Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Posted by: Staci Bratcher
On Wednesday, February 15th, the Georgia Psychological Association held a Mind/Body Health Fair at the State Capitol. The event was planned by the GPA Public Education Committee with two main goals. First, we wanted to educate the legislators and their staff about our profession and the role that Psychology plays within Georgia’s health care system. As a part of this initiative, the Public Education Committee is promoting the message that “Psychology is Primary Care.” Given that over 70% of visits to primary care physicians are for psychosocial concerns and that lifestyle factors play significant roles in many chronic health conditions, it is easy to see how we are on the front lines of health care in Georgia.
The second goal of the Mind/Body Health Fair was to inform the general public about behavioral health and to decrease the stigma associated with seeing a psychologist for mental health concerns. With this in mind, we presented 6 tables with a variety of topics ranging from traumatic stress and violence to stress and mind/body health. Each table offered the public research-based information to help them better understand the impact of psychological concerns on their lives. Psychologists were available at each table to answer any questions from Fair visitors.
The Fair was a great success thanks to the efforts of all of our volunteers, both licensed psychologists and psychology students. Additionally, Representative Pat Gardner and Senator Elena Parent each sponsored a resolution declaring February 15, 2017 as Psychology Day at the State Capitol and commended the Georgia Psychological Association and its members for their dedicated service to the people of Georgia. Moreover, there was a Proclamation by Governor Nathan Deal recognizing that day as “Psychology Day.”
If you would like to become active on the GPA Public Education Committee, please contact Dr. Kip Matthews at email@example.com.