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Hope – a Pathway to Help

Beth Hess - Tuesday, August 07, 2018
“Stay encouraged.” If you talk to MCF Family Peer Support Specialist Sherri Allen by phone or email, you’ll hear these words at the end of the conversation. It’s one way she reminds you that, no matter how hard things feel now, she’s there to support you in staying hopeful. You’ll hear that same message of hope—in their own words—from every member of MCF ..

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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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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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Eating Disorders: What Families Should Know

Beth Hess - Friday, February 16, 2018
Eating disorders can affect people of every age, gender, race and socioeconomic group, yet the average age of onset is quite young: 12-13 years. For this reason, it is important for families to be knowledgeable about the disorders. Eating disorders are more prevalent among females than males – 3.8 percent of women are affected versus 1.5 percent of men. National surveys e ..

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Making High School Transition Plans for Students with Mental Health Disabilities

Beth Hess - Monday, February 12, 2018
There are a host of things that families of youth with mental health disabilities (those who qualify for special education services or accommodations) need to think about as they prepare for their child’s transition from the world of high school to the world of continuing education and/or employment. The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) published a transition guide ..

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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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Non-Suicidal Self-injury in Youth

Beth Hess - Thursday, November 09, 2017
Did you know that approximately 15 percent of middle and high school students have reported engaging in non-suicidal self-injury? Rates among college students are even higher, and have been estimated at 17-35 percent. “Non-suicidal self-injury” is the term used to describe any physical intentional harming of oneself without the goal of suicide. It is also sometimes referred to  ..

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Family Peer Support – One Family’s Story

Beth Hess - Friday, July 28, 2017
In May we answered the question, “what is family peer support (http://www.mdcoalition.org/blog/have-you-ever-wondered-what-is-family-peer-support).” This month we are sharing the story of one family who received family peer support from MCF through Targeted Case Management (TCM) Plus (http://www.mdcoalition.org/blog/a-new-service-targeted-case-management-tcm-plus),  ..

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Communities Celebrate Children's Mental Health Awareness Week

Beth Hess - Thursday, May 25, 2017
Thanks to the efforts of more than 500 community and school champions, this year's Children's Mental Health Matters! (http://www.childrensmentalhealthmatters.org/) Campaign raised awareness of the importance of children's mental health in communities across the state in May. Community activities included: “wear green” days; information-sharing at multicultural  ..

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Have you ever wondered, “What is family peer support?”

Beth Hess - Monday, May 22, 2017
“Family peer support” is at the heart of much of MCF’s work with families. Did you know it’s a model followed by many organizations across the country? Early research suggests that family peer support offers a host of benefits to parents and caregivers seeking help for a child with behavioral health needs, including mental health and substance use ch ..

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