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Pause for National Moment of Remembrance

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.

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Celebrating Mental Health Month – Risky Business Theme Highlights Importance of Knowing When Behaviors and Habits Can Be Unhealthy

When you or someone you love is dealing with a mental health concern, sometimes it’s a lot to handle. It’s important to remember that mental health is essential to everyone’s overall health and well-being, and mental illnesses are common and treatable. Yet, people experience symptoms of mental illnesses differently—and some engage in potentially dangerous or risky behaviors to avoid or cover up symptoms of a potential mental health problem.

That is why this year’s theme for May is Mental Health MonthRisky Business—is a call to educate ourselves and others about habits and behaviors that increase the risk of developing or exacerbating mental illnesses, or could be signs of mental health problems themselves. Activities like compulsive sex, recreational drug use, obsessive internet use, excessive spending, or disordered exercise patterns can all be behaviors that can disrupt someone’s mental health and potentially lead them down a path towards crisis.

May is Mental Health Month was started 68 years ago by Mental Health America, to raise awareness about mental health conditions and the importance of good mental health for everyone. Last year, Mental Health Month materials were seen and used by 22.3 million people.

This May is Mental Health Month, we are encouraging people to educate themselves about behaviors and activities that could be harmful to recovery – and to speak up without shame using the hashtag #riskybusiness – so that others can learn if their behaviors are something to examine. Posting with our hashtag is a way to speak up, to educate without judgment, and to share your point of view or story with people who may be suffering—and help others figure out if they too are showing signs of a mental illness.

“It is important to understand early symptoms of mental illness and know when certain behaviors are potentially signs of something more,” said Renee Dryfoos, DeKalb Community Service Board Chief Clinical Officer.  “We need to speak up early and educate people about risky behavior and its connection to mental illness—and do so in a compassionate, judgement-free way.”

“Prevention, early identification and intervention, and integrated services work,” concluded Dryfoos.  “When we engage in prevention and early identification, we can help reduce the burden of mental illness by identifying symptoms and warning signs early—and provide effective treatment early on.“

Founded in 1994, DeKalb CSB is a public, nonprofit organization that provides a wide range of evidence-based behavioral health, substance abuse and developmental disability services. Through more than 20 locations across DeKalb County, DeKalb CSB serves more than 10,000 children, adolescents and adults annually to help them recover and resume productive lives. DeKalb CSB employs nearly 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.

For more information on May is Mental Health Month, visit Mental Health America’s website at www.mentalhealthamerica.net/may.

 

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Would You Know When You’ve Gone Too Far?

Mental health is essential to everyone’s overall health and well-being, and mental illnesses are common and treatable. But people experience symptoms of mental illnesses differently—and some engage in potentially dangerous or risky behaviors to avoid or cover up symptoms of a potential mental health problem.

Sometimes individuals, especially young people, struggling with mental health concerns develop habits and behaviors that increase the risk of developing or exacerbating mental illnesses, or could be signs of mental health problems themselves.

Activities like compulsive sex, recreational drug use, obsessive internet use, excessive spending, or disordered exercise patterns can all be behaviors that can disrupt someone’s mental health and potentially lead them down a path towards crisis.

This May is Mental Health Month, DeKalb Community Service Board is raising awareness of Risky Business (#riskybusiness). The campaign is meant to educate and inform individuals dealing with a mental health concern understand that some behaviors and habits can be detrimental to recovery—or even mask a deeper issue—but that seeking help is nothing to be ashamed of.

DeKalb CSB wants everyone to know that mental illnesses are real, that recovery is always the goal, and that even if you or someone you love are engaging in risky behavior, there is help. It is important to understand early symptoms of mental illness and know when certain behaviors are potentially signs of something more.

We need to speak up early and educate people about risky behavior and its connection to mental illness—and do so in a compassionate, judgement-free way.

When we engage in prevention and early identification, we can help reduce the burden of mental illness by identifying symptoms and warning signs early—and provide effective treatment Before Stage 4.

Join DeKalb CSB during Mental Health Month to talk about what is and is not risky business. Let’s understand where it’s important to draw the line, so that we can address mental illness B4Stage4, and help others on the road to recovery.

