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Self-Care: Taking on the Gratitude Challenge

Beth Hess - Friday, November 16, 2018
by MCF Clinical Supervisor Ronnie Biemans, MA, LCPC From time to time when I encounter a challenging moment or when someone I hold dear is struggling, I think of a particular song from The Sound of Music, a movie musical I enjoyed as a child. The song is “My Favorite Things” and goes like this: “Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens, bright copper kettles and war ..

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Changes to Maryland’s Residential Treatment Centers

Beth Hess - Wednesday, November 07, 2018
Residential Treatment Centers (RTCs) are psychiatric institutions that are designed to care for, treat and educate children whose problems are so severe and chronic that they require an environment that is supervised 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. While most youth can be served in their homes and communities, others have more complex issues and at times may pose a danger to ..

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How Family Voices Influence State Policies: Education

Beth Hess - Wednesday, October 24, 2018
Informed by our work with thousands of Maryland families, MCF staff participate on more than 100 committees and boards at the state and local level. We advocate to improve systems that impact individuals with behavioral health challenges, and work to ensure the needs and perspectives of families are heard. Beginning this month, we’ll be sharing profiles on some of the ..

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Self-Care: Why Not Give Poetry a Try?

Beth Hess - Wednesday, October 17, 2018
by MCF Clinical Supervisor Ronnie Biemans, MA, LCPC The vibrant season. Chroma of amber and rust. Nature’s masterpiece. – Robyn Noble When we read this 3-line haiku poem on autumn, images of this season emerge in a different but very vivid way. Perhaps your memories of poetry involve school day English classes with required memorization that ..

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October is National Bullying Prevention Month

Beth Hess - Monday, October 08, 2018
Bullying can have both short- and long-term effects on everyone involved. While most research on bullying has been about children and adolescents who have been bullied, those who bully others are also negatively impacted. There is even research that shows witnessing bullying can impact us. This National Bullying Prevention Month learn more about the consequences of ..

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Accepting Applications: Baltimore City Family Leadership Retreat

Beth Hess - Monday, October 01, 2018
Baltimore City and Baltimore County parents and caregivers of school-age children with mental health challenges are invited to join other caregivers in a free, two-day retreat to empower you to be a stronger advocate for your child The retreat, held November 2 and 3 at Baltimore's Inner Harbor, provides a welcoming space for you to learn how to help your child by: c ..

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Passionate About MCF’s Work? Serve on Our Board!

Beth Hess - Friday, September 28, 2018
MCF's Board of Directors is seeking nominations for volunteers to serve on its Board. Our Board consists of both caregivers and professionals who share a passion for MCF’s mission. We are currently seeking nominations for individuals with any of the following skills, experiences or attributes: Parents or caregivers who care for children or young adults with substan ..

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Maryland’s New Crisis Hotline Number - 211

Beth Hess - Thursday, September 27, 2018
Maryland recently introduced a new (and easier to remember) crisis hotline number: call 211 press 1. This hotline handles calls related to both mental health and substance use concerns, and provides support, guidance and assistance. Help is available 24/7. This hotline number replaces the previously used 1-800-322-0009. Additional crisis resources: Texting - In ad ..

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Self Care: Connecting with Nature

Beth Hess - Thursday, September 13, 2018
by MCF Clinical Supervisor Ronnie Biemans, MA, LCPC The other day I took a few minutes to myself during a busy day to sit outside. I closed my eyes, and turned inward. Following my own breath and engaging my senses, I noticed the amazing waves of sound as the cicadas called to one another. Very soon I felt calmed and grounded by this experience. The sound came and went, ..

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You Can Play a Role in Preventing Suicide

Beth Hess - Wednesday, September 05, 2018
Did you know, that in the US: Suicides consistently outnumber homicides In recent years the suicide rate has increased Suicide is the second leading cause of death for American youth ages 15-19 and the third leading cause for youth ages 10-24 49% of people struggling with gambling disorder have thoughts of committing suicide During this, Sui ..

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