FYI. . . We want everyone to be aware of some trainings happening statewide. The June 9th QPR training is in Region 4 (at Southwestern State Campus).  Please note the registration links for these trainings are live and that spaces will fill quickly. Please also note there are suicide prevention and train-the-trainer courses available which have a pre-requisite to be approved (see the registration site link for details). Training confirmation are on a first come, first approved basis and free of charge. We are once again excited that we have the opportunity to expand mental health awareness trainings in Georgia. Please share within your networks. Thank you.

Through this project, Georgia DBHDD will be offering a total of 26 evidence-based suicide prevention and mental health trainings for gatekeepers and professional helpers across every region of Georgia in 2020. In 2020, we will continue to offer the following classes:

  • AMSR (Assessing and Managing Suicide Risk)
  • Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)
  • Mental Health First Aid (MHFA)
  • Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA)

In addition, we have added the following NEW classes to our course offerings:

  • QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer)
  • AMSR New Leader Training
  • MHFA Train the Trainer
  • QPR Trainer Certification

To learn more or to register now, visit

Benchmark and Region 4 DBHDD Community Collaborative–January 30, 2020

Topic: Understanding Trauma and Effective Trauma Treatments                Presenter: Laura Mullis

Our Valdosta area quarterly Community Collaborative meeting will be held on Thursday, January 30, 2020  from 11am-1pm at the James H. Rainwater Conference Center in Valdosta, GA, and you are cordially invited! The meeting will be a working lunch and lunch will be provided. Please arrive 10-20 minutes early in order to sign in.

TO REGISTER, Click the link here:

The City of Valdosta will be hosting a public forum for Community Development Block Grant funding on January 15 @ 2 p.m. If you are able to attend please email Anetra Riley and let her know that you plan to attend.

In May 2020, the City of Valdosta will be completing its FY2020-2024 Consolidated Plan for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, for which the City has been an entitlement community since 2004. Every five years, the City must complete this plan to outline the needs and priorities for their upcoming yearly entitlement allotments geared toward the low-moderate income populations residing within the Designated Revitalization Area (DRA).

For the last five years, our Mayor and City Council have dedicated a large portion of our yearly allotments to assisting the City in the goal of eliminating substandard housing by the year 2020. Although we have made great strides in the past toward this goal, we have found that housing is only one area we must tackle to revitalize Valdosta. Community building and economic development must also be addressed to aid in creating an accurate revitalization plan.

Thus, we would like to invite you to our Consolidated Plan Public Forum on Wednesday, January 15, at 2 pm in the City Hall Annex Multi-Purpose Room, located at 300 North Lee Street. JQUAD Planning Group have been contracted to complete our plan, and would appreciate your opinions and expertise to gain a true picture of what revitalization in Valdosta would really look like moving forward. Please RSVP via email to this invitation. Light refreshments will be provided

Use this vaping toolkit provided by Hearts for Families to address adolescent vaping issues.


WHO TO CALL? –this website is the access point for ALL things related to DFCS services, which ranges from infant care to burial assistance and everything in between.Whether its a question about your Food Stamps application or you need to resolve an issue with a child support order you have many ways to get in touch with us. There are three ways to get help, you can choose your preferred form of communication below. START HERE:

Did you know that if you text “Home” to 741741 when you are feeling depressed, sad, or going through any kind of emotional crisis, a crisis worker will text you back immediately and continue to text with you? Many people, especially younger ones, prefer text to talking on the phone. It’s a free service to anyone– teens, adults, etc.– who lives in the US. Depression is real, you are not alone.
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Living Bridges Ministry has a new address:
111 E Adair St, Valdosta, GA 31601
(229) 234-7427

They are a relatively new non-profit.  They have clothing and furniture.



September is National Food Safety Education Month, a great time to highlight knowledge from the food safety community and explore ways to promote safe food handling and prevent foodborn illnesses. While it’s important to practice safe food handling habits all year, this observance provides an opportunity to spend time reviewing, and emphasizing with your participants, the importance of food safety principles, such as:

You can also stay up-to-date on food recalls and foodborn disease outbreaks with information maintained and updated by the CDC.

For those with a digital presence (websites, apps, and social media), you can further promote National Food Safety Education Month, and safe food handling throughout the year, with these digital tools:

Free presentations, webinars and videos, several offering CEU credits, are available from the Partnership for Food Safety and Education.  In addition, visit the CDC’s Food Safety Videos page to watch short, engaging videos, some available in Spanish, on topics such as Who is more at risk for food poisoning? and Maribel’s Story: How eating Queso Fresco harmed her unborn baby.

On the WIC Breastfeeding Support site, moms can find articles on how to sterilize and warm baby bottles safely and storing and thawing breast milk.

FCC moves forward with ‘988’ line for suicide prevention

(NY Post)  The Federal Communications Commission announced Thursday that it is green-lighting a three-digit emergency number for suicide prevention.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s said he is following a staff recommendation for establishing a 911-style code, suggesting 988, to reach the network of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255 (TALK).

The Lifeline program, funded through the US Health and Human Services Department, consists of a network of 163 crisis centers routing calls from anywhere in the US to the closest certified center. In 2018, trained counselors answered more than 2.2 million calls and 100,000-plus online chats. The 988 proposal seals one of the final legislative goals of long-serving lawmaker Sen. Orrin Hatch.

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Meeting Minutes 05-22-2019 homeless Task Force

If you need CPR?First Aid Training, classes are offered at the South Georgia Red Cross Operations Office located at 509 N Patterson St. on the first Thursday  and third Saturday of every month.  Reach out to Dineen for more information or go to