Founded in 1994, DeKalb CSB is a public, nonprofit organization that provides a wide range of evidence-based behavioral health, substance abuse and developmental disability services. Through more than 20 locations across DeKalb County, DeKalb CSB serves more than 10,000 children, adolescents and adults annually to help them recover and resume productive lives. DeKalb CSB employs nearly 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.

For more information on Mental Health Month visit www.mentalhealthamerica.net/may.

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DeKalb CSB Employee Spotlight – Janel Allen, Child & Adolescent System of Care Coordinator

As we celebrate May is Mental Health Month, we are helping to spread the word that mental health is essential to everyone’s overall health and well-being, and mental illnesses are common and treatable.

Oftentimes people, especially young people, struggling with mental health concerns develop habits and behaviors that increase the risk of developing or exacerbating mental illnesses, or that could be signs of mental health problems themselves.

Mental disorders are common among children in the United States, and can be particularly difficult for the children themselves and their caregivers.  In the state of Georgia alone, 182,702 children and adolescents live with a serious mental illness.  Just over 20% (or 1 in 5) of youth ages 13-18, either currently or at some point during their life, will have had a seriously mental illness.

We recently discussed children’s mental health with Janel Allen, DeKalb CSB’s Child & Adolescent System of Care Coordinator.  In her role, Janel provides direct care coordination, case management and skill building to youth (ages 3-18) and their families.

What do you enjoy most about your role with DeKalb CSB?

I enjoy making connections and working with other agencies to increase the level of service and resources for children and families in the community, states Janel.

Throughout my work I’ve seen children who didn’t receive opportunities early in life simply because families didn’t know about the services available to them.  I enjoy identifying these gaps and finding resources and solutions to fill them.

Oftentimes parents are afraid to seek help for their child who may be experiencing a mental illness.  What are your thoughts on that?

If your child has any medical issue like asthma or diabetes you would get treatment with no questions asked.   It’s the same thing for any mental health.  At the end of the day treatment reduces symptoms. 

When parents are unsure about treatment we work to educate them about how their child’s quality of life can improve if they receive treatment.  We also work to involve parents in the treatment by making sure that they fully understand the process and purpose for any services.

If a parent has concerns about their child or loved one’s mental or behavioral health what should they do?

If you would like to seek help or speak to someone about difficulties that your child or loved one may be experiencing, 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 Children & Adolescent Intake Office.   From there, the counselor will work with you to identify a location for continued services from one of our three Child & Adolescent Centers:

Clifton Springs
3110 Clifton Springs Road
Decatur, GA 30034

Winn Way
445 Winn Way
Decatur, GA  30030

North DeKalb
3807 Clairmont Road, NE
Chamblee, GA  30341

Learn more about DeKalb CSB’s Children and Adolescent Services here or contact us at 404-892-4646.

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Celebrate Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week

This May, DeKalb Community Service Board (CSB) proudly joins the National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health (FFCMH) to celebrate Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week.  Children’s Mental Health Week provides the opportunity to focus on this important matter, while celebrating the accomplishments of children and families affected by mental health concerns.

DeKalb CSB has offered children, youth, and young adults with mental or substance use disorders in DeKalb County the services and support they need to meet their goals at home, at school and in the community.

DeKalb CSB’s outpatient child and adolescent service provides comprehensive evaluation and treatment for children (ages 3-12) and adolescents (ages 13-18).  We offer assessment and treatment when children and adolescents have emotional, behavioral, substance use or mental health challenges.

If you would like to seek help or speak to someone about difficulties that your child or loved one may be experiencing, contact DeKalb CSB Central Access at 404-892-4646 to speak with an Intake Counselor.

Founded in 1994, DeKalb CSB is a public, nonprofit organization that provides a wide range of evidence-based behavioral health, substance abuse and developmental disability services. Through more than 20 locations across DeKalb County, DeKalb CSB serves more than 10,000 children, adolescents and adults annually to help them recover and resume productive lives. DeKalb CSB employs nearly 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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May Board Meeting Announced

The May 25th 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 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 23, 2017 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 CSB Employee Spotlight – Carol Calvert, LPC, DeKalb Addiction Clinic

This April, DeKalb Community Service Board (CSB) proudly joins the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD) to celebrate Alcohol Awareness Month.  Alcohol Awareness Month in a national call to action to focus on a comprehensive approach to promote recovery and reduce underage drinking.

