Join the Brighter Tomorrow’s Team to Raise Funds and Awareness to Help Change Perceptions Around Mental Illness
DeKalb CSB is proud to be a sponsor of this year’s NAMIWalks Georgia. NAMIWalks is NAMI’s largest and most successful mental health awareness and fundraising event in the country!
We invite you to #JoinTheMovement by joining our Brighter Tomorrow’s Team at this year’s NAMIWalks Georgia! Let’s join together to show our support for individuals living with mental illness.
Click here to register today and join us as we stomp out stigma!
Saturday, October 7, 2017
Grant Park, Atlanta
The Brighter DeKalb Foundation has teamed up with Macy’s for the Shop For A Cause Fundraiser. Shop For A Cause gives you the opportunity to help support DeKalb CSB’s mental health, substance use and developmental disability programs.
Donate $5 to the Brighter DeKalb Foundation and receive an exclusive savings pass to shop at Macy’s during the annual Shop For A Cause event, Thursday, August 10 through Sunday, August 13. Proceeds will benefit DeKalb CSB. Save 20% on select regular-priced & sale home items and 10% on select regular-priced & sale electrics/electronics.
Make your $5 donation online or contact Jennifer Highsmith Payton at 404-508-7706 for additional information.
The July 27th 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 Community Engagement Committee meeting will be held in room 481 at 3:30 pm and is also open to the public.
The Audit, Finance and Compliance meeting will be held in room 421 on Tuesday, July 25th 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.
Minority Mental Health Awareness Month was founded in 2008 to bring awareness to the unique struggles that underrepresented groups face in regard to mental illness in the United States (US).
Mental illness affects one in five adults and one in 10 children in America, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Furthermore, mental illness is a leading cause of disability, yet nearly two-thirds of people with a diagnosable mental illness do not seek treatment, and racial and ethnic groups in the U.S. are even less likely to get help, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
DeKalb Community Service Board is committed to improving minority health and eliminating disparities in behavioral healthcare. With racial and ethnic minorities accounting for more than 80% of the clients we serve, DeKalb CSB is dedicated to integrating mental health with overall health and fighting the stigma associated with mental health illnesses. “Raising awareness about mental health in minority communities and bringing appropriate and essential services to the individuals that we serve is central to our mission,” said Dr. Joseph Bona, Chief Executive Officer of DeKalb CSB. “During the month of July, and throughout the year, we are committed to improving not just access to care but the quality of mental health services for our clients.”
During National Minority Mental Health Month, join DeKalb CSB in helping to raise awareness in your organization or community. Encourage your family, friends and loved ones to learn more about improving mental health and illness.
Numerous researchers have recently stated that there is a silent crisis in men’s mental health. This is based on robust evidence that men have high rates of various mental health issues.
These include elevated rates of suicide and substance abuse, as well as low rates of mental health service use. Sadly, male gender often intersects with other variables to produce even higher rates in some sub-groups.
Rob Whitley, Ph.D., assistant professor in the department of psychiatry at McGill University, explores the factors behind high rates of mental health problems in men.
Read the article in its entirety here.
On the morning of Saturday, June 3rd, DeKalb Community Service Board experienced a devastating fire at one of their Mental Health Residential Program properties. Thankfully, while all of the occupants escaped without serious injury, eleven clients enrolled in the residential program lost their homes.
In response to the Brookhaven Apartment Fire, Brighter DeKalb Foundation launched the Residential Program Fire Relief Fund to aid DeKalb CSB residents affected by the June 3rd fire. We are thankful to the outpouring of support that the community has provided to assist those impacted by the fire. To date, our amazing friends and partners have donated over $2,100, which Brighter DeKalb Foundation has disbursed to DeKalb CSB to support those displaced by the fire. We are happy to announce that we have moved all of the displaced clients into new permanent residential housing. Thank you for all of your support!
The Brighter DeKalb Foundation is still collecting donations to help with the purchasing of household items, clothing, toiletries and other personal items.
Please consider making a donation to support the Residential Program Fire Relief Fund. All donations are tax deductible and 100% of the proceeds collected as part of this fundraiser will go towards assisting those affected by the fire.
Monetary donations can be made payable to the Brighter DeKalb Foundation (Attn: Fire Fund).
>>Click here to donate today!
Raising the Bar in Customer Service
DeKalb Community Service Board’s Support Services Department is responsible for operating and maintaining DeKalb CSB facilities and property. This includes maintenance of the agency’s 67 vehicles and oversight of the agency’s 22 locations, including inpatient clinics, outpatient clinics and residential homes.
The Support Services Department is an essential business asset and helps DeKalb CSB maintain a safe working environment for our clients and employees. “Our goal in Support Services is to Raise the Bar in Customer Service,” said Andria S. Daniels, DeKalb CSB Director of Support Services.
