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The Local Take Talks With Dr. Sheila Williams about Back to School and Mental Health

National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month July 2017

The Local Take acknowledges July as National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month by speaking with Dr. Sheila Williams  about her life journey that led her to a career in the mental health.  

She shares that her mother was diagnosed with clinical depression. Growing up she understood that something was wrong with her mother, but she was repeatedly misdiagnosed.

Dr. Williams explains that communication and awareness are the keys to catching mental health challenges before they manifest in harmful ways. She discusses the things that parents should look out for as they children transition between high school and college. She emphasizes that parents should begin early preparing their children to leave home.  She stresses providing young people with independence while they are still under your roof so that they are not overwhelmed when leaving home.

We also discuss the transition from middle school to high school where many students are face their first taste of independence. She speaks to behavior that may signal a mental health challenge.

For more information on Dr. Sheila Williams

State mental health resource - NAMI Georgia 

For more information on National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month