Carol Calvert is a full time clinician and therapist at DeKalb CSB’s DeKalb Addiction Clinic (DAC).   In her role at DAC, Carol conducts patient assessments and leads individual and group therapy.  Carol’s goal is to teach individuals the skills that they need to cope with life’s circumstances without using substances.  Carol has worked in this profession for 30 years, spending 20 years in the Department of Corrections.

“What motivates me to continue with this work is seeing the repeated devastation that addiction causes in families and individuals,” states Carol.  “Despite what society tells us, addiction and substance use is a disease of the brain.  The brain changes and is literally hijacked by addiction leaving it incapable of functioning in a way that it should.  With the proper treatment and support however, people do recover.”

What sets the DAC program apart from other treatment programs is its holistic approach to substance use treatment; providing the right treatment for individuals dealing with co-occurring disorders. Co-occurring disorder refers to the coexistence of both mental health and a substance use disorders. According to SAMHSA’s 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, approximately 7.9 million adults in the United States had co-occurring disorders in 2014.

In addition to the holistic approach to substance use treatment, DAC also provides a number of treatment options and programs that cater to each individual’s needs.

12-Step Program
DAC’s 12-step program plays a critical role for clients.  “All of our clients are required as a part of treatment to attend 12-step meetings weekly to establish a network of sober support that will be with them long after they complete treatment,” states Carol.  “The 12-step program offers individuals a blueprint for living a sober life.”

Family Education Group
DAC’s Family Education Group is for family members (parents, children, spouses, and significant others) of individuals in treatment.  The group provides family members with education about the disease of addiction and provides a space for family members to talk about their concerns.  Family members also learn how to support their loved one in recovery.

Addictive Disease Support Services
DAC has recovery coaches available to provide additional support to individuals in treatment, outside of their day to day treatment program.  Recovery coaches assist with transporting individuals to therapy provide moral support to individuals during their recovery journey, and links them to resources available in the community.

Established in 1998, DeKalb CSB’s DeKalb Addiction Clinic has served as the primary location for the delivery of addiction services to individuals in need. Located at 455 Winn Way in Decatur, Georgia, the center offers a drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs to help individuals move towards the goal of achieving and maintaining recovery from substance related and other mental health disorders. Treatment services include group counseling, individual counseling, skill building, education, random drug screening, family treatment sessions, and case management delivered in a warm and supportive setting.  Learn more by visiting us online at www.dekcsb.org or calling 404-892-4646.

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Connecting the Dots

The need to provide meaningful education on the dangers of underage drinking and drug use here in Metro-Atlanta has never been greater. A few facts help to highlight that need:

  • Alcohol and drugs are the leading causes of crime among youth.
  • Alcohol and drugs are the leading factors in teenage suicide.
  • More than 23 million people over the age of 12 are addicted to alcohol and other drugs.

Young people, like adults, drink alcohol for many different reasons. Some of the reasons may seem obvious, but understanding the feelings behind these reasons – as well as how everyday teen life comes into play – can be difficult.

Young people often drink to check out from family problems or issues with school and grades; loneliness, low self-esteem, depression, anxiety disorder and other mental health issues can contribute; they may drink to deal with the pressures of everyday social situations, to change their image or to fit in when moving to a new school or town; to gain confidence or lose inhibitions.

As kids get older and alcohol and drugs enter the picture, parents are faced with a unique set of challenges. They can simply sit back and hope their kids will “get through it,” or they can take an active role in learning about alcohol and drugs – and helping their kids to do the same.

Parents can be a primary source of positive and reliable information. In fact, research has shown that kids who have conversations with their parents and learn a lot about the dangers of alcohol and drug use are 50% less likely to use these substances than those who don’t have such conversations.

And it is important to take advantage of “teachable moments” when parents and other adults can help kids connect the dots about underage drinking and drug use. It’s not so much about having “the big talk,” but about being there for them when the issues come up – on TV, at the movies, on the radio; about celebrities or sports figures, or about their friends.

