Beth Hess - Thursday, December 21, 2017
Suicide is now the second leading cause of death among young people ages 10-24. Youth who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Transgender (LGBT), are at significantly greater risk of attempting suicide than non-LGBT youth. Increased bullying by peers, parental rejection and societal stigma all contribute to this greater risk. The results from the 2014-2015 Youth Risk Beha ..
Beth Hess - Wednesday, December 20, 2017
MCF’s work supporting families of young people with substance use challenges has been recognized with a national award for innovation in programming.
Presented by FREDLA (the Family-Run Executive Director Leadership Association), the award recognized MCF for expanding its work to provide family peer support to parents and caregivers of young people with sub ..
Beth Hess - Monday, December 18, 2017
Beginning this month, MCF Clinical Supervisor Ronnie Biemans, MA, LCPC, will be sharing helpful hints for parents and caregivers to help practice self-care and wellness. We’re kicking off this series with Ronnie’s top five self-care practices to help you start off the New Year.
Taking care of ourselves through the practice of self-care helps us not only to sur ..
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 ..
Beth Hess - Friday, December 15, 2017
The Nutritional Neuroscience Lab at American University is conducting a study to assess the effects of food additive consumption in children ages 8-12 years old with and without ADHD. This study will test the effects of MSG and food coloring, alone and in combination, on behavior, cognitive function, and brain activity. The study consists of a 5-week dietary intervention, w ..
Beth Hess - Monday, December 11, 2017
Your Veteran is a hero. Now it’s your turn. Wives, sisters, uncles, grandparents—anyone can be a hero to their returning Veteran simply by gaining a better understanding of the common challenges they face when adjusting to post-deployment life. Family of Heroes (http://www.familyofheroes.com/maryland), a free, award-winning interactive role-play simulation, shows yo ..
Beth Hess - Friday, December 08, 2017
Is your child age 8-10 and interested in being part of the largest, long-term study on child development in the U.S.?
The University of Maryland School of Medicine is now recruiting in the Baltimore area for the national Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) Study
In the study, your child:
Cannot currently have metal braces
Will receive a br ..
Beth Hess - Tuesday, December 05, 2017
With the Maryland legislative session opening on January 10, 2018, and MCF’s Family Day in Annapolis (/events/18th-annual-family-day-in-annapolis) on February 22, now is the time to start preparing yourself to be a good advocate for young people with behavioral health challenges. During the three-month legislative session (ending on April 9 in 2018), thousands of bills wi ..
Beth Hess - Tuesday, November 28, 2017
A sigh of relief. That is what families all over Maryland experience when they connect with Maryland Coalition of Families (MCF).
"Not only did I feel that I finally had the help I needed, but I also felt I was in the company of friends." --Caregiver Families feel relief when met with compassion and respect by some ..
Beth Hess - Monday, November 27, 2017
Perhaps you took a few moments to acknowledge what you are thankful for last Thursday or plan to include thankfulness as part of your holiday or year-end reflections. But did you know that when practiced regularly, gratitude is something that can benefit your body and mind?
Studies have shown that the practice of gratitude can:
Lower blood pressure
Boost your imm ..