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Maryland’s New Crisis Hotline Number - 211

- 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

- 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

- 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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Call for Artwork

- Wednesday, August 29, 2018
Share your perspective through art Youth and young adults aged 11 to 25 with behavioral health issues, including mental health and substance use challenges, are invited to share their perspective on stigma or recovery through art. Artwork will be shared with the community through a free event this Fall and electronically. Submissions are open to written and visual works. Th ..

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

- 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

- 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

- 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

- 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

- 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

- 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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