According to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, here are some guidelines that can help parents talk about alcohol and drug use:

Listen before you talk: For kids, knowing that someone is really listening is most important. Ask open-ended questions. Be involved. Be honest and open. Be positive: talking about these issues can build bridges rather than walls. And remember, addiction is a chronic, progressive disease that can be linked to family history and genetics. So, if you there is a family history of problems be matter of fact about it, as one would be with any other chronic disease, such as heart disease, diabetes or cancer.

“Alcohol and drug use is a very risky business for young people,” says Andrew Pucher, President and Chief Executive Officer of NCADD, “and parents can make a difference. The longer children delay drinking and drug use, the less likely they are to develop problems associated with it. That’s why it is so important to help your child connect the dots and make smart decisions about alcohol and drug use.”

So, this April DeKalb Community Service Board’s DeKalb Addiction Clinic is celebrating Alcohol Awareness Month by raising public awareness about underage drinking and encouraging parents to speak to their kids early and often about alcohol and other drugs.

For more information about Alcohol Awareness Month or the DeKalb Addiction Clinic contact 404-508-6430 or visit us online at www.dekalbcsb.org.

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Brighter DeKalb Foundation Selected as CBS46 Charity of the Month

The Brighter DeKalb Foundation was selected as CBS46 Atlanta’s Charity of the Month for the month of April 2017.  The Charity of the Month is part of CBS46 Chief Meteorologist Jim Kosek’s 3 Degree Guarantee launched in March 2015.

Monday through Friday on CBS46 News at 11, Jim delivers a guaranteed forecast that includes the high temperature for the following day. The next day on CBS46 News at 6pm they will compare the forecast high temperature to the actual high temperature. Each time their forecast high temperature is within three degrees of the actual high, CBS46 will donate $50 to the Brighter DeKalb Foundation.  Donations will support the needs of individuals living with mental illness, addiction and developmental disabilities.

brighter-dekalb-logo-cmykEstablished in 2006, the Brighter DeKalb Foundation is a nonprofit organization in metro-Atlanta established to help youth and adults reclaim their lives by supporting the full continuum of behavioral health and developmental disability services provided by the DeKalb Community Service Board (DeKalb CSB).  The Brighter DeKalb Foundation’s mission is to promote, advance and support the services provided by DeKalb Community Service Board.

WGCL (CBS46) is devoted to making a difference in the community by partnering with nationally recognized and smaller non-profit charities.   We applaud their commitment to our mission and for bringing key issues in our community to light to make a difference.

Click here to learn more about CBS46’s Charity of the Month.

Click here to learn more about The Brighter DeKalb Foundation.

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Re-Enroll in Kroger Community Rewards

Brighter DeKalb Foundation is proud to be a Kroger Community Rewards program recipient.  The Brighter DeKalb Foundation is a non-profit organization in metro Atlanta, Georgia, established to support behavioral health and developmental disability services provided by the DeKalb Community Service Board.

The Kroger Community Rewards program allows customers to register their Kroger Plus Card and start earning money for organizations that impact their lives.

This program requires re-enrollment annually!

Kroger Re-Enroll

To participate in the Kroger Community Rewards Program and assist the Brighter DeKalb Foundation in their efforts to provide support to the DeKalb Community Service Board:

Create Your Kroger.com account

    1. Go to the Kroger page at www.kroger.com
    2. Be sure to have your Kroger plus card handy and register your card with your organization after you sign up. If you don’t have a Kroger plus card, they are available at the customer service desk at any Kroger.
    3. Click on register and follow directions to create your account and connect your Kroger card to your online account.

Enroll in Kroger Community Rewards

    1. Go to the Community Rewards page at krogercommunityrewards.com and sign in to your online account.
    2. Click on “Enroll Now.”
    3. Enter the Brighter DeKalb Foundation’s NPO number (54818) or name.
    4. Select Brighter DeKalb Foundation from the list and click on “Enroll.”

Shop as Usual

    1. Every time you shop at Kroger or Kroger Fuel stations, swipe your Kroger Plus Card, or input the phone number associated to your card.
    2. Purchases will not count for the Brighter DeKalb Foundation until after you register your card.
    3. With your help, every purchase can make a difference for the DeKalb Community Service Board!

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General information: 404.294.3834
Appointments, referrals and crisis support: 404.892.4646

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