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Rosalynn Carter Georgia Mental Health Forum

May 18-19, 2022

The 2022 forum addresses youth mental health, the pandemic’s impact on mental health, the progress and challenges of mental health parity in Georgia, and how state changes will impact caregivers. Download/print agenda »

Day 1 focuses on school-based mental health and the importance of including the youth voice in a comprehensive approach to improve mental health for youth, adolescents, and families. Confirmed speakers include Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Ms. Carole Johnson, Administrator for the Health Resources and Services Administration. Additional speakers include SAMHSA Region 4 Administrator CAPT Michael King, and Silence the Shame founder Shanti Das. Carter Center Board Chair Jason Carter, CEO Paige Alexander, and Health Program Vice President Dr. Kashef Ijaz also speak.

+View Day 1 (May 18) | Resources and Links

Panel One: Children’s Mental Health: Before and During the Pandemic

Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR)
Mental Health Surveillance Among Children — United States, 2013–2019

The Carter Center Mental Health Program School Based Behavioral Health Resources

Georgia Appleseed Center for Law and Justice School Climate Resources
Georgia Appleseed Resources for Positive School Climate

Panel Two: Framing Mental Health: The Youth Voice

U.S. Surgeon General’s Advisory
Youth Mental Health — Current Priorities of the U.S. Surgeon General

Silence the Shame
Educating Communities on Mental Health & Wellness

Voices for Georgia’s Children
Free your Feels (mental health awareness campaign encouraging Georgia's young people to explore their real feelings)

On Day 2, the first panel focuses on the historic Georgia Mental Health parity law and what’s needed to keep advocates engaged in advancing mental health care access and parity implementation in Georgia. The second panel addresses how caregivers are affected by recent policy changes in Georgia.

+View Day 2 (May 19) | Resources and Links

Panel Three: Continuing the Year of Mental Health

The Carter Center Blog About the Mental Health Parity Act
With New Law, 2022 Is the Year for Mental Health in Georgia

The Carter Center Mental Health Program’s Georgia Parity Collaborative
Monitoring Implementation of the Mental Health Parity Act (PDF)

NAMI Georgia Advocacy Updates on the Behavioral Helath Reform and Innovation Commission
Advocacy Updates - NAMI Georgia

Panel Four: Caregivers and Mental Health

University of Georgia
Community Guide to Confronting Loss and Fostering Resilience (PDF)

The Science of Bereavement Moving Forward in 2022 - Toni P. Miles, M.D., Ph.D., FAPHA, FGSA (PDF)

Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregivers – Advocacy Resources

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The Rosalynn Carter Georgia Mental Health Forum, established in 1995, is held each May to address timely mental health policy issues facing the state. Service providers, policymakers, advocates, and consumers from across Georgia are invited to participate in open discussions on diverse topics. 

This free virtual event explores pressing mental health issues relevant to Georgia and the country.

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The Carter Center is a partner in the Mental Health Day of Action on May 19. The second Mental Health Action Day has more than 1,400 companies, brands, nonprofits and cultural leaders globally. The theme of ‘Connection’ encourages calls to action to address the surge of loneliness and isolation felt by millions as a result of the pandemic.

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