Racial/ethnic, gender, and sexual minorities often suffer from poor mental health outcomes due to multiple factors including: inaccessibility of high-quality mental health care, cultural stigma surrounding mental health care, discrimination, and lack of awareness on mental health. (American Psychiatric Association, 2022) Additional barriers for minorities include: -Different cultural perceptions about mental illness and well-being -Racism […]

How we approach relationships as adults has much to do with what our childhood relationships looked like with parents, or primary caregivers. According to the Attachment Theory by John Bowlby, there are four attachment styles: secure, avoidant, anxious, and anxious-avoidant with the secure attachment style being the healthiest and, typically, most successful.  Signs of a […]

Khayla Smallwood Therapist and Team Lead for Region 3 What is your role at Georgia HOPE? I am a Therapist and Team Lead for Region 3 What led you to Georgia HOPE? Georgia Hope has well-rounded services with the collaboration of skill-building, therapy, and medical services. I wanted something that gave clients the most support. […]

Community violence has been recognized as a major public health problem impacting both youth and adults. Some studies show that between 50% and 96% of urban youth have witnessed some type of community violence in their lifetime. Exposure to community violence is associated with a variety of emotional and behavioral problems including: PTSD, anxiety, depression, […]

By: Megan Eckles What is PTSD? Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that is triggered by a traumatic event through experience or witnessing (Mayo Clinic, 2022). In the DSM-5 there is a distinction between PTSD in those 6 years of age and up, and those under the age of 6. Experiencing or […]