Camp Amped Summer 2017 Registration Open

Camp Amped Summer Session 2017 is Ready for Sign Up

We are excited for another summer session of campers! Learn from the best local musicians and practice teamwork, improve showmanship, and build self-confidence in our safe setting. Registration deadline is Friday, April 21st.  More information about the audition/interview process will be sent out after registration has been received.

Session 1:

June 5 – 17

Monday-Friday 9-5pm

Grand Finale on Saturday, June 17th

Session 2:

July 10 – 22

Monday – Friday 9-5pm,

Grand Finale on Saturday, July 22nd

Register Here  – Registration CLOSED

Scholarships are Available

Click Here for more Information About the Program

Alternatively, email Debbie or call 706.227.1515

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First Call of the Morning…Genetic Testing

 

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The first call of the morning was…Genetic Testing.

He had always been hesitant about taking medication for his condition due to the (commonly held) fear of not being able to find the right drug or combination of drugs.  Recently he heard about Genetic Testing and wondered if we had any information on it.

I sent him an email with all the information he needed and the Genetic Test is incorporated into his moving forward therapy plan.

For some people finding the right drug or combination of drugs can take a lot of time and trial and error often accompanied by unwanted side effects adding to the problems the brain illness has already wrought. This is where the test comes into its own.  So many of the drugs suitable for a specific condition can be ruled out, leaving fewer to try, cutting out months,  even years of trial and error.

Resources

A simple quick and painless DNA cheek swab test is available right here in Athens via Athens Behavioral   (706) 316–1908 .You don’t need a prescription or an appointment. You can walk in any Friday and if you have insurance the test will cost $20.00.

Without insurance however  (not mentioned on their web page) the cost is a whopping $4000.00.  DNA tests are of course readily available elsewhere between $250 and $500

Highlighting a regular start to the day at Nuçi’s Space  ‘The First Call’ is literally the first call put through to our counseling advocate that day. 

The Musician’s Oasis

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Nuçi’s Space Youth Outreach

For one week I was lucky enough to be Debbie Watson’s intern at Nuçi’s Space. I helped her organize Camp Amped information, and worked with her in recording donations. My favorite part of it all was watching her and her colleagues speak to various people about how the organization got started, and what keeps it going. You can see that it is well supported; there is a wall covered in records displaying their primary donor’s names.

Nuçi’s Space is a non-profit organization, so donations are a main part of the money that comes in. They also have a summer camp for middle and high school students. This is a great way for young people to get involved with music and bands.

Nuçi’s Space gives off a happy vibe to anyone who comes in; I see that every day. Perhaps you need to talk to someone about what’s on your mind, or you’re just in for a good cup of coffee. Maybe you want to reserve a practice room for you and your band mates, or have a meeting about an issue you have within the group. Nuçi’s Space provides versatile services for anyone and everyone.

My experience at Nuçi’s Space was fantastic. I would recommend to any aspiring musicians to give Nuçi’s Space a try. You never know, maybe you’ll find music to be your true passion.

Audrey Enghauser
Athens Montessori Middle School

First Call of the Morning…California

 

blog header img telephoneThe first call of the morning was an Athens musician recently moved to California and in need of mental health services. He wanted to know if there was some place like Nuçi’s Space on the west coast. Sadly there isn’t but we did manage to get him fixed up with a list of sliding scale resources that helped him out.

He found a counselor and a psychiatrist.

 

National calls such as these are frequent at Nuçi’s Space

When in good mental health a Google search or a telephone call is something we can usually do without a second thought. In the grip of anxiety or a depression,  however,  such simple tasks seem insurmountable and can become not only impossible but the source of even more severe stress and anxiety.

 

Whilst we have no therapy partnerships outside of Georgia we can still search your city for helpful resources to ensure you have a solid starting point when you are unable to do such tasks yourself.

 

Resources

You can check out  American Foundation for Suicide Prevention &  National Institute of Mental health  as starting points for lots of useful information.  Espanol

During office hours you can call us 706-227-1515 or E-mail lesley@nuci.org

 

Highlighting a regular start to the day at Nuçi’s Space  ‘The First Call’ is literally the first call put through to our counseling advocate that day. 

 

First Call of the Morning …The Gulf

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The first call of the morning was from a soldier serving in the Gulf, very concerned and asking how to get help for a family member here in Athens.  I gave the Georgia crisis and access line number in case of an emergency and then explained our process so the family member could have us as a resource if they needed. The family member came down and is now in counseling.

Resources

The Georgia Crisis and Access line 800-715-4225  has trained crisis counselors available 24/7 they can give advice or help you get help for yourself or for a friend during an emergency.  Nuçi’s Space  706-227-1515 is a good start to any mental health wellbeing journey and can connect you with the resources you need.

Asking for help can be very difficult especially during a period of anxiety or depression,  so knowing what to expect when you meet with a counselor or advocate can help calm things and often totally de-stress a situation being able to pass the information on right away is invaluable and can be the difference between getting or not getting help..

Highlighting a regular start to the day at Nuçi’s Space  ‘The First Call’ is literally the first counseling call of the day.  

First Call of the Morning …Panic

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The first call of the morning was in a panic. He wanted so badly to have a drink or take something. Anything.

We talked about all the resources,  strategies and agencies he had available and I listened to what was being problematic for him right now.   I reminded him that Nuçi’s Space was a good place to be when the world gets too much and he could come hang out with us anytime during the day. He is sitting on the porch now having a cigarette and a cup of tea with a smile on his face. He looks at ease.

