Douglas County Proclaims National Childrens Mental Health Awareness Month

PRESS RELEASE For Immediate Release:  Tuesday, May 19, 2015

DOUGLAS COUNTY PROCLAIMS MAY AS “CHILDREN’S MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH”

           Each year millions of people face the reality of living with a mental health condition.  Douglas County and the Cobb and Douglas Community Services Board are bringing awareness to mental illness in children by highlighting this issue during the month of May.  Even though these issues are important to address year round, highlighting these issues during May helps raise awareness and focuses on children and youth living with mental illness with awareness activities and resources.

The 2015 theme is “Mental Health is Fundamental”, stressing that mental health is essential to overall health, and that mental health challenges must be treated with the same urgency and respect as physical work challenges.  By creating this emphasis, the County is hoping to bring more awareness of the needs of children, youth, and young adults with mental disorders and their families, while demonstrating how these needs can best be met through integrated care.

The Cobb and Douglas Community Services Board is a public agency created by State law to provide mental health, developmental disability and substance abuse services.

NHH signing

Left to Right: County Administrator Mark Teal; District 1 Commissioner Henry Mitchell III; Patrice Hamilton, Cobb and Douglas Community Services Board; Kathy Brown-Bragg, Child & Adolescent Coordinator, Bright Changes Program; Cheryl Francis, Child & Adolescent Therapist; Chairman Tom Worthan; District 4 Commissioner Ann Jones Guider; District 2 Commissioner Kelly G. Robinson

The Board of Commissioners made the proclamation during its May 5th Commission meeting.