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

 

 

Athens Business Rocks 2017

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Missing out?

You are missing out if you have never attended Athens Business Rocks. Simply put, your favorite local businesses come together & raise money for Nuçi’s Space.

Athens is full of musicians who work “regular” jobs. ABR gives these musicians an opportunity to form a band with their co-workers and rock it out live on the 40 Watt Stage to compete for the Grand Champion Title.

How do they win?

They go out into the community and ask for “votes”.  These votes translate into dollars and the band that raises the most for Nuçi’s Space wins.

Don’t be fooled though, the funds are important, but the show is not to be missed. Athens Business Rocks never disappoints!

Learn more about how you can get involved at athensbusinessrocks.com

 

I am Nuçi’s Space

We want to share stories of how our staff and programs help our community. Below is a letter from a member of our community that has after much trial and error began to see hope for a brighter day. She said, she can  feel happy,  for the first time in years.

We commend her hard work,  patience, determination and wish only continued success.

We are always here to help.

“I’ve been severely depressed and suicidal since I can remember and have been through countless therapists and psychiatrists and finally gave up the search for the right person and the right medications in my thirties, seventeen years ago. After a two year suicidal depression in my forties, I finally decided to seek help again and turned to Nuci’s Space, in crisis and at the end of my rope.

Your team was conscientious and kind, understanding that I feared getting help again as most of the time the medications were as bad as the depression for me, and guided me through it. The team at Nuçi’s Space, Dr. Orr, Family Counseling Services, and my therapist, Mike, have all been incredible. Here I am a little over a year and though admittedly, many tries at different medications later, and I can finally say that I am no longer depressed, and most certainly not suicidal.

Dr. Orr put me on a new anti-depressant a month ago and in the last two weeks as it’s reached efficacy I have experienced an enjoyment of the things and the people around me, happiness, contentment, functionality, clear-headedness. Things that I had begun to think were not ever possible for me. Things I had given up on. I am writing this letter to let other know that they are not alone. That yes, the long process of finding the right medications for your particular brain chemistry can be grueling and frustrating, but keep trying. I wouldn’t trade these last two weeks for anything in the world. Once you find the right ones, life is possible again and no longer merely a struggle to keep up. I never thought it could happen, but it has.

Thank you for all that you do. Thank you for saving my life.

(Name removed) ”

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When the Universe Taps You on the Shoulder

Although I already know how special and magical Nuçi’s Space is, it never gets old when I’m reminded. There have been several circumstances over the years where “the universe” has tapped us on the shoulder to let us know we’re headed in the right direction. Depending on who you ask, there are many names and explanations for these moments. However, I like to think they are reminders that we are not alone in this world and that powers greater than you or I can influence our path in life.

There was a time, shortly after Nuçi’s Space opened its doors, when we had very little money in our checking account and prospects for raising additional funds were bleak. We had just received a bill for $1500 and I didn’t know where the money was going to come from to pay it. Although I could have passed the bill on to Linda to pay on our behalf, I was trying to convince her that it was time for Nuçi’s Space to thrive on its own. I didn’t want to have to eat my words. For me it was a pride thing. A couple of days went by and the stress of my predicament increased. On the third day I collected the mail on my way into work. Among the stack of junk mail and advertisements, was a handwritten envelope to Nuçi’s Space. The envelope contained a donation for exactly $1500, with a note attached that read “keep up the great work.”

Within the next day or so you’ll hear about a unique project that Nuçi’s Space is about to launch called Amplify. In short, the project will serve as a recording and video production studio to help us better advocate for brain illness treatment and allow us to “amplify” the work that we do to a much larger audience. Up to this point, almost all of the gear we’ve needed has been donated. One piece of gear that we didn’t have, but have been wanting to acquire, is a mixing console. We could move forward without it, but its presence in the studio would be an enhancement to the quality of what we can produce.

You can imagine my surprise when I arrived to work this morning and a 24 channel mixing console was sitting on the table in the library. I skipped my normal “hello” to staff and immediately started asking “Where did this come from?” and “Who’s is it?” I was told that it was a donation we received over the weekend. Wow!

Thank you Garrett. This place, the universe and the kindness of strangers will never cease to amaze me.