The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) honors Dr. Lynn Tyson of Augusta, Georgia, as one of 22 "Exemplary Psychiatrists" in the United States on May 25, 2010, at the !American Psychiatric Association (APA) annual conference in New Orleans!.
"We are proud to honor these psychiatrists for their exceptional dedication to people living with mental illness," said NAMI national executive director Michael J. Fitzpatrick.
The Augusta, Georgia affiliate of NAMI will hold a local ceremony honoring Dr. Tyson on July 1, 2010.
NAMI's "Exemplary Psychiatrists Awards", honor psychiatrists who have "gone the extra mile" in their commitment to excellent care, reducing the stigma surrounding mental illness and working closely with NAMI members in their communities on public education and advocacy.
This is the 20th consecutive year that NAMI has presented the awards.
Born in Savannah, Dr. Tyson has spent her entire life in eastern Georgia, completing her medical education and residency at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, where she serves today as Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry.
Dr. Tyson has practiced as a community psychiatrist in public mental health clinics and hospitals in the Savannah River region for two decades, offering the finest and most compassionate care to underserved populations. Dr. Tyson is ever humble, expressing her gratitude for the privilege to participate in the lives of her patients and their families.
Dr. Tyson is currently the Medical Director of AmericanWork, Inc. in Augusta. AmericanWork, Inc. is a provider of behavioral health services under contract with the State of Georgia to provide mental health and addictive disease treatment to persons who otherwise would be unable to afford care.
Dr. Tyson has been a member of NAMI, Augusta, Georgia, Inc. continuously since 1993. For the past several years she has served as a valuable and trusted Board Advisor, appointed by the Board of Directors. She actively participates in NAMI activities, along with her husband, Philip Horton, MD, who is also a psychiatrist practicing locally. Dr. Tyson was named "Mental Health Provider of the Year" by NAMI Augusta in 2003.
Dr. Tyson has a special gift for nurturing spirituality as a healer. In 2002, Dr. Tyson co-founded the Coalition for Mental and Spiritual Health Ministries of the CSRA (Central Savannah River Area). She has been continuously involved in leadership of this organization, which is co-sponsored by NAMI Augusta, through to the present day where she continues to serve as Secretary.
Dr. Tyson's Coalition, to date, has coordinated twelve inter-denominational community wide services held at different CSRA churches for all whose lives have been touched by mental illness as well as for caregivers and health care providers. These services bring together clergy and congregants of all faiths, and are hosted on a rotating basis in both predominantly African-American and Caucasian churches.
In addition, Dr. Tyson has volunteered to coordinate nine annual seminars held at the Medical College of Georgia for local congregational leaders on mental health issues. Last year's event convened more than 100 community participants.