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First Call of the Morning…Please help me find my son

 National Suicide Prevention Week, September 10th to 16th 

First Call Campaign header image-telephoneThe first call of the morning was a crisis. A  frantic parent from out of town. She was concerned for the safety of her son.   She repeated over and over,

“I don’t know what to do. I don’t know what to do.”

She had spoken with her son who ended their conversation stating that he was going to kill himself.  Then, to all intents and purposes, he disappeared.

“Please help me find my son before it’s too late.”

Whilst Nuçi’s Space is not a crisis center, from time to time someone will reach out to us when they simply do not know where to turn,  it may be way outside of our work area. In this instance, I am unable to assist other than to say, contact the police. However I am also a human being, and as such there was no way I was going to let her waste valuable time having to explain everything all over again in an attempt to get assistance. Especially when she was unable to even think and speak coherently. Instead,  I started making the needed calls.

We talked on and off for most of the morning until she was a little calmer. Everything that could be was in hand, and we were just waiting…

The police found her son.

He was in a hotel room.

He was intent on ending his life and so was taken to a hospital.

Four days later I got to meet him. He chose to come to Nuçi’s Space to get set up with a network of support systems including a Support Group, a Doctor, and a Counselor. We made up a crisis plan to ensure he knows what to do as and when things happen.  Between us all, we will be able to get him back on track and he can put this depressive episode well behind him.

I asked him what had happened, what was it that brought him to such a low point.

He said that he had been in a depression for over six months and it just wouldn’t let up. During this time he did nothing to improve his mental health. He was miserable and so isolated himself from everyone he knew. Meanwhile, anxiety kicked in,  working with his depression to disable him further. Eventually, he lost his only source of income and was in danger of loosing his home.  Each day he went further and further down as his situation became more and more difficult and he became more depressed.

He was angry with his mum for not acquiescing to his wishes.  She had said she would only keep sending him money if she could come and see that he was ok. His depression had robbed him of the ability to think with clarity or with logic and reason,  and as far as was concerned his mother and brother hated him, were trying to control him. He was worthless, friendless, unloved,  a burden to all who knew him and his only course of action,  to make things easier for everyone was to end his life.

Just four days had passed, and he was astonished how real his thoughts and the pain were and how he believed,  that what his depressed self,  was telling him was logical and reasoned. How ridiculous it sounded now he was in good health.

How easily he could have ended his life, over something that quite obviously wasn’t real. Or true.

How to Help

When you think someone is going to harm themselves and they go missing, call their local police office. If a person can be found the police have the resources to find people quicker than anyone else.

When someone you know is at risk, you can find resources here. If a crisis occurs, call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255 Deaf and hard of hearing 1-800-273-8255  En Español Nacional de Prevención del Suicidio 1-888-628-9454.  You Matter  is a national young person lifeline.

You can avert a crisis by seeking help earlier.

To take control of your mental health find a therapist just enter your location and hit search.

For further information, The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is a  vital national resource.

Please help us, make a note of these resources and share them when appropriate.

You can call us here at Nuçi’s Space during office hours Monday through Friday 706-227-1515  or  E-mail Lesley

The First Call of the Morning Campaign highlights a regular start to the day at Nuçi’s Space but more importantly offers, guidance, and resources for anyone going through or living with such issues and problems.

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Vision

Our vision is to end the epidemic of suicide and to inspire a culture free of the stigma attached to brain illnesses and its sufferers by supporting a community-wide effort that focuses on education, prevention and access to appropriate treatment.

Mission

Our mission is to prevent suicide. With a focus on musicians, Nuçi’s Space advocates for and helps to alleviate the suffering for those living with a brain illness and fights to end the stigma of mental illness.

To accomplish our mission, Nuçi’s Space maintains a health and resource center for musicians as a safe space to seek support and guidance, provides access to affordable, obstacle-free professional care, actively participates in treatment and educates about awareness, prevention and the risk factors of brain illnesses.

Values

Nuçi’s Space, and all those who represent the organization, will champion a culture of kindness and support to all in our community and maintain the highest standards of caring in all that we do through Nurturing | Understanding | Compassion | Insight.

First Call of the Morning…SOS The Loved Ones Left Behind

 National Suicide Prevention Week, September 10th to 16th 

blog header img telephoneThe first call of the morning was difficult to hear as he tried hard to control his sobbing.

