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Language Choices and Stigma

Beth Hess - Wednesday, June 27, 2018
Last month we shared examples of stigmatizing language around substance use disorders (/blog/changing-stigmatizing-language-around-substance-use-disorders) and changes we can each make to our language to help combat stigma. There is also language around mental health disorders that is stigmatizing. We each have an opportunity to make changes to the words we use in describin ..

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Your Input is Needed: Survey on Parity in Mental Health and Substance Use Services

Beth Hess - Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Your Input is Needed MCF is working with the Maryland Parity at 10 Campaign to disseminate a consumer survey (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Z975WPC) to help us understand consumer experiences when seeking mental health and substance use disorder (MH/SUD) treatment through insurance coverage. With 290 people dying every day from either drug overdose or suicide, your respo ..

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Communities Raise Awareness of the Importance of Children’s Mental Health

Beth Hess - Thursday, June 07, 2018
Thank you to more than 600 local school (https://www.childrensmentalhealthmatters.org/school-champions/2018-school-champions/) and community (https://www.childrensmentalhealthmatters.org/school-champions/2017-community-champions/) champions. This year’s Children’s Mental Health Matters! Campaign (http://www.childrensmentalhealthmatters.org/) raised awareness of the importan ..

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Gambling and the Family

Beth Hess - Thursday, May 31, 2018
Problem gambling is not just an individual problem, but can disrupt entire families. Help is available and recovery is possible for families who are dealing with a gambling addiction. Warning signs there may be a problem: Preoccupation with gambling Unexplained debt or other financial problems Unaccounted for mood changes Isolation and withdrawal fr ..

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Feeling Shut Out: Staying Involved in Your Young Adult’s Behavioral Health Treatment after Age 18

Beth Hess - Monday, May 28, 2018
The transition to adulthood can be lengthy and difficult for young adults. Data shows that in 2014, 32.1% of 18–34 year-olds lived in their parents’ homes (Pew Research Center). This is the highest point in 75 years, and likely due to a variety of social and economic reasons. For young adults with behavioral health challenges, the transition to adulthood can be longer a ..

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Self-Care: Combating Overwork

Beth Hess - Friday, May 25, 2018
by MCF Clinical Supervisor Ronnie Biemans, MA, LCPC Are you thinking about work 24/7? Do you find yourself checking email after the end of the workday or during the weekend? Is there no end to your workday? If you answered, “yes,” you are not alone. Overwork has become a common American phenomenon. Here are some interesting statistics: In a recent national survey, 5 ..

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Your Voice Matters: Getting Ready for the Next Election

Beth Hess - Monday, May 21, 2018
2018 is an important election year for Marylanders. In addition to the Governor and Lieutenant Governor, many other national and state political offices are up for election. It is important to register to vote and then to exercise your right to vote. Primary elections are coming up – they will be held on June 26, and you must be registered to vote before June 5 to parti ..

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Changing Stigmatizing Language around Substance Use Disorders

Beth Hess - Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Language matters. The language that we use to discuss substance use disorders can perpetuate stigma. And stigma against those with a substance use disorder can impact people’s willingness to seek help – for fear that they will be judged or discriminated against. Below are some examples of language associated with substance use disorders, and preferred terms that we can each ..

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Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Their Impact on Brain Development

Beth Hess - Friday, May 11, 2018
You might have heard talk lately about “ACEs” and wondered what it meant. ACEs is short for “Adverse Childhood Experiences.” Between 1995 and 1997, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention along with Kaiser Permanente conducted a study about ACEs with more than 17,000 participants. In the study, they looked at ten identified “Adverse Childhood Experiences” Physica ..

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May 6-12: Celebrate Children's Mental Health Awareness Week

Beth Hess - Sunday, May 06, 2018
With the help of more than 400 School Champions and 150 Community Champions registered to take part in the 2018 Children's Mental Health Matters! Campaign (http://www.childrensmentalhealthmatters.org), communities across Maryland will join us in raising awareness of the importance of children’s mental health this May 6-12. Visit the Campaign website (https://www.childr ..

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