For Immediate Release

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Media Contact:

J’Lyn Furby

American Kinetics LLC

541 10th ST NW

ATLANTA, GA 30318

www.GeorgiaWMM.com

Friday, May 20, 2022

LAST WEEK WE ASKED ARE WE IGNORING LUPUS AND MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH OF MAY?

Nygil Cullins Fogo De Chao Buckhead Shooting: "What was immediately apparent to me is that there need to be greater awareness of the the impact of mental wellness on public safety by the everyday citizens and police and public safety officials"       Ms. Pamela A. Bridgeman LCSW

Atlanta, Georgia: Georgia W.O.M.A.N Monthly Mixer’s National Small Business Week and State Awards Luncheon took place this month which is also the month of mental health awareness. The event was dedicated to women with small businesses, and the issue of Mental Health was raised and talked about in detail. Ms. Pamela A. Bridgeman LCSW was honored with the Lady of Triumph award for acknowledging her efforts for mental awareness. “It might sound unbelievable, but I knew I would become a social worker when I was 15 years old,” she said.


Members of the panel raised their concerns on Awareness around Mental Health, “You don’t have to struggle in silence”.  They also talked about how we as individuals can help and also put more stress on Georgian State to do more. Concerns were also raised regarding the media blackout on the mental health crisis, with no signs of abating.

Just after a few days of conference Nygil Cullins, a 22-year-old Georgia resident was shot and killed by police. Nygil was a former Fogo de Chao employee who was going through a mental breakdown. "I'd rather he be in a psychiatric hospital than outside in a body bag," Mya Cullins said mother of the victim.


This was the 50th police shooting in Georgia, as the state's mental health crisis worsened. People struggling with mental health issues have tendencies to self-harm. The suicide rate among young people is also getting worse, “Even before the pandemic, an alarming number of young people struggled with feelings of helplessness, depression, and thoughts of suicide,” U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy said on Dec. 7, 2021. The majority of suicidal people exhibit warning signs or signals about their intentions. Recognizing these warning signs and knowing how to respond to them is the most effective way to prevent suicide.


American Kinetics LLC aims to raise awareness around Mental Health and Appeals publicly that if you notice small behavioral changes or mental issues in your loved ones and get them help as soon as possible can not only save their life but also change their lives for good. If you suspect a friend or family member is suicidal, you can help prevent suicide by pointing out alternatives, demonstrating your concern, and involving a doctor or psychologist.

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Media Release from May 13, 2022

ARE WE IGNORING LUPUS AND MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH OF MAY?

20 Georgia Businesswomen honored during Lupus Lunch and Learn with Leaders from the United States Small Business Administration (SBA).


8th Annual Georgia W.O.M.A.N Monthly Mixer

National Small business Week Conference and State Awards Luncheon 2022

 

Atlanta, Georgia: The 8th Annual Georgia W.O.M.A.N. Monthly Mixer's National Small Business Week Conference and Awards Luncheon in honor of Georgia Small Businesswomen was held, as well as fundraisers for Lupus Awareness Month by American Kinetics LLC on May, 4th 2022Influential personalities like Senator Sonya Halpern, Cathelean Steele (SCLC, Founder of Justice For Girls), Robert Ware (Keynote Speaker, Supervisory Business Opportunity Specialist), Timothy Craig (Program Manager, Veterans Business Outreach Center), Ms. Martina Edwards (Chief of Strategic Partnerships, Access to Capital for Entrepreneurs), Dr. Reina Cubbage (Business Advisor and Instructor, Veterans Business Outreach Center) and Georgia's Celebrities like Althea Heart and Tiffany Moore participated in an important and necessary cause. Monica Nakia Ellis (CEO/Founder, Lupus Matters Corporation), Dr. Debra L. Clark (Founder and President, GreenSHADES Community Inc), and Janelle Moore (Lupus Survivor) were also present to support the cause.

 

 

Organizers and Speakers discussed the role of women in society and the importance of assisting small businesses. Sen. Sonya Halpern promised small business owners her unwavering support and encouraged them to approach her. Keynote speakers Robert Ware, Timothy Craig, and Ms. Martina Edwards discussed the importance of supporting small business owners and the Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contracting Program, which can assist people in reaching their full potential. Additionally, programs for veterans to help them become successful entrepreneurs when they transition from the military to civilian life were discussed.

 

A panel of six distinguished women was assembled to discuss the importance of small businesses, women business owners, and breaking down stereotypes about women starting/buying their businesses. The panel was comprised up of

 

  • Minister Sharon Johnson Reese
  • Dr. Debra L. Clark
  • Cathelean Steele
  • Pamela A. Bridgeman
  • Tiffany Moore
  • Dr. Velita Streat

 

One of the main topics of the event was a discussion to raise awareness about Lupus. Key speakers discussed their experiences around LUPUS and the struggles it caused in their lives. The discussions about raising awareness about Lupus were very detailed. Survivors of Lupus Monica Nakia Ellis and Janelle Moore went to great lengths to help people understand the disease's difficulties. Dr. Debra L. Clark assisted in understanding the perspective of a family member or friend who is watching a loved one suffer from Lupus. The efforts of fundraisers were commended, but more support, awareness, and funds are needed to combat this disease.

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2022 Honorees and SBA Guest Speakers

PHOTO ABOVE: Front row: Dr. Velita Streat, Janelle Moore, Tiana Marshall, GA SEN. Sonya Halpern, Cathelean Steele, Pamela A. Bridgeman, J’Lyn Furby, Jansen Killian, Janna Jones. Back row: Chef Tiffany Moore, Dr. Debra L. Clark, Dr. Reina Cubbage, Ph.D. (SBA-ACE LOANS), Robert Ware (SBA), LaKeisha Roberts, Monica Nakia Ellis, Nicole Hughley, Yemi Yasin

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