His wife  took her life three years ago and he hasn’t been able to grieve. He still breaks down , when alone, sobbing like it was the first day, in company he just wants to punch people. His head is still in a fog,  he has unfocused thoughts and he blames himself for her death.

I told him of our SOS Group

Survivors of Suicide group meets the 3rd Wednesday of every month, is free of charge and open to anyone who has lost a loved one to suicide. I explained what he could expect from our group and he said “That’s exacly what I need.”  He sobbed  “People who understand .”

As the next meeting was 3 weeks away I suggested that he was welcome to come on by Nuçi’s Space at any point before the meeting and we could talk. He came by right away,  such was the depth of his pain. After talking about all manner of things I asked him if he had ever considered counseling as a way of helping  to cope with his situation. We talked about how it would work and the benefits it might hold. He decided that counseling, in addition to the SOS group for support and understanding would be a good way forward.

We set up a course of treatment to help with his stress, anxiety, anger  and depression,  brought about by many factors including loss,   with our team of counselors partnering with us at Family Counseling Athens. He has his first appointment in hand his first group SOS went well. He was quiet but he opened up toward the end of the meeting and now has hope he can heal.

Left Behind

When someone takes their own life,  we tend to focus on that individual, not seeing the mayhem and trauma family members, friends and loved ones, who are so often overlooked, now have to live with.

To find an SOS group or to find a therapist in your area, just enter your location and hit search.

If you need help or information after the loss of a loved one you can find resources here and  you can call us Monday through Friday 706-227-1515 or E-mail  lesley@nuci.org

Siblings and close family members are often at risk directly after a suicide. Young people , close friends  boy /girlfriends etc.  are regularly overlooked and statistically  more likely to attempt themselves than any other group. If you are affected by suicide or  if you, or someone you know is in danger, you can find resources here.

If a crisis occurs, call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255   Deaf and hard of hearing 1-800-273-8255

En Español Nacional de Prevención del Suicidio 1-888-628-9454.         You Matter  is a national young person lifeline.

You can avert a crisis by seeking help right away.

To take control of your mental health find a therapist just enter your location and hit search.

For further information, The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is a  vital national resource.

Please help us, make a note of these resources and share them when appropriate.

 

The First Call of the Morning Campaign highlights a regular start to the day at Nuçi’s Space but more importantly offers, guidance, and resources for anyone going through or living with such issues and problems.

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We actively help people get the resources they need when they need them. You can help us impact people directly by sharing this information.

Vision

Our vision is to end the epidemic of suicide and to inspire a culture free of the stigma attached to brain illnesses and its sufferers by supporting a community-wide effort that focuses on education, prevention and access to appropriate treatment.

Mission

Our mission is to prevent suicide. With a focus on musicians, Nuçi’s Space advocates for and helps to alleviate the suffering for those living with a brain illness and fights to end the stigma of mental illness.

To accomplish our mission, Nuçi’s Space maintains a health and resource center for musicians as a safe space to seek support and guidance, provides access to affordable, obstacle-free professional care, actively participates in treatment and educates about awareness, prevention and the risk factors of brain illnesses.

Values

Nuçi’s Space, and all those who represent the organization, will champion a culture of kindness and support to all in our community and maintain the highest standards of caring in all that we do through Nurturing | Understanding | Compassion | Insight.

 

First Call of the Morning…Campaign

 

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September 10th is World Suicide Prevention Day and the first day of  National Suicide Prevention Week.

During National Suicide Prevention Week we add our voice to the many hard working, ‘loud shouting’ organizations working with and along side us;  helping to raise awareness about mental health, brain illness, the importance of early diagnosis,  fighting against the stigma and understanding their important roles in the prevention of suicide.

The more we all pull together, the more people we reach, the more likely someone who needs us is able to reach out before it’s too late.

But what are you actually doing?  What’s all this First Call malarkey?

The First Call of the Morning has been a positive and effective way of telling our story, and now, as it is Suicide Prevention Week we are gearing this campaign specifically, to the prevention of suicide.

For the duration of National Suicide Prevention Week, we will be advertising two posts,  using and paying Facebook to reach a much larger community with the hope of engaging people and preventing suicide. We hope you will support us and help share the information.

