13 Jul 2022

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Mental Health within in the LGBTQI+ Community

Mental health issues are a big problem for people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, two-spirit, and other diverse sexual orientations, gender identities, and expressions (LGBTQI+). The LGBTQI+ community is a diverse one. People come from different backgrounds and have different sexualities, genders, and orientations. However, the fact remains that there is still a lot of prejudice against the LGBTQI+ community. The community is often looked down upon by mainstream society. This can be because of the social stigma attached to being queer or because they may have experienced some trauma.

Many people believe that people who identify as queer are mentally ill. Some even believe that it is a condition that can be cured. In reality, mental health issues are caused by many factors. For example, it could be because of abuse that they suffered in the past or because they have had a traumatic experience.

If you are struggling with your mental health, you must seek professional help. You mustn’t feel ashamed about your sexuality or gender identity. You should not feel embarrassed to talk about it with other people.

However, if you are suffering from a mental health issue, you should not attempt to hide it. If you are feeling depressed or suicidal, you must reach out to someone who can help you, such as talking to a friend, a family member, or a professional counselor, to help you overcome your problems.

We here at Family 360 offer counseling services to the LGBTQI+ community, such as:

•           Body Image

•           Bullying

•           Dating

•           Gender Identity

•           Harassment

•           Healthy Sexuality

•           HIV

•           Mental Health

•           Parents of LGBTQI+ Children and Youth

•           Religion

•           Sex, Sexuality, and Sexual Health

•           Sexual Orientation

•           Suicide and Self-Harm

22 Jun 2022

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Coping With Stress and Anxiety

Everyone experiences stress and anxiety. The question is, how do you cope with them.

Stress is the physical or mental response to an external cause, such as having a lot of homework or having an illness. Anxiety is your body’s reaction to stress and can occur without a current threat.

Learning what causes or triggers your stress and what coping techniques work for you can help reduce your anxiety and improve your daily life. It may take trial and error to discover what works best for you. Here are some activities you can try when you start to feel overwhelmed:

  • Keep a journal.
  • Download an app that provides relaxation exercises (such as deep breathing or visualization) or tips for practicing mindfulness, a psychological process of actively paying attention to the present moment.
  • Exercise, and make sure you are eating healthy, regular meals.
  • Stick to a sleep routine, and ensure you get enough sleep.
  • Avoid drinking excess caffeine such as soft drinks or coffee.
  • Identify and challenge your negative and unhelpful thoughts.
  • Reach out to your friends or family members who help you cope positively.

If you are struggling to cope, or your stress or anxiety symptoms won’t go away, it may be time to talk to a professional. If you are in immediate distress or are thinking about hurting yourself, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline toll-free at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

Remember, we here at Family 360 are here for you.



07 Jun 2022

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What is post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD?

According to the National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Mental Health website, some people develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after experiencing a shocking, scary, or dangerous event.

It is natural to feel afraid during and after a traumatic situation. Fear is a part of the body’s normal “fight-or-flight” response, which helps us avoid or respond to potential danger. People may experience a range of reactions after trauma, and most will recover from their symptoms over time. Those who continue to experience symptoms may be diagnosed with PTSD.

Who develops PTSD?

Anyone can develop PTSD at any age. This includes combat veterans as well as people who have experienced or witnessed a physical or sexual assault, abuse, an accident, a disaster, a terror attack, or other serious events. People who have PTSD may feel stressed or frightened, even when they are no longer in danger.

Not everyone with PTSD has been through a dangerous event. In some cases, learning that a relative or close friend experienced trauma can cause PTSD.

What are the symptoms of PTSD?

Symptoms of PTSD usually begin within 3 months of the traumatic incident, but they sometimes emerge later. To meet the criteria for PTSD, symptoms must last longer than 1 month, and they must be severe enough to interfere with aspects of daily life, such as relationships or work. The symptoms also must be unrelated to medication, substance use, or other illness.

The course of the illness varies: Although some people recover within 6 months, others have symptoms that last for a year or longer. People with PTSD often have co-occurring conditions, such as depression, substance use, or one or more anxiety disorders.

After a dangerous event, it is natural to have some symptoms or even to feel detached from the experience, as though you are observing things rather than experiencing them. A health care provider—such as a psychiatrist, psychologist, or clinical social worker—who has experience helping people with mental illnesses can determine whether symptoms meet the criteria for PTSD.

Where can I find more information on PTSD?

To find out more information, please visit the National Institute of Mental Health website by clicking the link below.



U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Mental Health. (Updated 2021). NIH Publication No. 20-MH-8124. Revised 2020

Retrieved from https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/post-traumatic-stress-disorder-ptsd

26 May 2022

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Community Health Discussion

State Rep Doreen Carter and Dr. Desmond Maul licensed Therapist DMFT, LMFT. Share valuable information and resources for mental health on Saturday, May 28, 2022. Join Us!

17 May 2022

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3rd Round of Free at-home COVID-⁠19 tests is now available.

The 3rd Round of Free at-home COVID-⁠19 tests is now available.
Every home in the U.S. is eligible to order the 3rd round of free at-home tests. Order yours today from COVID.gov. There are no shipping costs, and you don’t need to enter a credit card number.

For more information, please visit https://www.covid.gov/tests.

07 Feb 2022

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Free Mask from the Government

The Government is giving away Free N95 Masks at Local Pharmacies and Community Health Centers. As the struggle continues to fight COVID-19, President Biden provides free COVID-19 tests for homes and free N95 masks, which are a critical way to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
These masks can be found at pharmacies and community healthcare centers sites across the country, including Walmart and Sams Club. Every person is allowed up to 3 free masks pending availability.

These masks are American-made, certified N95s part of the Strategic National Stockpile earmarked for emergency use. Although these masks are not for children, The Biden administration will start making these high-quality masks for children in the near future. So spread the word and get your FREE N95 masks.

Click on the links below to see which pharmacies participate in this program and how to wear an N95 mask properly.

Wearing a Mask Protects You and Others


19 Jan 2022

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Free at-home COVID-⁠19 tests from the Government

Every home in the U.S. can soon order four free at-home COVID-⁠19 tests. The tests will be completely free—there are no shipping costs, and you don’t need to enter a credit card number.

Ordering begins January 19.

Get your free COVID-19 test through the government. Private health insurance companies are now required to cover the cost of tests. According to USA Today’s website, “private health plans are required to cover the over-the-counter tests at up to $12 per test. Consumers can either purchase the testing kits at no cost or submit receipts for reimbursement from the insurance company.” (1)  So order your free at-home COVID-19 test Wednesday, January 19 at https://www.covidtests.gov/




01 Dec 2021

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COVID-19, Our Responsibility

Be safe—Be aware—Be informed

Your health and safety remain our top priority. As we continue to monitor events surrounding COVID-19 and the vaccine rollout, we are still taking numerous steps to be extra vigilant. To limit the risk of exposure, we ask all clients, patients and staff who enter the facility to continue wearing a mask all the time—practicing social distancing, avoiding gatherings, washing your hands regularly, staying home when you are sick, and seeking immediate medical attention if you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms.

We are continuing to implement protocols that are aimed at protecting the health and safety of our staff and patients and will continue to follow the guidance of the CDC and Georgia State Health Department.

If you think you have COVID-19 or exposed to COVID, we asked that you utilize our telehealth services, click here for more information.