Moultrie Observer

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April 24, 2012

Wilson attends NAMI training, prepares to start group here

MOULTRIE — Lynn Wilson, chairman of the Archway-Healthy Colquitt Coalition Mental Health Subcommittee, recently completed National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) BASICS Training of Trainers in Atlanta, along with other participants from across Georgia.

The BASICS course is a free six-session course for parents and other primary caregivers of children and adolescents living with mental illness. The six 2-1/2-hour sessions are taught over a six-week period, covering such topics as the biology of mental illness, impact on the individual and family, current research, treatment options, and an overview of the systems involved in caring for children and teens.

The Mental Health Subcommittee was formed in November 2011 for the purpose of improving care, services, and support for citizens in Moultrie and Colquitt County living with mental illness and for their families. The committee has developed both short and long term goals and has begun seeking funds to implement those goals.

NAMI Nights, Colquitt County will begin on Tuesday, June 5, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., at Moultrie First United Methodist Church. This will be the first of monthly educational meetings to be held the first Tuesday of every month. The June program will offer an overview of NAMI, the nation’s largest nonprofit grassroots mental health education, advocacy, and support organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness.

The Mental Health Subcommittee recently sponsored a week of Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training for local law enforcement. Moultrie’s Turning Point Hospital provided extensive support for the week in the form of meals, on site visits, and professional expertise, with Judy Payne and Ben Marion serving as coordinators. Denise Bell, Community Action Council, provided the training room. Sgt. Rob Rodriguez, Moultrie Police Department, coordinated the presenters from NAMI, Georgia Pines, and Turning Point.

Additional information on NAMI is available at For information on local efforts, contact Wilson at

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