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Help Raise Awareness of International Overdose Awareness Day, National Recovery Month

Anika Swartz - Friday, August 30, 2019
Like other chronic diseases such as diabetes and hypertension, substance use disorders can be successfully managed with proper treatment, yet less than 10% of people in need of treatment receive it. September, recognized as National Recovery Month (https://www.recoverymonth.gov/), offers an opportunity for each of us to help raise awareness and understanding of substan ..

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How Carroll County Significantly Decreased Opioid Deaths

Anika Swartz - Wednesday, August 21, 2019
Carroll County experienced a significant decline in opioid overdose deaths and non-fatal overdoses over the period January – June 2018 versus January – June 2019. Opioid-related deaths decreased from 33 during the first half of 2018 to 13 during the first half of 2019 (a decline of 60%), and non-fatal opioid overdoses decreased from 293 to 194 (a decline of 33%). This is pa ..

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Why Teens Aren’t Getting Enough Sleep

Anika Swartz - Wednesday, August 21, 2019
According to Johns Hopkins pediatrician Michael Crocetti, M.D., M.P.H., teens need 9 to 9½ hours of sleep per night. “Teenagers are going through a second developmental stage of cognitive maturation…Additional sleep supports their developing brain, as well as physical growth spurts.” Yet most teens are getting much less than 9 to 9 ½ hours of sleep each night. Wh ..

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Heading Back to School: Tips for Success

Anika Swartz - Wednesday, August 21, 2019
As a Family Peer Support Specialist, I often work with families who have children who have challenges in school. I understand that the start of a school year can be particularly stressful, so I want to share some of the tips that have helped my family and those that I work with. These tips range from attitude adjustments to finding resources to practicing packing lunches! T ..

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Marijuana: Facts and Fiction Quiz

Anika Swartz - Wednesday, July 31, 2019
Marijuana has been used, both legally and illegally for many years, but there are still many misconceptions about it—especially when it comes to its use by teens. The legalization of marijuana for both recreational and medicinal use has been growing rapidly across the country, so it’s critical that parents arm themselves with the latest information. Take the 5-questio ..

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New Laws Allow School Absences for Mental Health

Anika Swartz - Wednesday, July 31, 2019
Bullying. Depression and anxiety. Raising suicide rates. Social media. Mass shootings. Today’s students are grappling with a wide range of issues inside the classroom and beyond. In a powerful movement led by high school students, lawmakers in Utah and Oregon have recently recognized the importance of the mental health of their students by allowing them to take mental healt ..

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Alcohol: The Lesser Known Killer

Anika Swartz - Friday, May 31, 2019
In the midst of the opioid tragedy, it is important to not lose sight of another common addiction—alcohol. It is estimated that alcohol causes about 88,000 deaths annually and is the third leading preventable cause of death in the US. Because alcohol consumption is legal for those over age 21, we sometimes forget the serious consequences of alcohol abuse. Ther ..

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Children’s Mental Health Matters! Campaign: The Biggest Year Yet!

Anika Swartz - Friday, May 31, 2019
May was National Mental Health Awareness Month and MCF was engaged in a number of activities to raise awareness of the importance of children’s mental health. Each year, in coordination with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)’s National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day, the Mental Health Association of Maryland and Maryland Coalitio ..

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Promoting Behavioral Health at the State Level

Anika Swartz - Tuesday, April 30, 2019
by MCF Director of Public Policy Ann Geddes—During the state’s legislative session which ended earlier this month, MCF advocated for behavioral health funding and legislation. Our Director of Public Policy, Ann Geddes, tracked legislation, submitted testimony and supported families to have their voices heard by legislators. Below, see a list of recent bills related to ..

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Reducing Suicide and Other Risks for LGBT Children

Nicki Gardes - Friday, March 29, 2019
by MCF Director of Public Policy Ann Geddes Some caregivers are upset upon learning that their child is gay or transgender – they may believe that homosexuality and gender non-conformity are wrong, abnormal or harmful. This negative response can manifest itself in a number of ways – caregivers might prohibit their child from having a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, ..

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