While all First Call posts preserve the caller’s anonymity, all of these calls actually happened within the last couple of days,  more to the point, these kinds of calls happen regularly at Nuçi’s Space. The two we are featuring are focused on losing a loved one to suicide and concern about someone in danger.

While details will be minimal and avoid triggers this is not a clean and tidy, open and shut case study. This is real life, it’s messy, it’s raw and it’s ongoing for everyone going through such turmoil.

If someone can relate on a personal level to the content and if they need help or know someone who needs help, they will from the content itself,  have the ability to access everything they need right then and there.

Cool, I’ll look out for them and share them.  How will I recognize them?

The campaign will begin, Monday, September 11th and carry on through to Friday 16th. We will be using this image and the following hashtags for the duration.

#firstcallofthemorning  #suicideprevention  #SOS  #nucisspace

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The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is a  vital national resource.

You Matter is a national lifeline for young people.

Suicide Prevention Lifeline.org 

Nacional de Prevención del Suicidio

Please help us and support us, make a note of these resources and the resources to come and share when appropriate.

You can call us here at Nuçi’s Space during office hours Monday through Friday 706-227-1515  or  E-mail Lesley

The First Call of the Morning Campaign highlights a regular start to the day at Nuçi’s Space but more importantly offers, guidance, and resources for anyone going through or living with such issues and problems.

 

Camp Amped – 10 Years Later or One Community Many Lives?

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2017 has proven to be another memorable year for Nuçi’s Space and Camp Amped.

Not only were we able to host two full sessions this summer, we were also able to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of this astonishing program.

With a line-up of current and past Camp performers, the celebration brought out many smiles. Attendees were able to reflect on forgotten Camp photos and be in marvel at the talent and growth of so many Camp musicians.

From a bird’s eye view, Camp Amped is year round. The planning and preparation is always in rotation. Once spring CAAS finishes, summer preparations begin, and when summer is over Fall CAAS begins. And the cycle continues on and on, sometimes overlapping. But there was something special about 2017 that reminded me how fortunate it is to be a part of a program that has truly enriched me with a fuller life.

 

There were days that I spend hours working on camp registrations, responding to Camp donors or submitting grants. And then there were days during Camp that I get to spend hours just listening to the next generation of Athens musicians. It is those days when I felt most fortunate. I love being a support to these kids who are just trying to figure out how to use their passions and talent in the most positive way.Jackson EMC Donation image

 I have a general idea of who each camper is before camp even starts. This is based on their videos, auditions or applications, but I really begin to know each one of them when we spend hours together in this little blue building. So what does that look like for me… I can tell, especially for new campers and instructors, my role is not as obvious and sometimes I just become the person who makes sure everyone is safe and most importantly, fed!Camp Amped Chalk -Sam

 

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But as soon as the clock strikes 9am during a summer session I start doing a mental roll call. Remember, these are teenagers so 9am on a summer day is EARLY. We have a few different activities in the morning but the most popular one is Shauna’s angelic, meditation, singing bowls. Like most summers, we had a few late campers who would try to walk in as quietly as possible while trying not to make too much noise with their amp or guitar case. I would just throw them a smile and exhale to myself that everyone was accounted for.

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Everyone soon realizes the complementary relationship that Dan and I have are two connecting pieces of the Camp Amped puzzle.  His role as the Lead Instructor and mine as the Camp Coordinator is a hand in hand partnership that is as unique as the program. And so when I’m having a not so good day, he turns to the campers and says to them “Debbie’s taking hugs today”.  It’s the kind of kindness and love you can only find in a family. And that’s what we are here, a family.

 

 

On top of our normal summer Camp Amped program, we had the task of putting on a very special event to celebrate 10 years of Camp at Nuçi’s Space. And who better to take on this task than the campers themselves. The challenge was grand and the tasks were numerous but I knew when I reached out to these two young ladies to take the lead of this momentous event it would be amazing.

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Camp Amped 10 th imageDeylah (’07, ’08) and Mamie (’13, ’14, ’15) not only met the challenge but exceeded my expectations.

It was a night filled with talents on every level. Campers who had just met the year before rocking out their tunes to campers who have grown up together playing like old souls. An event on this level can only be accomplished with tons of support. As in the past, our community did not fall short. Whether it was to fill the library with food or make every performer be seen and heard, every person who supports Nuçi’s Space and Camp Amped is one more piece of the Camp puzzle.

