Monthly Archives: May 2015

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Upcoming DeKalb CSB Board Meeting

The May 28th 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, May 26, 2015 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.

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DeKalb County Shines Light on Children’s Mental Health

Children’s Mental Health is an important public health issue that affects up to 1 out of 5 children in the United States.  According to the National Research Council and Institute of Medicine report, it is estimated that 13 – 20 percent of children living in the U.S. experience a mental disorder in a given year and an estimated $247 billion is spent each year on children mental disorders.

During Children’s Mental Health Week, May 3 to 9, DeKalb CSB looks to raise awareness, increase acceptance and generate funding for programs associated with the pressing issue of Children’s Mental Health.  

In honor of Children’s Mental Health Day, recognized on May 7, 2015, Interim Chief Executive Officer Lee May issued DeKalb CSB with a proclamation designating May 7, 2015 as National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day in DeKalb County.

According to the proclamation, “We must all do our part in the community to make sure that our youth are getting the proper help and treatment they need to reach their full potential free from debilitating effects of mental illness.”

The proclamation goes on to honor DeKalb CSB “for all of their hard work and dedication to positive mental health.”

 

Children’s Mental Health Matters in DeKalb County!

5-1-15 DeKalb Community Service Board Proclamation

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Addressing Mental Health Before Stage 4 (#B4Stage4)

MHM2015 B4Stage4 VERTICAL BANNERWhen we think about cancer, heart disease, or diabetes, we don’t wait years to treat them. We start before Stage 4—we begin with prevention. When people are in the first stage of those diseases, and are beginning to show signs of symptoms like a persistent cough, high blood pressure, or high blood sugar, we try immediately to reverse these symptoms. We don’t ignore them. In fact, we develop a plan of action to reverse and sometimes stop the progression of the disease.

So why aren’t we doing the same for individuals who are dealing with potentially serious mental illness?

When you or someone close to you starts to experience the early warning signs of mental illness, knowing what the risk factors and symptoms are will help to catch them early. Often times, family and friends are the first to step in to support a person through these early stages. Experiencing symptoms such as loss of sleep, feeling tired for no reason, feeling low, feeling anxious, or hearing voices, shouldn’t be ignored or brushed aside in the hopes that they go away. Like other diseases, we need to address these symptoms early, identify the underlying disease, and plan an appropriate course of action on a path towards overall health. Mental health conditions should be addressed long before they reach the most critical points in the disease process—before Stage 4.

Many people do not seek treatment in the early stages of mental illnesses because they don’t recognize the symptoms. Up to 84% of the time between the first signs of mental illness and first treatment is spent not recognizing the symptoms.

Mental Health America’s screening tools can help. Taken online at www.mhascreening.org, a screening is an anonymous, free and private way to learn about your mental health and see if you are showing warning signs of a mental illness. A screening only takes a few minutes, and after you are finished you will be given information about the next steps you should take based on the results. You can also contact the DeKalb Community Service Board Central Access Line to schedule for assistance at 404-892-4646.  A screening is not a diagnosis, but it can be a helpful tool for starting a conversation with your doctor or a loved one about your mental health.

This May is Mental Health Month; DeKalb CSB is raising awareness of the important role mental health plays in our lives and encouraging members of the community to learn more about their own mental health and to take action immediately if they are experiencing symptoms of a mental illness.

Mental illnesses are not only common, they are treatable. There is a wide variety of treatment options for mental illnesses ranging from talk therapy to medication to peer support, and it may take some time for a person to find the right treatment or combination of treatments that works best for them. But when they do, the results can be truly amazing and life changing. DeKalb CSB wants to help people learn what they can do both to protect their mental health and know the signs of mental illness #B4Stage4.

It’s up to all of us to know the signs and take action so that mental illnesses can be caught early and treated, and we can live up to our full potential. We know that intervening effectively during early stages of mental illness can save lives and change the trajectories of people living with mental illnesses. Be aware of your mental health and get screened #B4Stage4 today

Mailing: PO Box 1648, Decatur, GA 30031
General information: 404.294.3834
Appointments, referrals and crisis support: 404.892.4646

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