteer with local nonprofits as a part of their annual Senior Service Day.
At this time of year, many high school seniors have a lot on their plates with the excitement of spring break, prom, graduation, and the summer before starting college. In fact any opportunity to miss a day of school to relax is often seen as a golden opportunity. However, this was not the case for fifteen selfless seniors from Chamblee Charter High School. Rather than using the opportunity to miss a day of school as a day of leisure, these seniors spent their morning participating in environmental and landscaping activities for DeKalb CSB’s DeKalb Service Center.
During the day, Chamblee Charter High School seniors, individuals, and staff collaborated to create a beautiful setting for the outdoor areas surrounding DeKalb Service Center. Activities included planting flowers, laying mulch, trimming trees, removing debris and unwanted weeds, and sweeping the outdoor stairwells. After a few hours of hard work, volunteers transformed the outdoor area into a welcoming environment. “It is always nice to have members of the community come forward to beautify the facility,” stated Cathy Fraser, DeKalb Service Center Director. “The interaction between the students and the individuals is valuable because the individuals rarely get the opportunity to interact with others outside of our staff.”
Since 1978, the DeKalb Service Center has served local citizens with disabilities. The center supports adults with severe and profound developmental disabilities in a day program setting that empowers individuals to function more independently in their home and community. Aligned with DeKalb CSB’s vision, the Service Center envisions a community in which disabilities no longer limit potential.
Volunteering helps to strengthen communities, connect with others and transform lives. DeKalb CSB is actively seeking volunteers interested in helping to make brighter tomorrows for the youth and adults who depend on the agency for community-based mental health, developmental disabilities and addiction services. For information on group or individual volunteer opportunities visit www.dekcsb.org or contact DeKalb CSB Community Relations at 404-508-7875 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
DeKalb CSB is a proud sponsor of the “Recovery is Real – Metro Atlanta Connections and Conversations 2015.” The purpose of this event is to build awareness that long-term recovery from mental illness and addiction is a reality and that an informed and accepting community sustains recovery. In addition, attendees will help to identify opportunities for collaboration in order to strengthen and expand existing community resources that support long-term recovery.
The Metro Atlanta symposium will take place on Saturday, April 18, from 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM, at the Georgia Piedmont Technical College Conference Center. This event is free and open to the public.
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Applications Being Accepted for 2015-16 Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism
ATLANTA…Applications from U.S. residents are now being accepted for six one-year journalism fellowships with the Carter Center’s Mental Health Program. These fellowships aim to enhance public understanding of mental health issues and reduce stigma and discrimination against people with mental illnesses through balanced and accurate reporting. The deadline for applications is April 17, 2015, and the fellowship recipients will be announced July 10, 2015, on the Center’s website. The 2015-2016 fellowship year begins in September 2015.
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