#MINDGAgaps is a suicide prevention fundraising campaign to increase mental health education in Georgia
Mental Health America of Georgia (MHAG) is devoted to promoting mental health recovery, resiliency, and wellness. We work to improve the lives of people with mental illness, change the systems that serves them and promote mental well-being for a healthier Georgia. This is achieved through the delivery of training programs for first responders, faith leaders, school administrators, veterans, etc. that supports positive mental health, de-escalating crisis and accessing behavioral health resources.
During this health crisis, people are struggling emotionally due to high stress levels, unemployment, isolation, grief and loss. Prolonged stress can lead to a mental crisis such as self-harm, substance abuse or suicide. Barriers to mental health care existed before the pandemic, but those challenges are exacerbated as more Georgians report symptoms of depression and anxiety. Many people are not well informed about how to recognize mental health problems, how to provide support and what are the best treatments and services available. Currently, Georgia is not prepared for mental health fallout expected as a result of the pandemic, social unrest and economic downfall. Georgia ranks 50th out 51 states and districts for access to mental health care including access to treatment, quality and cost of insurance, access to special education and workforce availability. How will this campaign solve the problem?The gaps in access to care cannot be solved overnight but MHAG is committed to building the capacity to increase mental health education throughout the state. MHAG programs are designed to improve mental health literacy, reduce mental health stigma and increase access to behavioral health services & supports.