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Shop for a Cause. Purchase Your Macy’s Shopping Card Today!

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.

 

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Board Meeting Announced

July Board Meeting Announced – Correction

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.

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DeKalb CSB Celebrates Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

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.

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Exploring the Factors Behind High Rates of Mental Health Problems in Men

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.

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Residential Program Fire Relief Fund Update

Residential Program Fire Relief Fund Update

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.

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Monetary donations can be made payable to the Brighter DeKalb Foundation (Attn:  Fire Fund).
>>Click here to donate today!

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DeKalb CSB is Proud to Recognize June as Men’s Health Month

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.

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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.

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

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