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Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week 2016

National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week is May 1 – 7, 2016.  Join DeKalb CSB and The National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health as we raise awareness about the importance of prevention and early identification of mental health challenges in youth. This year’s theme is “Healthy Families, Resilient Children: Mental Health is a Family Affair!”

Nearly 1 in 5 children suffer from a mental health challenge.  Join us in helping to reduce the stigma associated with children’s mental health.

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As national events continue to illuminate the critical need for mental health care reform in this country, we must increase our efforts to educate the nation about the importance of prevention and early identification of mental health challenges. As a nation, we are vigilant about ensuring that our citizens know basic first aid techniques, understand the importance of smoke detectors, and can recite the techniques of “stop, drop and roll” but we fail to educate ourselves about the signs and symptoms of mental illness.

We must also highlight the fact that children are an integral part of a family unit and create an understanding among policy leaders and practitioners that healthy families are better equipped to support resilient children. Legislation, policies, and practices must fully endorse the undisputed importance of full family engagement and participation in the care and treatment of their children. Further, we must advocate for a holistic approach to children’s mental health that includes the provision of supports that strengthen the family as they nurture resiliency.

Please join us as we create a national dialogue about the importance of healthy families and resilient children! Learn more…

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Joseph Bona, MD Named Honorary Chair of NAMI DeKalb Candlelight Vigil

DECATUR – April 1, 2016 – Joseph Bona, MD, was named honorary chair of NAMI DeKalb’s Candlelight Vigil to take place on Friday, May 6, 2016 at 7:00pm at the Downtown Decatur Square Bandstand. Dr. Bona is the Chief Executive Officer of the DeKalb Community Service Board and also serves as an Adjunct Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science at the Emory University School of Medicine.

This year’s NAMI DeKalb Vigil will take place in conjunction with National Mental Health Month. The Vigil is a free event designed to raise awareness about the impact of mental illness in our community. The event will include live music, street theater performances, informational booths featuring local mental health service providers and a powerful program honoring our friends and loved ones with a mental health condition as well as their caregivers. Attendees are encouraged to wear green, to demonstrate their commitment to ending the stigma surrounding Mental Illness.

“I was humbled to be asked to serve as Honorary Chair of NAMI DeKalb’s Candlelight Vigil,” stated Joseph Bona, MD. “The Vigil reminds us that while we have made some progress in “bringing light” against the stigma of mental illness, there is still much work to be done. It also reinforces that together we can be powerful advocates for the rights of individuals who suffer from mental illness.”

NAMI DeKalb and DeKalb CSB share goals of improving the quality of life for all of those affected by mental illness. The agencies have enjoyed a rewarding partnership for over two decades, including sharing representation on each other’s Board of Directors.

“Our work in the DeKalb community has led us to work with Dr. Bona,” stated Cynthia Moorer Co-President of NAMI DeKalb. “He is a fierce advocate for those living with mental health conditions and this is why we have selected him as our 2016 honorary chair.”

For more information about the Candlelight Vigil visit http://namidekalb.com.

Download the NAMI DeKalb Candle Vigil Announcement

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 serves more than 12,000 children, adolescents and adults annually to help them recover and resume productive lives.  DeKalb CSB employs more than 500 staff, and is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).   Learn more about DeKalb Community Service Board at www.dekcsb.org.

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