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MCF Hosts Connections Conference

Beth Hess - Friday, October 09, 2015
At MCF's 3rd Annual Connections Conference on September 26, more than 170 parents, caregivers, providers and experts in the field came together to “connect” and learn more about children with mental health, substance use and other behavioral health needs and families. Dr. Neal Horen, Director of the Early Childhood Division at Georgetown University's Center  ..

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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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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 r ..

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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 1, 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 Caleron Advocacy A ..

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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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