The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) works to change the way the world sees mental health conditions. NAMI Georgia and NAMI Cobb work tirelessly to enhance Georgia’s mental health system, which has continually ranked 47th among all states in access to mental health care.
Were you aware that 26% of Cobb County residents report dealing with some sort of mental health condition? Mental Illness ranges from mild depression to a severe diagnosis such as schizophrenia. Look out into your neighborhood, beyond the lawns and parked cars, there are four people living within sight and statistically one of them privately deals with some sort of mental health issue.
Cobb County is home to 49 public and private high schools. 28 percent of Georgia high school students said they have experienced the feeling of hopelessness and sadness during a one year period. 14.3 percent said they had seriously considered suicide in the past year and 9 percent attempted suicide. Among these Georgia youths, there are about 100 to 200 attempts for every completed suicide.
NAMI Cobb provides free classes and resources to first responders, teachers, counselors, students and families all across Cobb County and surrounding areas. Their goal is to help the community recognize signs and know how to best approach challenging situations when mental health is part of the equation.
NAMI is actively raising funds across the state so they can continue providing:
·free informational/training classes and materials,
·mental health advocacy at county and state legislative levels,
·facilitation of weekly support groups
·24/7 local Helpline Resource
We are a 100% volunteer organization. 100% of every dollar donated goes directly into class and material costs. You can help now by giving to our campaign! Your gift is instantly put to work helping families in our community, whose lives are being transformed by our programs.