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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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Is Your Child Experiencing the Winter Blahs?

Beth Hess - Wednesday, December 28, 2016
Tips on Spotting Seasonal Affective Disorder Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that emerges in the fall and winter months when there are fewer hours of daylight and then lifts in the spring and summer. While it has not been well-researched in children and adolescents, studies estimate that 3% - 5% of youth aged 9-17 experience SAD. SAD is more common ..

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Seeking Help with Problems at School

Beth Hess - Friday, October 14, 2016
By the time October rolls around, the excitement of the new school year wears off and the honeymoon period that many children have in the beginning of the school year is over. Children and youth with behavioral health needs may be experiencing problems – with academics, social/emotional skills or behaviors. If you have concerns about your child, you should discuss ..

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A New Service: Targeted Case Management (TCM) Plus

Beth Hess - Thursday, August 25, 2016
The Behavioral Health Administration has initiated a new program designed to support children and youth with intensive mental health and/or substance use issues and their families, called TCM Plus. TCM Plus provides services in addition to those provided by Targeted Case Management (TCM). They include family-to-family peer support and funding for customized goods and servic ..

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What Helps/What Harms Report Released

Beth Hess - Thursday, April 28, 2016
Taking Flight, MCF’s Youth Council, is excited to announce the release of the What Helps/What Harms report. The report is intended to spark meaningful conversation about changes that can be made to improve services and outcomes for young people in Maryland. What Helps/What Harms was a collaborative effort between Taking Flight and On Our Own of Maryland’s Tran ..

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October is National Bullying Prevention Month

Beth Hess - Tuesday, October 06, 2015
(http://www.stopbullying.gov/image-gallery/what-you-need-to-know-infographic.pdf)Bullying is a common experience for many children and adolescents. Surveys indicate that as many as half of all children are bullied at some time during their school years, and at least 10% are bullied on a regular basis. Bullying behavior can be physical or verbal. Boys tend to use physic ..

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Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Diane Park - Thursday, July 23, 2015
(Adapted from an article by Arlene Karidis, “Still more questions than answers about how to treat ADHD,” The Washington Post, June 1, 2015) The Centers for Disease Control and prevention reports that 11 percent of U.S. children age 4-17 (one out of nine) had been diagnosed with ADHD as of 2011. Yet health care professionals, educators and patient advocat ..

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The Use of Mental Health Services by Children and Adolescents

Diane Park - Wednesday, June 17, 2015
If you think that more children and youth are being treated for mental health disorders than 15 years ago, you are correct. A study published in the May 2015 New England Journal of Medicine shows that between 1996-1998 and 2010-2012, the use of outpatient mental health services by youth aged 6-17 increased from 9.2% to 13.3%. At the same time, the use of psychotropic medica ..

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Trauma-Informed Care

Diane Park - Thursday, May 21, 2015
Children with behavioral health needs often have a history of trauma. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Agency (SAMHSA) defines trauma in the following way: Individual trauma results from an event, series of events, or set of circumstances that is experienced by an individual as physically or emotionally harmful or life threatening and that has lasting adve ..

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