I would like to give a special thanks to Babs Hall, co-chair of the Southwest Georgia Suicide Prevention Coalition and member of the Board of Directors of NAMI Georgia and Jere Brands, president of NAMI Albany, local affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, for writing the attached articles on Mental Illness and to The Albany Herald for printing this 5 part series for Mental Health Awareness.
The articles are wonderfully written and should be shared with others to help educate our community and reduce the stigma associated with Mental Illness. I am also attaching 2 flyers for upcoming trainings being offered by NAMI Albany.
JERE BRANDS: Mental illness: You are not alone
Mental Illness Awareness Series, Part 1
JERE BRANDS: Support organizations available for those with mental illness and their families
Mental Illness Awareness Series, Part 3 (The Albany Herald incorrectly numbered the article. There are only 5 articles.)
BABS J. HALL: A mental health crisis has no schedule
Mental Illness Awareness Series, Part 4
JERE BRANDS: Can you afford mental health treatment?
Mental Illness Awareness Series, Part 5
JERE BRANDS: Faith communities can be bridges of hope
Mental Illness Awareness Series, Part 6
Joyce W. Johnson, MSW
The dates are January 12, 19 and 26. Each class will be from 5:30-7:30. Childcare and refreshments will be served. The classes are free and will be held at the Lanier County Annex building. These classes will focus on parenting children ages 5-11. We will be planning additional classes in the future for older children. If you have any questions, please contact Amy Lollis at 229-563-3606. These classes are open to military and non-military families as well as residents of Lanier or other surrounding counties.
Both Lawanna Barron, with MAFB and Cheryl Powell with Lanier Schools are volunteering to teach these classes on their own time. Please honor them by advertising these classes and strongly encouraging parents to attend. Common Sense Parenting is a nationally recognized parenting class that offers a lot of good information. Please let Amy Lollis know who plans to attend by Friday January 8th as this will help in our planning for the childcare and food. Please share this opportunity with others who may be interested. The flyer can be downloaded at: http://www.socialservicesdatabase.com/parenting.html
First Confirmed Case of Measles in Georgia
Posted: February 09, 2015 by Courtney Sheeley
Category: District News Release
Related: measles, Atlanta, Georgia, first case
Atlanta – The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is confirming the state’s first reported case of measles since 2012. The infected infant arrived in Atlanta from outside of the U.S. and is being cared for at Egleston at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA). DPH is working with CHOA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to identify anyone who may have been exposed to the patient and to prevent further spread of measles.
Measles is a highly contagious, serious respiratory disease. It is particularly dangerous for infants who cannot be immunized until they are at least six months old and young children who have only received one dose of measles vaccine.
Measles spreads when an infected person breathes, coughs, or sneezes and respiratory droplets travel through the air. Measles virus can live in the air and on surfaces for two to three hours. Almost everyone who has not been vaccinated will get measles if they are exposed to the virus.
Symptoms of measles include:
Fever (can be very high)
Cough, runny nose and red eyes
Tiny white spots on the inner lining of the cheek – also called Koplik’s spots
Rash of tiny, red spots that start at the head and spreads to the rest of the body (spots may become joined together as they spread)
Measles generally can be prevented through vaccination. The measles vaccine (MMR) is highly effective, in most cases about 97 percent effective.
“Keeping immunization levels high is critical to preventing outbreaks or sustained transmission in Georgia,” said Brenda Fitzgerald, M.D., commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Health. “More than 98 percent of children heading into kindergarten in our state have received all school required vaccines, which includes two doses of measles vaccine.”
Doctors recommend 2 doses of MMR vaccine for best protection. The first dose is given to children 12-15 months old, the second dose between 4-6 years. Students at colleges and universities who do not have evidence of immunity against measles need two doses of MMR vaccine, separated by at least 28 days. Adults who do not have evidence of immunity against measles should get at least one dose of MMR vaccine, especially if they are considering travel outside of the U.S. or were born in the early 1960’s when a less effective vaccine was used. A simple blood test can determine if a person has measles immunity.
Measles was declared eliminated in the United States in 2000, because of high population immunity achieved by very effective measles vaccine coverage. But measles still exists in many parts of the world, and outbreaks can occur in the U.S. when unvaccinated individuals or groups are exposed to imported measles virus. Since 2002, there have been 11 reported cases of measles in Georgia – including this current one – all were imported cases or linked to an imported case.
DPH also continues to closely monitor the large, multi-state measles outbreak linked to Disneyland Resort Theme Parks in California. Since January 1, 2015, more than 100 people from at least 14 states were reported to have measles, the majority of them with ties to the Disneyland outbreak. Most of the case-patients were unvaccinated or had unknown vaccination status. This current Georgia case is unrelated to that outbreak.
“We don’t need to be alarmists. We need to be aware,” said Patrick O’Neal, M.D., director of Health Protection at the Georgia Department of Public Health. “What happened in Disneyland is an alert that we live in a world now in which international travel is very common and frequent, and diseases are only hours away.”
For more information about measles and measles vaccine visit www.dph.ga.gov.
English as a Second Language
Tutoring Children & Youth (TCY)
First Baptist Church, Valdosta
200 W Central Ave,
Valdosta, GA 31601
Tuesdasy 7PM - 8:30PM
In the Adult Education Building
in a first floor classroom.
Call the church office at:
(229) 242-0484 for details
Military Families Learning Network (MFLN) Family Development is a resource that aims to provide professionals with online resources supporting work with military families. See Professional Education & CEU
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Training in Valdosta See Professional Education & CEU
Caregiver & Teen Support Groups for Abuse See Support Groups/ Abuse on the Consumer site
Newborns Die After Being Sent Home with Drug-Dependent Mothers see Providers: Alpha by Category
Parent University Planning Committee! - Early County see Consumer Family/ Parenting
Free Training Opportunities Presented by the National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare Online Training for Substance Abuse Treatment Professionals
This year Georgia DFCS and Clark's Christmas Kids needs to provide gifts for 6,800 foster children. With just 15 days until Christmas, we still need to purchase gifts for more than 4,000 children.
I am asking that each of you forward this email to your networks, friends, coworkers and family members to help our foster children have a little happier holiday by donating to the Georgia DFCS Secret Santa Program. You can do this by visiting the link below and donating via PayPal. Any amount helps!
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