There is a new app that is designed to help young people who are experiencing a crisis. This includes things such as substance-use disorders and mental illness.
Brian Kemp, who is the governor of Georgia, teamed up with other legislators to create the Georgia Crisis and Access Line. It provides people with a 24/7 hotline that they can call if they are in crisis. Brian stated that he and his wife had travelled across the state. He realized that there was a mental health crisis in this country.
Brian also stated that he and the Georgia legislators will be taking additional steps to promote mental health. He said that in addition to promoting the mental health crisis health, he will be making sure that schools have extra security and mental health intervention tolls.
Judy Fitzgerald works for the Department of the Behavior Health & Developmental Disabilities Commissioner. She has recognized Brian Kemp for the work that he has done with the company. Judy said that when many people are struggling with an issue, they are more likely to reach out someone via text instead of phone call. She said that the GCAL app is like a lifeline for people who need help.
People can download the app on their Android and Apple phones. The app has staff members available who can address a crisis and make the appropriate referrals. Marty Kemp, who is Brian’s wife, stated that the youth of today are under an enormous amount of pressure. The problems that the youth face every day can take a toll on their mental and physical health.
Brian and Marty have three teenaged daughters, so they understand all of the struggles that the kids today face. Marty stated that she and her husband are committed to helping young people fight through the issues.