Mind Matters: Who Does Mental Illness Affect Discussed Dec. 8, 2014
(August 25, 2014) Parents who want to know if behaviors their children display are signs of mental illness; family members who don't know how to help former inmates with emotional problems; military veterans struggling with PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and explanations of how the mentally ill impact the crisis of homelessness in the Atlanta area are among the major topics reviewed at the 3rd Annual FDHA Health Summit.
The Fulton-DeKalb Hospital Authority hosts the day long event at the Marriott Marquis on December 8, 2014. It will feature presenters who are ranked as some of the most respected experts in their fields. Sessions begin at 9:00 a.m. and end at 2:30 p.m. At 3:00 p.m. a live forum, that will be broadcast, allows members of the public to directly question some of the presenters. Internationally known health professionals such as Dr. David Satcher, 16th Surgeon General of the United States and the 18th Surgeon General Dr. Regina Benjamin are participants. The State Commissioner of Behavioral Health and Disabilities, Frank Berry will open the summit with remarks presented at breakfast.
"Mental disease takes a huge toll in many arenas because of its stigma, a lack of understanding and the lack of information far too many people have about the resources available to help treat it," FDHA CEO Lisa Flagg, Esq. says. "This summit will open the doors of understanding professionals and lay people about known options for mental health care."
Each session in the summit is designed to provide information for two audiences. Professionals will have a chance to learn about cutting edge solutions to a mental illness epidemic that costs $250 billion a year. Georgia residents will find out about local resources that can help people who are living with mental disease.
Information about the Summit and all FDHA activities are also available on Twitter @theFDHA