Uplifting thoughts…

During the many years I have spent in support groups it has been painfully apparent of just how burdensome and dispiriting the effects of mood disorders can be…for the persons who have the illnesses as well as the companions, family members and caregivers doing what they can in trying to help.

The symptoms of ongoing depression can steal our passion for living and push us deeper into a downward spiral of unworthiness with an unshakeable sense of failure. Bipolar disorder, too, can yank us from a moment of welcomed exhilaration only to send us plummeting into hopelessness and feeling we’ve no way to turn from the belief, however false, of no way out.

Helping a loved one to rediscover their own value and self-worth is one of the most effective ways out of these dark places. Stopping the downward slide is key, certainly, and may require a creative approach along with a sizeable amount of love. Actions that might be helpful could include:

  • Attending a support group regularly, perhaps once or twice a week.
  • Regular meetings with their therapist.
  • Seeing their doctor in case a medication adjustment might be necessary.
  • Spending time with people who are loving and accepting and help your loved one to feel respected, loved and necessary.
  • Adjusting daily habits to ensure proper nutrition, adequate rest and minimal stress.

Uplifting thoughts, too, are believed by many to be as important as actions. After all, they point out, thoughts usuallyprecede effective actions. It is from thoughts of hope, encouragement, healing, right choices and loving ideas that we discover the actions that truly help.

     Loving ideas…now there’s an uplifting thought.
[This is a reprint]

Jerry Malugeon, Author, The Black Dog and the Cyclone Racer

 

NAMI Augusta-Thomson attended Georgia Suicide Prevention Day!

 Be the Change You Wish to See in the World! HELP PASS Georgia HB198

#ENDYOUTHSUICIDE

8 SIMPLE STEPS:
1.

Read the Bill -Download here
 

2.

Download the Legislative Letter

 
3.
Make the letter
your own/use it as is/or start from scratch
4.
Find who your legislators are
(if you don’t already know) click here
5.

EMAIL

your legislators
click here
6.

A few days later, CALLyour legislator

(the information sheet will tell you what to say, but if you aren’t comfortable with calling – just EMAIL)
7.

COMPLETE  

the SURVEY

(this is a critical step so we know what legislators still need our voice!)
8.
Share this email with friends and family!

(this issue effects EVERY Georgian, Suicide is Everyone’s Business!)

8 Steps
and
You have BECOME the Change you wish to see in the World! 
You may (or may not) have missed an AMAZING Georgia Suicide Prevention Day at the Capitol, but you can still MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
The moment for you to take ACTION has arrived! 
It is simple and easy for you to be a part of a significant moment in Georgia’s history that will NO DOUBT save lives of Georgia YOUTH.
  • Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for 15 – 24 year olds.
  • The numbers for 10 – 14 year olds are climbing fast!
  • The youngest loss in Georgia was only 8 years old, and suicidal ideation is being seen as young as 5 years old. 
We can no longer ignore the growing threat of doing nothing!!

“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time”

We cannot do it alone… It does take a village…we need your help ,
we need your VOICE!!  Georgia HB 198, The Jason Flatt Act Georgia,was introduced on the floor of the house on February 2, 2015.  Clark Flatt from the Jason Foundation said “I think this may be the best version of The Jason Flatt Act ever written.” and we agree!Our summary: this bill will ask that every certificated public school personnel receive 2 hours of suicide prevention training each and every year.  It also asks that the Department of Education (in consultation with the Suicide Prevention Program) create a model policy around suicide prevention, intervention and postvention for schools to use as a guide in creating their own policy in each and every public school in Georgia.  Read the bill and familiarize yourself with the points.

According to the Carnegie Task Force on Education:
“School systems are not responsible for meeting every need of
their students, but when the need directly affects learning,
the school must meet the challenge.

We had many teachers and school staff with us at the Capitol, with a clear message that this can be done, and MUST be done!
LETS STEP UP TO MEET THE CHALLENGE!!
Make the choice to SAVE young lives in Georgia!
Ask your legislator to VOTE YES on Georgia HB 198. 
DONT LEAVE THE WORK FOR SOMEONE ELSE! 
Your email, call or voice could make the difference for this
legislation to get passed in Georgia.
This task really is simple, you can do as much or as little as works for you, and we are happy to help you in any way.  If you need help finding your legislator, getting more information so you are feeling very informed, if you have questions about the legislation or anything at all, feel free to contact us!!And lets GET THIS BILL PASSED!!!

Thanks for supporting suicide prevention and saving lives in Georgia!!
#ENDYOUTH SUICIDE       #PASSHB198

Family Support Group

  • Until further notice, the Family Support Group is being cancelled.  However, the Sharing and Caring support continues to meet.  This meeting is an open group which means it is both open to consumers as well as family members.  This group takes place the 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month.  Please feel free to call NAMI of Augusta for more information at 706.733.8838 or Ann Lewis at 706.691.1047.

NAMI Augusta in the Community.

Volunteering at the homeless stand down.

NAMI Augusta at work!

On Friday,  October 7th, 2014, NAMI Augusta participated in the Salvation Army’s Stand down for the homeless.  This is an annual event that offers a variety of resources to individuals living in our community. NAMI was there to provide information on Mental Illness.   We had a great time. NAMI was able to reach out to individuals and other community organizations to share who we are, and the services we offer.

On Tuesday, October 28th, 2014, Serenity Behavioral Health held a Health Fair that focused on HIV, Depression, and Mental Illness.  Our volunteers were there to represent NAMI Augusta and to continue building community ties   The event offered free HIV testing and counseling.   Information on Depression and Mental Illness was also provided to individuals.

Participating in these events have allowed NAMI Augusta to reach out, Educate, Support and Advocate for those living with Mental Illness.