A group in Georgia is working to equip people and organizations to combat what are known as Adverse Childhood Experiences, the traumatic events in a child’s life that can affect them into adulthood.
Georgians living in rural communities continue to call into the national suicide prevention hotline at higher rates than other parts of the state as the one-year anniversary of the rollout of 988 approaches.
A proposal billed as the next step toward improving access to behavioral health services in Georgia easily cleared the state House Thursday.
When last year’s behavioral health parity bill was signed into law, Janet Norris was sitting in a Bartow County jail cell. A lot has changed for her since then. After struggling with addiction for 27 years, the Cartersville resident found recovery through mental health court.
The mid-July launch of a new three-digit national suicide prevention phone line has driven an increase in call volume in Georgia, with a disproportionate number of callers dialing in from rural counties.
The phone lines at Georgia’s crisis call center lit up for days after comedian Robin Williams took his own life in 2014. And the call volume spiked again when celebrity chef and popular TV show host Anthony Bourdain committed suicide in 2018.
The Georgia Department of Education’s Teacher Burnout Task Force released a recent report describing classroom workforces as troubled by testing, time demands and unrealistic expectations.