I am in brief contact with him nearly every day and have been for nearly three months. When he is doing well he calls me his angel and his touchstone. Sometimes just being available for a 2-minute call is enough.

Resources

Many of our clients have addiction problems often overlying depression or similar condition and so can use extra support and additions to their scheduled therapy.  Current free support groups are regularly listed in the The Flagpole . Groups often work really well together with therapy.

Highlighting a regular start to the day at Nuçi’s Space  ‘The First Call’ is literally the first counseling call of the day.  

Ear Protection-Priceless. Casting Day with ACS

Ear Protection is Vital to Musicians.

So Nuçi’s Space teamed up with MusiCares and ACS Custom USA to bring free professional grade ear plugs to Athens,  for musicians and the people they work with.Ear Protection-Ellie gets protected

Casting the Molds

Quick, easy and painless foam castings were made today.

The team from ACS are consummate professionals and adept at creating the molds. Molds which are then used to create a unique custom earplug fitted with a chosen dB level filter and mailed out to us in a few days.   The molds are kept on file for 4 years and during that time replacements can be had. Even the filters can be changed to meet new demands.

50 Appointments Made Available

It was great to see so many old friends today and to meet some new ones from Atlanta too.  47 people attended their $200 appointment and showed their ears some serious care and protection.  The value of the ear plugs cast today is a whopping  $9,400.00. The total cost to each of our 47 clients, zero dollars!

All of us at Nuçi’s Space are thrilled that we could partner with MusiCares and ACS to provide this awesome service, often so far out of financial reach of most musicians it is not even a consideration and so hearing suffers.

Thank’s guys, you rock!

And now we can too, without damaging our precious hearing. It was a pleasure meeting you both and working with you at Nuçi’s Space today.

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Tell Your Friends.

Athens professional musicians and people who work in the industry, if you did not manage to get an appointment, send an email to lesley@nuci.org and we will give you a heads up when the next event takes place.

All our services are advertised on our calendar and on our Facebook page, check them out and don’t forget to like and follow so you always hear what’s going on first.calendar image for ear clinic

Spring Camp Amped 2017

We are excited for another Spring after-school session of campers. Learn from the best local Athens musicians and practice teamwork, showmanship and build self-confidence in our safe setting.

Dates: March 25th-April 1st

Saturday, 3/25, 1:00-5:00pm

Sunday, 3/26, 1:30-5:00pm

Monday – Friday, 3/27-3/31,  after-school from 4:30-7pm.

Saturday, 4/1, Grand Finale at 8pm, doors at 7pm

Camp Amped Spring Session, 2017 is ready for sign up.

Register Here

Scholarships are available

Click here for more information about the program

Alternatively, email Debbie or call 706.227.1515.

Peer Support

 

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When three people in the same week ask if Nuçi’s Space has a mental health support group, there is only one thing to do.

Our Mental Health support group meets weekly, Monday evenings 5.30-7.30. It is free and open to anyone needing peer support.  Call 706-227-1515 for details.

We are a diverse peer lead and peer driven group that has the advantage of a volunteer counselor present for most  sessions.  Because of this, our group is able to develop and grow in a way that benefits both the group and its individual members to the fullest.

All too often, a condition or a diagnosis is seen to be  the whole of the person. Bipolar for instance is regularly used  as a discriptor before either hair color or profession  And it is easy to forget there is a person living with that descriptor whilst constantly learning how to normalize and overcome the problems associated with it.

As a group we focus on ourselves, our feelings and help support each other through problems and life’s challenges  sharing from our skills and experience, therapy and proven coping mechanisms.

Together we are stronger.

 

Survivors of Suicide Support Group

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The Survivors of Suicide group was the first support group at Nuçi’s Space.

Survivors of Suicide group meet 3rd Wednesday every mnth 5.30

Over 16 years ago Linda Phillips started this group before Nuçi’s Space was open or even completed, so strong is the community need for such a group. Now you can find us in the library at Nuçi’s Space. Still meeting every third Wednesday of the month. We cry, we laugh, we remember… and month by month we learn to understand and accept our grief and our loss. And we  heal.

The Survivors of Suicide (SOS) group is for the loved ones left behind. It is a free group open to anyone who has lost a loved one to suicide. Kathy is now the person who facilitates the group; she  is a survivor herself, healed after losing her son and finding her way to us. She is a warm compassionate woman who gives us hope that we, too, can heal with time.

 

The First Meeting

It can be hard, especially if the pain is still raw – and as everyone is unique, with a unique set of circumstances, no one can know exactly what another is going through. But  the group  does understand, and the group supports… and the group does not judge. It is a safe place where you can quietly sit  or fully open up about how you feel and what you have been through,  all the while  knowing that everyone accepts  you  and no one thinks of your situation,  your emotions or your grief as a burden or a trouble… and simply being in the presence of others who are going through the same thing and understand can be of help just on its own.

The attendees  are all at  various stages regarding our healing, and include the very recently bereaved  to those with loved ones many years  passed, young to old,  many different backgrounds and circumstances. Because of this, there is within the group a wealth of understanding, experience, advice and comfort available from many differing perspectives.

If you have any questions or concerns about the group, or if you  need more help – say for instance,  need to access grief  counseling services – please call us at 706-227-1515, or drop in to Nuçi’s Space and ask for Lesley, and we will make sure you get good care.