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Youth Mental Health First Aid: Sponsor a Training

Beth Hess - Thursday, October 01, 2015
MCF has a federal grant to provide Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) trainings at no cost to participants. We have trainers across Maryland. If your organization would like to sponsor a training, please contact Ann Geddes, ageddes@mdcoalition.org or 410-730-8267 x106. OVERVIEW Youth Mental Health First Aid USA is an 8-hour public education program which int ..

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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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Third Annual Youth Leadership Retreat a Success

Diane Park - Thursday, July 16, 2015
Taking Flight, in partnership with On Our Own Maryland's Transitional Age Youth Outreach (TAY) Project, hosted the 3rd Annual Young Adult Leadership Retreat. The Retreat was held June 17-19 at North Bay Adventures in North East, Md. This year was our largest Retreat yet, with 42 participants. This year MCF also had four new staff members to help make sure everything ra ..

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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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The Children's Mental Health Matters! Campaign

Diane Park - Thursday, May 28, 2015
Thank you to the more than 200 community partners and school champions who joined MCF and the Mental Health Association of Maryland in this year's Children's Mental Health Matters! Campaign. Highlights for the 2015 campaign included two youth panels at UMBC and the University of Maryland at College Park, a flash mob at UMBC, proclamations by the Governor and the towns o ..

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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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15th Annual Luncheon Celebration

Diane Park - Wednesday, May 06, 2015
On May 1st, 150 partners from across the state joined MCF at the BWI Hilton for its Annual Luncheon Celebration. Now in its 15th year, the Luncheon brought partners together to celebrate children’s mental health and honor our 2015 awardees. Awards were presented to Laci McCusker, who received the Youth Award, Robyn Quinter, who received the Jan Yocum dé Cal ..

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Congratulations 2015 FLI Graduates

Diane Park - Thursday, April 02, 2015
On March 21, MCF was pleased to recognize its 11th class of Family Leadership Institute (FLI) graduates. This intensive 60-hour, six-weekend training experience is designed to train caregivers to become advocates in their communities and at the state level. The 2015 class was comprised of 24 caregivers from across the state, including great-grandmothers, grandmothers,  ..

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Children's Mental Health Day in Annapolis

Diane Park - Friday, March 20, 2015
On February 25th about 100 family members, youth, advocates, legislators and their staff gathered at the Maryland Inn for MCF's Mental Health Day in Annapolis. We were fortunate to have Secretary Van Mitchell, recently appointed to lead the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, attend and say a few words. Also two legislators with a long history of supporting mental heal ..

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Naloxone

Diane Park - Friday, February 20, 2015
Opioid use disorders and opioid overdose are growing problems in the United States and, specifically, Maryland. Some examples of opioids include oxycodone, methadone, fentanyl, codeine, and heroin. The vast majority of these agents are obtained when patients’ prescriptions are shared, sold, or stolen. However, some opioids are produced on the street, such as heroin an ..

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