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Self-Care: Getting a Good Night’s Sleep

Beth Hess - Thursday, September 14, 2017
We know that sleep has a profound impact on our health, including mental health. In addition to helping us tackle a day’s challenges, getting the recommended seven to nine hours of sleep a night can help maintain brain health, both cognitive functioning and memory. Lack of adequate sleep can contribute to a number of mental health problems, including depression and anxiet ..

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National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

Beth Hess - Wednesday, September 06, 2017
(https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/)Suicide is the second-leading cause of death between the ages of 10 and 24. The suicide rate among older teenage girls hit a 40-year high in 2015, according to newly released data from the National Center for Health Statistics. As part of National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, we’re sharing information and resourc ..

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International Overdose Awareness Day and National Recovery Month

Beth Hess - Tuesday, August 22, 2017
Communities throughout Maryland will recognize International Overdose Awareness Day (https://www.overdoseday.com/) on August 31 and National Recovery Month (https://www.recoverymonth.gov/) in September. International Overdose Awareness Day aims to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of a drug-related death. It also acknowledges the grief felt by families  ..

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Non-Public Schools and Special Education

Beth Hess - Friday, August 18, 2017
Have you heard the term “non-public” and wondered how it differed from a private school? In Maryland, schools initially are identified as being either public or non-public. The non-public schools are further distinguished as being either “private pay” (which are commonly referred to as “private”) or “special education,” and are c ..

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Getting Ready for a Successful School Year

Beth Hess - Monday, August 14, 2017
It’s still HOT outside, but summer is fast drawing to a close. As students across Maryland get ready to go back to school, we checked in with MCF Family Peer Support Specialist Sherri Allen who works in Somerset County schools through Project AWARE. The goal of Project AWARE is to help school personnel identify children and youth with mental health needs, and connect them ..

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Respite Services for Families of Children with Mental Health Needs: A Scarce Resource

Beth Hess - Wednesday, August 09, 2017
Respite is a service that is designed so that caregivers can get a break from the stress of providing care for a loved one with significant special needs, thereby promoting the capacity of people with disabilities or disorders to remain in the community. Respite is provided in different ways across age groups (e.g. senior care) and across disabilities. For families of children  ..

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LGBTQ: What do those letters mean?

Beth Hess - Tuesday, August 01, 2017
This is the first in a series of articles exploring LGBTQ issues from the youth perspective. This post is contributed by Rowan Powell of Own Our Own of Maryland’s Transitional Age Youth Outreach (TAY) Project. As a young LGBTQ adult I spend a considerable portion of my life explaining to people what it means when I say that I identify as “Pansexual.&rdquo ..

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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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Action Alert: Call TODAY about the Health Care Bill

Beth Hess - Monday, July 24, 2017
See the below action alert from FREDLA (http://www.fredla.org) and contact your senator today! Capitol Hill Update - Monday, July 24, 2017 While we still do not know which health care bill the Senate will consider on Tuesday, we have gotten confirmation this weekend that a vote will happen tomorrow. There are different versions of various bills under consideration. No ..

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Self-Care: Support Groups

Beth Hess - Thursday, July 20, 2017
Support groups bring together people facing similar issues. A support group can help you cope better and feel less isolated as you make connections with others who are experiencing similar challenges. Usually a support group is led by a person who has received some training, but unlike formal group therapy, support groups are usually not led by a professional therapist.  ..

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