On this episode of “The Dr Dionne Show,” we address the issue of mental illness, its stigma, and why so many Americans are forced to suffer in silence without much needed compassion and support. You will hear expert commentary from representatives of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Georgia Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) – Captain Jay Eisner, Dekalb County Police Department, and Ms. Lori Brickman, CIT Coordinator, as well as the emotional testimony of mental health public speaker, Ms. Cassia Gold.
LORI BRICKMAN/NATIONAL ALLIANCE ON MENTAL ILLNESS (NAMI)
Lori Brickman serves as a Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training coordinator for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) in Georgia, connecting mental health professionals with NAMI GA CIT presentation opportunities. As a mental health advocate, she meets, partners with, and connects daily with individuals and corporations interested in, in need of, and committed to mental health resources, funding, education and advocacy. You may contact her at email@example.com for any NAMI GA sponsorship inquiries.
Lori also serves as Board Chair of Creative Community Services, a nonprofit organization serving foster youth and adults with disabilities, based in Norcross, GA. She is also the Vice Chair of the Dekalb County Misdemeanor Mental Health Court Board of Directors.
JAY EISNER/DEKALB COUNTY POLICE DEPARTMENT
Captain Jay M. Eisner is the Special Victims Unit Commander with the Dekalb County Police Department. He has gone through the CIT police training and offers a police officer’s perspective dealing with citizens with mental illness. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CASSIA GOLD/NAMI MEMBER
Cassia Gold is a spoken word artist, fashion designer and mental health public speaker. She can be reached at email@example.com and on Twitter @iamcassiagold
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HOST: DR. DIONNE WRIGHT POULTON
Dionne Wright Poulton, Ph.D., is an HR and Leadership Consultant, Educator, Author, Speaker, and Owner of Poulton Consulting Group, LLC (PCG), an HR and Leadership Consulting business specializing in diversity and inclusion, equity, bias, intercultural communication, adult learning, adult behavior, and conflict mediation. Since its inception in 2004, PCG has worked with a wide range of diverse clients in the US and Canada, including in the San Francisco tech and digital marketing industry, K-12 schools, higher education, and many corporate and service industries. Poulton Consulting Group (PCG) is also a government-approved business for local, state and federal level contracts.
Dr. Wright Poulton is also author of the acclaimed book “It’s Not Always Racist…but Sometimes It Is,” which is an extension of her PhD dissertation at the University of Georgia where she researched the racial biases and assumptions of teachers. Her book has received incredible attention, including an outstanding review from world-renowned Kirkus Media. She is also a certified K-12 teacher whose work is inspired by her 16 years of cumulative experiences as a high school teacher and university instructor in public and private institutions in Canada and the United States. Additionally, Dr. Wright Poulton has earned professional degrees from San Francisco State University (M.A.), the University of Toronto/OISE (B.Ed.), and from Rice University (B.A.) in Houston, Texas as a former NCAA Division I track and field scholarship athlete.
In 2014, Profiles In Diversity Journal identified Dr. Wright Poulton as “A Woman to Watch.” She has also been invited for social commentary in print media in the United States and the United Kingdom, as well as for numerous radio shows, including on CBS radio stations in Atlanta, Georgia, and on Tavis Smiley’s Radio Show. Excitingly, the “Dr Dionne Show” debuted in September 2016 on Business RadioX and with a focus on smart dialogue about diversity, leadership and behavior in the workplace and beyond.
Dr. Wright Poulton is originally from Toronto, Canada and is also a former member of Canada’s National Track and Field Team. She currently lives with her husband and their two daughters in Snellville, Georgia.
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