Through a contract with the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD), Camden Connection manages health initiatives and strategies that aim to reduce the percentage of Camden youth who engage in unhealthy behaviors.
This evidence-based social strategy uses positive, inclusive messaging to show youth and young adults that most of their peers are not participating in destructive behavior, such as drinking alcohol.
The Compliancy Check Program combats the illegal sale of alcohol by local alcohol retailers to underage buyers through education and oversight. TIPS is an education and training program for the responsible service, sale and consumption of alcohol. Camden Connection will be providing TIPS training.
Camden Connection partners with Camden County Schools to implement evidence-based curriculum within both Camden and St. Marys Middle Schools. Sources of Strength teaches resilience and self-esteem building techniques and approaches to life.
This initiative provides and distributes literature to assist people who want to quit smoking and prevents smoking and vaping among youth.
We strive to raise awareness by providing educational material and resources regarding suicide prevention and suicide burden in Camden and Brantley counties.
Gate Keeper Training is an important tool used to equip a population, both citizens and professionals, with the skills to appropriately respond to crisis. Camden Connection has Certified Question Persuade Refer (QPR) Trainers. QPR is designed to enable the average citizen to recognize signs of suicidal ideation and to follow up with the appropriate action. Other types of Gate Keeper Training include CPI, nonviolent crisis intervention training that is often used by healthcare professionals, and the Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) program, which is used by law enforcement agencies.
Camden Connection currently partners with Southeast Georgia Health System-Camden Campus to identify local opportunities in healthcare and law enforcement that if pursued could promote increased un-interruption of mental healthcare for people in vulnerable positions.