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Addressing the Increased Risk of Suicide Amongst LGBT Youth

Beth Hess - Thursday, December 21, 2017
Suicide is now the second leading cause of death among young people ages 10-24. Youth who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Transgender (LGBT), are at significantly greater risk of attempting suicide than non-LGBT youth. Increased bullying by peers, parental rejection and societal stigma all contribute to this greater risk. The results from the 2014-2015 Youth Risk Beha ..

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MCF’s Substance Use Work Receives National Recognition

Beth Hess - Wednesday, December 20, 2017
MCF’s work supporting families of young people with substance use challenges has been recognized with a national award for innovation in programming. Presented by FREDLA (the Family-Run Executive Director Leadership Association), the award recognized MCF for expanding its work to provide family peer support to parents and caregivers of young people with sub ..

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Self-Care: Top Five Recommendations to Take Us into the New Year

Beth Hess - Monday, December 18, 2017
Beginning this month, MCF Clinical Supervisor Ronnie Biemans, MA, LCPC, will be sharing helpful hints for parents and caregivers to help practice self-care and wellness. We’re kicking off this series with Ronnie’s top five self-care practices to help you start off the New Year. Taking care of ourselves through the practice of self-care helps us not only to sur ..

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The New Developmental Disabilities Family Supports Waiver

Beth Hess - Friday, December 15, 2017
The Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) has announced that it will be offering services under the new Family Supports Waiver. The program will provide individual and family supports for children birth to age 21 with developmental disabilities on the DDA Waiting List. DDA expects services under the Waiver to start by February 2018, which will reduce the waitin ..

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Study Seeks Participants: Food Additive Effects on Children with ADHD

Beth Hess - Friday, December 15, 2017
The Nutritional Neuroscience Lab at American University is conducting a study to assess the effects of food additive consumption in children ages 8-12 years old with and without ADHD. This study will test the effects of MSG and food coloring, alone and in combination, on behavior, cognitive function, and brain activity. The study consists of a 5-week dietary intervention, w ..

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Be a Hero to Yours

Beth Hess - Monday, December 11, 2017
Your Veteran is a hero. Now it’s your turn. Wives, sisters, uncles, grandparents—anyone can be a hero to their returning Veteran simply by gaining a better understanding of the common challenges they face when adjusting to post-deployment life. Family of Heroes (http://www.familyofheroes.com/maryland), a free, award-winning interactive role-play simulation, shows yo ..

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Study Seeks Baltimore Area Participants

Beth Hess - Friday, December 08, 2017
Is your child age 8-10 and interested in being part of the largest, long-term study on child development in the U.S.? The University of Maryland School of Medicine is now recruiting in the Baltimore area for the national Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) Study In the study, your child: Cannot currently have metal braces Will receive a br ..

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Preparing for Family Day in Annapolis: Understanding the Legislative Process

Beth Hess - Tuesday, December 05, 2017
With the Maryland legislative session opening on January 10, 2018, and MCF’s Family Day in Annapolis (/events/18th-annual-family-day-in-annapolis) on February 22, now is the time to start preparing yourself to be a good advocate for young people with behavioral health challenges. During the three-month legislative session (ending on April 9 in 2018), thousands of bills wi ..

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