Pitching Prevention!

Last week, Courtney and I (Kaitlin) packed our bags and headed to Callaway Gardens! We arrived excited not only to explore the gardens, but also to learn more about the prevention work being done across the state. The Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) hosted its first annual pitching prevention conference, which brought together agencies and organizations all working in the prevention field. Excitingly, we were able to break out of our substance abuse niche and explore the exciting ways that our prevention work overlaps and can be connected to suicide prevention and mental health work.

We saw many old friends and faces, and also met numerous new colleagues that we can’t wait to work with more! Throughout the conference we shared in meaningful conversations regarding the shared risk and protective factors of suicide and substance abuse, and the many opportunities for collaboration between these fields. We would be remiss to not talk about two meaningful highlights, that wrapped up the conference. First, we heard from Dr. Taunya Love and learned all about how to be powerful leaders, full of influence! As she says, “influence is the new currency,” and we should constantly seek to use our leadership to influence others and inspire them to be the next great leaders of their community. Great advice! We also heard from two inspiring men, who shared their powerful stories and experiences dealing with mental health and suicide. Thank you again, Kevin and Joe for showing us what resiliency looks like and for impacting not only our day but the work that we strive to accomplish.

We’re thrilled to be part of the collaborative spirit, happening in Georgia! Our team is always on the lookout for new ways to partner so we can provide the most impactful services for our youth, teens, and families all over the state. Interested in partnering? If so, reach out to us!

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