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Operation Stand down 2021
Saturday from 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM EDT
In times of war, exhausted combat units requiring time to rest and recovery were removed from the battlefields to a place of security and safety. Today, Stand Down refers to a grassroots, community-based intervention program designed to help the nation’s estimated 67,000 homeless veterans transition from life on the streets back to civilian life. Operation Stand Down is a time for the community to connect with our homeless and at-risk veterans to help break down the barriers that are keeping these heroes on the streets. The “hand up, not a hand out” philosophy of Stand Down requires the work of countless volunteers, businesses, and local, state, and national organizations. Organizations will be available to provide direct services (including medical, dental, legal, spiritual) to ensure Veterans are getting the benefits they are entitled to and provide referrals for those struggling with mental health, unemployment, homelessness, and addiction issues. Primary emphasis was placed on the creation of a community in which homeless veterans are treated with respect and given the opportunity to relax, interact, and form ties with peers and volunteers while receiving much-needed, specific services.
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Navigate Hope Inc., a 501c3 non-profit, was formed as a result of our own personal struggles to find resources, education and support when it came to Mental Health in our community.
Our mission is to address the needs for Mental Health education and resources for our schools (faculty and students), first line responders, and the local community. Statistics indicate that 1 in 5 Americans struggle with mental health and 1 in 4 between the ages of 13 and 18.
During this health crisis, people are struggling emotionally due to high stress levels, unemployment, isolation, grief and loss. Prolonged stress can lead to a mental crisis such as self-harm, substance abuse or suicide. Barriers to mental health care existed before the pandemic, but those challenges are exacerbated as more Georgians report symptoms of depression and anxiety. Many people are not well informed about how to recognize mental health problems, how to provide support and what are the best treatments and services available.
We’re working towards a community where all people understand how to take care of their own mental health and look out for each other. A community without shame, where all those who need support get the help they deserve.
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