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Fulton County Commissioners want every citizens to experience good physical and mental health. Health experts often report that good behavioral health can play a role in the quality of our physical health.  During their Wednesday, May 1, 2019 meeting, Commissioners declared May as Mental Health Awareness Month and their support of events recognizing the value of good mental health as a part of one of the County’s strategic priorities, “All People are Healthy.”

Fulton County’s observance of Mental Health Awareness month will include forums sponsored by the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities and the Department of Senior Services. During each of the presentations, Opioid Coordinator Lynnette Allen will urge citizens to “Stop Letting Events of the Past Impact Your Future.”   They include

Friday, May 3, 2019; 11:00 a.m.

H.J.C. Bowden Senior Multipurpose Facility
2885 Church Street
East Point GA 30334

May 14, 2019; 11:00 a.m.

Harriett G. Darnell Senior Multipurpose Facility
677 Fairburn road NW
Atlanta, GA 30331

May 16, 2019; 10:00 a.m.

Dorothy C. Benson Senior Multipurpose Facility
6500 Vernon Woods Drive, NE
Sandy Springs, GA 30328

A fourth presentation will be held at the Fulton County Government Center on May 8, 2019 at noon for Fulton County employees and the public. Behavioral Health Clinician Sylvia Franklin will lead a discussion on “Finding Your Purpose and Inner Happiness.”   The Government Center is located at 141 Pryor Street, Atlanta, GA 30303.   Participants are urged to bring their lunches and learn how to enjoy life while finding the work/life balance.

One resident who has benefited from Fulton County’s Behavioral Health Services, Jacqueline A, knows firsthand about the value of behavioral health services.   She suffered with depression and anxiety.   Jacqueline A’s freedom from the condition that often led to her failure to report to work and even to come out of the house came when a faithful and loving friend identified services provided by Fulton County Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities through River Edge Behavioral Health.

Jacqueline A says when she realized her triggers and learned coping strategies through group discussions, her outlook changed, and she recognized that she was not the only one struggling with behavioral health challenges. She added that she also realized that depression was likely a family struggle as she noted that other family members suffered some of the same symptoms that she experienced before her best friend insisted that she seek help.

For those who may be resisting discussing their challenges within a group, Jacqueline A pointedly emphasizes that the group meetings actually helped her to realize that her peers were also experiencing challenges although they may have differed from hers.

For those who may be witnessing depression, anxiety or other conditions in family members or friends, or personally experiencing symptoms that may be related to mental health, help is available through River Edge (adults) and CHRIS 180 (youth and young adults). For more information or appropriate referrals for help, contact Fulton County Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities at 404-613-1650alt. The events surrounding Mental Health Awareness Month can be shared on social media via the hashtag #4MIND4BODY.

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