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My Son’s Struggle with Mental Health and Substance Use – A Mom’s Story

Beth Hess - Monday, August 13, 2018
People with mental health disorders are more likely than others to experience an alcohol or substance use disorder. The term “co-occurring mental health and substance use disorder” is used to describe this. Research around co-occurring disorders in young people is limited, but it is estimated that 60 to 75 percent of adolescents who have mental health issues also have subst ..

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Hope – a Pathway to Help

Beth Hess - Tuesday, August 07, 2018
“Stay encouraged.” If you talk to MCF Family Peer Support Specialist Sherri Allen by phone or email, you’ll hear these words at the end of the conversation. It’s one way she reminds you that, no matter how hard things feel now, she’s there to support you in staying hopeful. You’ll hear that same message of hope—in their own words—from every member of MCF ..

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Self-Care: When the Heat Gets to Be Too Much for You, Chill Out

Beth Hess - Thursday, July 26, 2018
by MCF Clinical Supervisor Ronnie Biemans, MA, LCPC We are deep into the summer now. Phew! What do you do with those kids when the temperatures soar and school is out? How do you keep your sanity and enjoy your family time as much as possible? We often get so preoccupied getting kids scheduled and constructively occupied that we forget that the down time of the summer  ..

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School Safety Bill Could Increase Behavioral Health Services in Schools

Beth Hess - Thursday, July 19, 2018
On the last day of the 2018 Maryland legislative session, in response to the school violence that has been occurring across the country, “The Safe to Learn Act of 2018 (http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/webmga/frmMain.aspx?id=sb1265&stab=01&pid=billpage&tab=subject3&ys=2018RS)” passed. The bill requires a number of measures that are aimed at improving school safety ..

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Language Choices and Stigma

Beth Hess - Wednesday, June 27, 2018
Last month we shared examples of stigmatizing language around substance use disorders (/blog/changing-stigmatizing-language-around-substance-use-disorders) and changes we can each make to our language to help combat stigma. There is also language around mental health disorders that is stigmatizing. We each have an opportunity to make changes to the words we use in describin ..

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Your Input is Needed: Survey on Parity in Mental Health and Substance Use Services

Beth Hess - Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Your Input is Needed MCF is working with the Maryland Parity at 10 Campaign to disseminate a consumer survey (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Z975WPC) to help us understand consumer experiences when seeking mental health and substance use disorder (MH/SUD) treatment through insurance coverage. With 290 people dying every day from either drug overdose or suicide, your respo ..

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Communities Raise Awareness of the Importance of Children’s Mental Health

Beth Hess - Thursday, June 07, 2018
Thank you to more than 600 local school (https://www.childrensmentalhealthmatters.org/school-champions/2018-school-champions/) and community (https://www.childrensmentalhealthmatters.org/school-champions/2017-community-champions/) champions. This year’s Children’s Mental Health Matters! Campaign (http://www.childrensmentalhealthmatters.org/) raised awareness of the importan ..

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Gambling and the Family

Beth Hess - Thursday, May 31, 2018
Problem gambling is not just an individual problem, but can disrupt entire families. Help is available and recovery is possible for families who are dealing with a gambling addiction. Warning signs there may be a problem: Preoccupation with gambling Unexplained debt or other financial problems Unaccounted for mood changes Isolation and withdrawal fr ..

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Feeling Shut Out: Staying Involved in Your Young Adult’s Behavioral Health Treatment after Age 18

Beth Hess - Monday, May 28, 2018
The transition to adulthood can be lengthy and difficult for young adults. Data shows that in 2014, 32.1% of 18–34 year-olds lived in their parents’ homes (Pew Research Center). This is the highest point in 75 years, and likely due to a variety of social and economic reasons. For young adults with behavioral health challenges, the transition to adulthood can be longer a ..

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Self-Care: Combating Overwork

Beth Hess - Friday, May 25, 2018
by MCF Clinical Supervisor Ronnie Biemans, MA, LCPC Are you thinking about work 24/7? Do you find yourself checking email after the end of the workday or during the weekend? Is there no end to your workday? If you answered, “yes,” you are not alone. Overwork has become a common American phenomenon. Here are some interesting statistics: In a recent national survey, 5 ..

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