For more information on Nuçi’s Space and Camp Amped please check out the article Rock n Roll Survival Camp published in the Bitter Southerner and written by Mamie.

Camp Amped 10th Year Anniversary Performers: The Voltures, Freaky Styley, Jordan Rhym, Jacob Conley, Clarie Campbell, The Dookie Brothers, Ethan Crump, White Rabbit Collective

 

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What I learned in 2017 that I hadn’t noticed before is that it doesn’t matter if you were in Camp for 1 summer or 7, if you are a veteran instructor or a newbie, or if you’ve been the Camp Coordinator for 3 summers or 7, once you are in the Nuçi’s Space Camp Amped family, you’re in it for life. Thank you to everyone, especially those who were in the program before I came to the Space and still allow me to be connected to them!Camp Amped 10th Anniversary image

Thanks got to all our 2017 Supporters: James and Betty Huffer Foundation, Jackson EMC Foundation, The George Link Jr. Charitable Trust, Third Phase, Georgia Music Foundation, Ruby Sues, Thrasher Photo+Design, Colm O’Reilly, Adam Payne, Jason Huffer, Lesley and Maurice Cobbs, Big City Bread Art Collective, Full Moon Recording Studio, Amplify, Studio 1093, Chase Park Transduction, Apex Signs, Big City Bread, Chick-fil-A, Clocked, Mama’s Boy, The Grit, home.made, Last Resort Provisions, Publix, Pulaski Heights BBQ, Ted’s Most Best, Viva Argentine Cuisine, White Tiger, Keba Grill, Daily Co-Op, Waffle House, Paul and Sara Samuelson and Your Pie

Carl Lindberg memorial scholarship donors, Herb Guthrie Memorial Scholarship donors, Daniel Marler Memorial Scholarship donors, Allen Owens Memorial Scholarship donors, Casey Nettles Foundation donors, Devin Wiles Foundation donors

For more  information about our Camp Amped and Youth Programmes contact debbie@nuci.org

Text -Debbie Watson.  Photographs -Bella and Lesley

 

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. 

 

Support Nuçi’s Space When You Shop: Kroger Community Rewards

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It is Kroger Community Rewards program enrollment time again and we want you to consider supporting us.

How do you enroll? It’s easy.

 

  • Get your Kroger card and head on over to Kroger’s Community Rewards Enrollment Page, and sign up.
  • When you are asked which organization want to support you write in The Nuci Phillips Memorial Foundation, or you can write in our number, 75623
  • Shop and Swipe every time

It really is that simple.

Then Kroger cut us a check four times a year with their donation from your shopping- Nuçi’s Space gets much-needed dollars and it doesn’t cost you a penny! It’s like your giving Nuçi’s Space a hug every time you shop!

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Georgia Lawyers for the Arts-Clinic at Nuçi’s Space

 

 

Here at Nuçi’s Space we try to link with services and organizations that can assist and better our musical community so when the Georgia Lawyers for the Arts asked if they could use Nuçi’s Space to hold their clinics as they move into Athens we didn’t hesitate to link up.  If you are a musician or artist and need a lawyer,  the membership fee is worth its weight.

Georgia Lawyers for the Arts 

Is a non-profit that provides artists and inventors with pro bono legal services. GLA recently expanded services into Athens where it hosts monthly legal clinics.

The next Legal Clinic is scheduled at  Nuçi’s Space

Wednesday August 23rd 6-8PM

Wednesday September 20th 12-2PM

The clinic is free to GLA members and is by appointment only. Each appointment is 30 minutes with an attorney. Attorneys will answer questions regarding contracts, trademarks,  and copyright law.

To make an appointment please call GLA at (404) 873-3911 or contact the organization at gla@glarts.org . Membership to GLA is $50.

To find out more about membership or to apply for membership, go to www.glarts.org

May is Mental Health Awareness Month: 8-14th May is Mental Health Awareness Week

What is Mental Health Awareness Month?

The clue is in the title; it is a time for action. A time marked on every mental health organization’s calendar to begin new campaigns relevant to our mental health cause.

 

What is Mental Health Awareness Week?

Annually for a week during May, international, national, regional, and local groups, organizations and individuals lend their voice and together raise awareness about mental health issues.

 

But you do all of that already!

