Updated: May 2
This report from the US Senate Finance Committee presents a compelling argument for national action towards supporting mental health. But in the midst of recognition for greater access, there are also a number of significant barriers to receiving proper mental healthcare. Many, including healthcare workers - who arguably need mental health support most, remain under the oppressive hand of stigma. There is also a huge need for greater data to create evidence-based solutions for supporting children's wellbeing. In response, our partners over at Marcus Autism Center are working with other organizations to identify upstream factors that promote healthy development from a young age. A lack of education about PACEs can also be a factor inhibiting proper care. In recognition of this potential barrier, PACEs connection has created an awesome presentation to be used by anyone teaching the science behind PACES and trauma-informed care.
In addition, we are excited to continue to highlight the progress towards a more Resilient Georgia. This article covers the growth of trauma-informed care into non-traditional spaces, a movement that is helping trauma-informed care reach a larger population than ever before. The Foundation for Social Connection’s Connect Conversations explores the work that can be done to combat loneliness in schools, workplaces, and health settings, and beyond, while a new series from Georgia Public Radio called “Hope Givers” is uplifting kids and educators towards resilience through storytelling and educational entertainment. Their upcoming work is informed by surveyed feedback about the mental health needs of schools across Georgia. Finally, starting this July, Georgians will be able to dial 988 to reach a trained Suicide Prevention Lifeline counselor. We couldn’t be more proud of all the incredible and diverse ways professionals are stepping up to address behavioral health concerns across the nation.