Support Services encompasses a number of departments including Facilities, Transportation and Health and Safety.
The Facilities Department manages the day to day operations of DeKalb CSB’s 22 locations. This includes maintenance, repairs, routine facility inspections, vendor management, mail services and more. The department works closely with the Purchasing Team for site equipment purchases and serves as the project lead for all site renovations and capital improvement projects.
The Transportation Department oversees DeKalb CSB’s fleet operations. This includes training for all agency drivers, oversight of preventive maintenance and repairs, and management of vehicle orders, leases and safety equipment. To date DeKalb CSB has 67 vehicles in their fleet.
The Health and Safety Department is responsible for planning, establishing and maintaining a variety of health, safety and environmental programs to assure the highest possible degree of safety for DeKalb CSB clients and employees. The department ensures that federal, state and local laws and regulation are continuously observed. The department also regularly conducts on-site inspections and drills to ensure safe conditions and work practices at all locations.
“The Support Services team has gone above and beyond in all areas of Support Services,” stated Andria. “Together they continue to Raise the Bar in Customer Service.”
DECATUR, Georgia – June 6, 2017 – On the morning of Saturday, June 3, 2017, fire destroyed DeKalb CSB’s residential housing units located at a Brookhaven apartment complex. DeKalb CSB currently leases units in the complex for many clients enrolled in the agency’s Mental Health Residential Program. In all, 11 clients were displaced from their homes and lost all of their belongings as a result of the fire.
In response to the Brookhaven Apartment Fire, Brighter DeKalb Foundation launched the Residential Program Fire Relief Fund to aid DeKalb CSB residents affected by the June 3rd fire.
“Recovery and rebuilding can take some time,” said Dr. Joseph Bona, Chief Executive Officer of DeKalb CSB. “Although temporary housing has been secured for all the displaced clients, this fire completely destroyed all of their belongings—including furniture, clothes and personal items. This Fire Relief Fund will directly assist the victims with their immediate needs as they rebuild their lives and work toward their longer term recovery goals.”
Donations are tax deductible and will be used to purchase clothing, shoes, toiletries, furniture and other necessities. “We appreciate the community’s support as we help these individuals recover a sense of normalcy after the fire.”
Monetary donations can be made payable to the Brighter DeKalb Foundation.
>>Click here to donate today!
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There are an estimated 43.8 million adults in the U.S. living with mental illness. The most devastating statistic is that 60% of the people with a mental illness will not seek help. The consequences of this can be tragic, especially among men. Men are less likely to seek treatment for their condition and sadly have a suicide rate nearly four times higher than that of women.
“Mental health conditions often go undiagnosed in men,” said Dr. Joseph Bona, Chief Executive Officer of DeKalb CSB. “We all need to do our part to combat the unfitting stigma that is associated with mental illness. Talking to someone about mental health issues and taking steps to address them are signs of tremendous courage and strength.”
DeKalb CSB encourages men to seek help early!
The stigma associated with mental illness can be difficult for some men to overcome. Although, by seeking help before a mental illness has time to progress, can significantly improve the effectiveness of treatment and help individuals get back to living happy and healthy lives.
If you or a loved one are experiencing a mental health issue contact DeKalb CSB Central Access at 404-892-4646 to speak with an Intake Counselor. The intake counselor will schedule an in person assessment at our Winn Way Intake Office and will work with you to identify a convenient location for continued services. All calls and services are confidential and available to individuals with our without insurance.
This coming Monday is Memorial Day, a day we often acknowledge by shopping, vacations, the opening of pools and family cookouts. We often forget what Memorial Day actually represents; a time to remember those who sacrificed their lives for their country, our freedoms, and the promise of a greater future.
The many women and men who served in the battles of our country sacrificed their own pursuits for the safety and prosperity of our country. They surrendered time with their families so our own sons and daughters could delight in the opportunities of today.
To ensure that the sacrifices of America’s fallen heroes are never forgotten, Congress established “The National Moment of Remembrance Act” in 2000. The Act encourages the coordination of Memorial Day commemorations and the National Moment of Remembrance.
The National Moment of Remembrance encourages all Americans to pause in an act of national unity at 3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day for one minute of silence to remember and honor those who have died in service to our nation. “It’s a way we can all help put the memorial back in Memorial Day,” states Moment of Remembrance founder Carmella LaSpada.
DeKalb Community Service Board thanks all of those who served, are serving, and those who unselfishly gave their lives for our country. And we honor the families who were left behind. Please join us in a minute of silence at 3pm on Memorial Day to remember the courageous and dedicated men and women of our armed forces.