Of course, we all work year round to attempt to educate and inform our communities as well as working to end the stigma and to encourage and assist more people to get help when they need it. However, this is a week when all of us, working together, can make a much louder noise. And maybe someone who hasn’t heard us before will get access to help when they need it for themselves or others.
 

Okay, got it.  So what are you doing this year?

Our most recent campaign is starting May 1st  “Help a Friend” is just that. It shares how to help a friend in need, in the simplest yet most effective of ways.

For Athens and our Georgia community, we have created a paper pamphlet describing three things anyone can do, right now, to help a friend. Drop by the Space and pick one up we are open seven days a week from 12 pm. Take a couple with you for your work, you will be surprised how many people ask for them. I was.

We have also created a really useful and very handy business sized card with crisis and important line numbers. You can have those resources at hand, readily available right there in your wallet.  If you can’t get to Nuçi’s Space to pick one up you can download this image scale it to suit your needs and share it via social media or email.

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That’s all well and good, but I’m in California. How can I help my friends?

The Trevor Project, Hope Line, Lifelines and text lines are all still valid; they help and support nationally. But aside from that, well it’s funny you should ask. We were thinking the very same thing and so for later in Mental Health Awareness Month we will be distributing our free E-book. (This is taking a little longer than anticipated but it’s coming soon!)

A book for everyone who wants to be prepared and able to help their friend.

You will have access to all the information you need to access the right resources to find the best agencies available to help your friends.

The information in the E-book can be distributed electronically,  to make sharing resources a piece of cake no matter where you are. We welcome its inclusion on social media, newsletters, websites, and e-mail or you can even print it and hand it out.

 

That’s kinda awesome Nuçi’s Space!

I know right!

Not only that but our ‘Help a Friend’ campaign is helping us.

It is being used to spread our message of Mental Health Awareness,  and how to help your loved ones even further afield as we build on the campaign with the addition of the E-Book to make it a national resource.

#helpafriend Putting life-saving resources in your hands

 

 

A Message of Hope

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Before my time interning at Nuçi’s Space, I had been to the building multiple times for shows and one or two practices. I loved the atmosphere, and I loved what I knew of their mission. I had heard a brief story of how the organization was started because of a boy named Nuçi committing suicide, and how the name was in his honor. However, it wasn’t until this past Christmas break that I read Linda Phillip’s captivating book about the real story that I truly felt the depth of the love I have for this organization.

Knowing that I wanted to be involved in some way when I got back to school this semester, I requested that I might be placed with Nuçi’s Space for my required music business internship. I was then so lucky to have been able to get an internship with Debbie Watson here. Debbie and I met shortly after we got in touch, and I vividly remember after getting ready to leave our first conversation, she told me she was “a hugger”, and quickly embraced me.

Since the first day, I have always felt excitement and joy to walk through the doors and learn a little more every day. Debbie, being in charge of youth programs and development, taught me all about their program, Camp Amped. I learned about everything from grants and budget to what kind of sale Publix had on cookies when I was getting snacks for the kids at the Spring Session. Some days I would work on emails the entire time, and other days, we would just have meaningful conversation about our lives. Something that was meant to be like a job, became the least stressful part of my life, and I am forever thankful for this experience.

As an individual, I have struggled with mental illness over the last few years, and I still struggle to this day. It brings me so much joy and inspiration to see people with the world on their shoulders come out of this building looking a little lighter than they had been before. It was even more of an inspiration as a musician to see such young men and women chasing their passions by coming to play together at Camp Amped. These kids are far more talented than I could ever be, and it is utter joy to see them enjoying themselves, and becoming supports for each other. It feels like an unspoken camaraderie between so many people that we seek music to heal us in some way or another, and that is what Nuçi’s does for people like me. Seeing how people support each other when we cannot support ourselves is one of the most beautiful things that one can experience, and Nuçi’s Space’s team is always there to provide that for you, even if they don’t realize they are doing it.

It has been so humbling to work with such great people, and to see change happening within the community of Athens. I will be missing the constant friendship and conversation with the staff, and I know that I will be dropping by often. It has been comforting to see that beauty is born out of the darkest moments of life, and I hope that I can share this reminder with those who feel like hope is lost. Nuçi’s Space will stay with me forever, and I am proud to spread this message of hope to others, too. Thank you to Debbie. Thank you to Nuçi’s Space.