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Mental health month under way

Albany Mayor Dorothy Hubbard on May 6, 2013, signs a proclamation recognizing Mental Health Month in Albany.

Albany Mayor Dorothy Hubbard on May 6, 2013, signs a proclamation recognizing Mental Health Month in Albany.

ALBANY, Ga. -- Volunteers, professionals, and interested citizens gathered Monday to witness Mayor Dorothy Hubbard's signing of a proclamation for Mental Health Month.

Mayor Hubbard stated that she strongly supports local efforts to make the public more aware of mental health issues.

Representatives from SOWEGA Council on Aging, the YMCA, and others committed to mental health joined National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI) Albany, Phoebe Behavioral Health and the Albany Area Community Service Board in supporting the proclamation.

Jere Brands, president of the local affiliate of NAMI, said, "Many who are affected by mental illness aren't aware that help is just a phone call away."

Anyone can call the Georgia Crisis and Access Line to access local care or to find help in a crisis. Professional counselors and social workers staff this line 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

The number for the crisis line is (800) 715-4225.

Comments

RedEric 11 months, 2 weeks ago

Jere Brands said "many who are affected by mental illness are not aware that help is just a phone call away". Are you serious? A person with mental illness is not himself aware he or she HAS a mental illness. Mr. Mosely had better take a look at NAMI after he gets done hauling trash at DCSS.

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