Projects

Late Life Depression

Depression affects more than 19 million Americans every year, regardless of age, race, or gender. While depression is not a normal part of the aging process, there is a strong likelihood of it occurring when other physical health conditions are present. For example, nearly a quarter of the 600,000 people who experience a stroke in a given year will experience clinical depression.[1] Unfortunately, symptoms of depression are often overlooked and untreated when they coincide with other medical illnesses or life events that commonly occur as people age (e.g., loss of loved ones). However, clinical depression is never a “normal” response; it is a serious medical illness that should be treated at any age. NAMI DeKalb provides presentations about late life depression. For more information contact 404-604-2350.

 

Art Therapy

Art therapy integrates psychotherapeutic techniques with the creative process to improve mental health and well-being. It is based on the belief that the creative process involved in artistic self-expression helps people to resolve conflicts and problems, develop interpersonal skills, manage behavior, reduce stress, increase self-esteem and self-awareness, and achieve insight.” Art therapy can be used to treat a wide range of mental disorders and psychological distress. In many cases, it might be used in conjunction with other psychotherapy techniques such as group therapy or cognitive-behavioral therapy. NAMI DeKalb provides Art Therapy in partnership with Soul Journers Studio to its participants. For more information call 404-604-2350.

 

Lesbian, Gay, Bi Sexual, Trans Outreach

When compared to their heterosexual counterparts: LGBT youth are: •nearly twice as likely to feel so sad or hopeless that they stop doing some usual activities; •4 times as likely to attempt suicide; and •6 times as likely to have a suicide attempt resulting in injury. LGBT adults are: •twice as likely to never or seldom find meaning in life; •nearly 3 times as likely to feel sad or depressed; and •7 times as likely to consider suicide. NAMI DeKalb has partnered with the Health Initiative (an organization focused on LGBT health issues) to address Mental Health issues in the LGBT community. For more information call 404-604-2350 or info@namidekalb.com.

 

Faith Outreach

Bridges of Hope (a NAMI FaithNet Program) is to educate clergy and congregations about mental illness so that they can create stronger safety nets and welcoming communities of faith for people living with serious mental illness. For more information call 404-604-2350 or info@namidekalb.com.