1 in 5 adults in the U.S. experiences mental illness in a given year and 1 in 5 youth aged 13 –18 experiences a severe mental disorder at some point during their life. 1 in 6 children aged 3 - 17 have one or more developmental disabilities. Your support can make a difference!
Help support DeKalb Community Service Board. Stop the Stigma! Get Involved! Give Today!
The Brighter DeKalb Foundation is a non-profit organization in metro Atlanta, Georgia, established to support behavioral health and developmental disability services provided by the DeKalb Community Service Board (CSB).
Each year the DeKalb CSB provides nearly 12,000 uninsured and insured adults and children with a full range of mental health, developmental disability and substance use services.
Ten Reasons to Donate to the Brighter DeKalb Foundation:
1. Adults in the living with severe mental illness die 25 years earlier than average.
This is mainly because of preventable physical illnesses. DeKalb CSB’s Integrated Health Program helps to improve the health and quality of life of patients through integrated care which takes care of individuals’ mental health care and primary care at one location.
2. You’re helping students increase their self-esteem and improve their grades.
DeKalb CSB operates a school based program that provides in school assistance to children and adolescents suffering from both mental illness and substance use.
3. It takes the average veteran 15 years to seek help.
The DeKalb CSB Fox program provides support to veterans with mental health conditions and addictive disease. The program includes psychiatric treatment, residential services and therapy.
4. Life is tough for individuals with mental illness – but it’s also tough for their children.
When a family is presented with mental illness, they may feel like they’ve entered an alien world. Unfortunately, mental health conditions have an air of secrecy about them leaving both individuals and family members with little knowledge of where to go or who to turn to. Through family therapy, DeKalb CSB takes a holistic approach to treatment involving the entire family or several family members. In addition to providing effective communication strategies, family members can learn how to best support a family member diagnosed with mental illness.
5. You’re funding innovative evidenced based programs such as the Prevention and Early Intervention Program (PEIP).
The PEIP program aims to assess, engage, support and treat individuals ages 9-25 that are at ultra-high risk for developing a psychotic disorder in their first episode of psychosis.
6. You’re funding a much loved arts community.
DeKalb CSB’s Crossroads program provides recovery focused peer services to develop an individual’s strengths and abilities even if symptoms of illness persist. The program has become a place where individuals can be open about their mental health. Through the Creative Expression group, clients develop artwork and jewelry that they can later sell during advocacy events throughout the year.
7. You’ve helped us to raise awareness.
DeKalb CSB is committed to raising awareness of mental illness and developmental disabilities. We encourage our community to speak out about their own experiences, share their point of view with others and take action. By lending your support you can show that this cause is important to you and desperately needed for millions of Americans.
8. Your donations help individuals with developmental disabilities reach independence, stability, and integration into the community.
DeKalb CSB’s DeKalb Services Center has served local citizens with disabilities since 1978. The center supports adults with severe and profound developmental disabilities in a day program setting that empowers individuals to function more independently in their home and community. Approximately 34% of the individuals served require a wheel chair for mobility.
9. You’re providing household items to individuals in our developmental disability and mental health residential communities.
DeKalb CSB’s Residential Services program provides residents with an apartment and wrap-around services designed to help each person live a healthy, full and self-determined life. Both the Mental Health Residential and Developmental Disability Residential programs provide housing options for individuals who are homeless or have lower income and would benefit from support in a residential setting.
10. You desire a healthy community for you and your loved ones.
Mental health issues in our communities, particularly for our youth, are complex and challenging; but, by coming together and increasing our understanding and raising awareness, we can make a difference! By supporting and talking about mental health you help to break down misconceptions and promote recovery and healthy communities.
Join us by supporting these services to bring hope and a brighter future to youth and adults in our community. Together, we can create a community in which disabilities no longer limit potential! We have volunteer and fundraising opportunities - contact us for more information at 404-508-7875.
View our website at www.brighterdekalbfoundation.org