Tuesday, August 20, 2019 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM (EDT)                                   VSU – University Center, Magnolia Room    1203 North Patterson Street, Valdosta     For information, contact Scarlet Brown at

Valdosta City Schools, in partnership with Valdosta State University’s College of Education and Human Services, invites you to attend a community meeting to explore academic and non-academic barriers affecting students and families. Your participation will assist in our efforts to identify the needs and resources available in our district and community. Through collaboration with community partners, we believe we can enhance and expand the systems of support and wraparound services available and accessible to all students and families in our community. Ultimately, our goal is to provide proactive social, emotional, and academic supports to all students and families by aligning needs with services and interventions to ensure positive outcomes for our community.                 Lunch will be provided.

REGISTRATION – 7:00 AM – 7:50 AM- 5K RUN/WALK BEGINS – 8:00 AM                    The 1 mile (for 12 & Under) starts 5 minutes after last finisher of the 5K.


For the Awareness & Prevention of Youth Suicide

Hosted by Greenleaf Center, LLC in support of The Jason Foundation
“Keeping more than dreams alive”
The Jason Foundation, Inc. (JFI) is an educational organization dedicated to the awareness and prevention of youth suicide. JFI provides tools and resources for students, parents and teachers/youth workers to help them identify and assist at-risk youth. This is accomplished through a series of programs including the B1 Project. The purpose of the Project is to educate youth, students, youth workers, and parents on recognizing the warning signs of youth suicide and how to help a friend, family member, or loved one. B1 is designed to be quick, informative, and target the most important aspects of youth suicide prevention. Think about it . . . the 2nd most likely thing to take a young person is suicide. Yet, no one ever talks about it until a tragedy occurs. That’s why the Jason Foundation and Rascal Flatts call youth suicide “The Silent Epidemic”.

Age Groups – 12 & Under, 13 to 19, 20 to 29, 30 to 39, 40 to 49, 50 to 59, 60 to 69, 70 & Over

The Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities is excited to launch the official registration for the 2019 Georgia Suicide Prevention Conference, September 23-25, 2019 in Pine Mountain, GA. The conference theme is Connect, Communicate, Care. We wanted to extend a special invitation for you to register as this event is anticipated to reach capacity before the registration deadline. You can expect dynamic plenary sessions from national and international experts, more than 20 engaging workshop sessions, a campus town hall discussion on preventing suicide among college students, and lots, lots more!

You may register at:

The goal of the 2019 Georgia Suicide Prevention Conference is to provide a forum for supportive learning to those who share an interest in suicide prevention, intervention and postvention.

 The primary objectives for the 2019 Georgia Suicide Prevention Conference are for participants to be able to:

  1. Identify ways to advance suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention in Georgia in collaboration and coordination with other stakeholders.
  2. Identify and develop strategies to implement interventions and address gaps in suicide prevention, in a variety of settings, including schools, colleges and universities, and jurisdictions with high burden of deaths by suicide.
  3. Learn how to apply suicide prevention best practices to manage suicide ideation and suicide behaviors.

Alliant Quality, in partnership with Mercy Care, will be hosting a  FREE Mental Health First Aid training class on August 15, 2019  at  5134 Peachtree Road Chamblee, GA. There are  6 spaces available. If you are interested in attending, please email  to reserve your spot.   This course will be held from 8:30am-5:00pm with an hour break for lunch. ( Lunch will not be provided)

Mental Health First Aid is a public education program that introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health issues, builds understanding of their impact, and provides an overview of appropriate supports. This 8-hour course uses role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to offer initial help in a mental health crisis and connect people to the appropriate professional, peer, social and self-help care. The program also covers common risk factors and warning signs of specific illnesses like anxiety, depression, substance use, bipolar disorder, eating disorders and schizophrenia.

Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Training in Albany  –  2 upcoming dates

Dates: Tuesday, July 30, from 2 to 4 OR  Tuesday, September 10, from 9 to 11

Training: QPR: Question-Persuade-Refer

Location: Albany ARC, 2200 Stuart Avenue, Albany

Trainer: Debbie Richardson

Sponsors: NAMI Albany and Albany Advocacy Resource Center (ARC)

Pre-registration required.  Contact NAMI Albany at

This training is for anyone who would like to be prepared to recognize a crisis and the warning signs that someone may be contemplating suicide. With rising rates of suicide in our communities, this is important for all of us. As a QPR-trained Gatekeeper you will learn to:

  • Recognize the warning signs of suicide
  • Know how to offer hope
  • Know how to get help and save a life

We are able to offer this training at no cost to participants.  We do ask that you attend if registered, as class size is limited to 25. For more information about QPR: 

Remember, to register, email

National Alliance on Mental Illness     Albany, GA Affiliate     229-329-1444



Free summer meals for school students (under 18)

Please call 229-469-6929 first to find out if a site is open as not all are available for public /walk-in.

Text FOOD to 877877 to find FREE summer meals near you!

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