By: Douglas County

DOUGLASVILLE GA–(October 9, 2018) The Douglas County Board of Commissioners proclaimed October as Douglas County Behavioral Health Month on October 2, 2018. The month will include a series of events designed to build awareness and to “Break the Silence” that accompanies the increasingly important subjects of mental health and substance abuse.

“I’m excited that we are embracing behavioral health wellness in Douglas County and optimistic about the future outcomes surrounding this very important issue,” stated Chairman Dr. Romona Jackson Jones.  “There is growing need to spotlight mental health and substance abuse disorders and to work to reduce the stigma around these issues,” noted Chairman Jackson Jones.

The month long series will include “Breaking the Silence” community panels, school awareness programs, senior center presentations, and employee wellness efforts. Partners include Kaiser Permanente, Douglas County School System, Georgia Council on Substance Abuse, Ridgeview Institute, state judicial and legislative members, psychology professionals, and many more.  “This is our second year doing the behavioral health initiative and our focus will remain on providing the community with the best information available to create a serious conversation about behavioral health in Douglas County and to provide resources for those suffering with behavioral health issues,” stated Tiffany Stewart Stanley, Director of External Affairs.

Behavioral Health Month will unite local schools, local businesses, community organizations, treatment facilities, and stakeholders to fulfill the mission of the Douglas County Board of Commissioners.  Throughout the month, “Breaking the Silence” will be present in schools, workplaces, and community events across Douglas County. Speakers will include Dr. Marcus Griffith of Kaiser Permanente, Dr. Felicia Berry-Mitchell of Props for PTSD, Superior Court Judge Beau McClain, Mayor Rochelle Robinson, Superior Court Judge Cynthia Adams, State Court Judge Brian Fortner, State Senator Donzella James, State Representative Kimberly Alexander, School Board Chair Tracy Rookard and long list of industry professionals.

The series will include events such as a Community Forum on October 23rd at the Douglasville Conference Center at 6:30 p.m. and a Suicide Prevention Awareness Panel Discussion for Middle School and High School Students at the Douglas County Courthouse on October 25th at 6:30 pm in Citizen’s Hall. For more information, contact Tiffany Stewart-Stanley, Douglas County Director of External Affairs at 770-920-7436 or email tstewartstanley@co.douglas.ga.us.