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Help bring a sigh of relief to families this #GivingTuesday

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 ..

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Self-Care: Practicing Gratitude

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 ..

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Your Voice Matters: The Value of Participation in Research Studies

Beth Hess - Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Frequently, we share announcements about research studies that are seeking families with particular behavioral health experiences. Past examples include a study for parents of youth aged 18-25 who are using drugs or alcohol, and a study for young people aged 7-17 affected by major depressive episodes. A nominal stipend may be offered for participation in these studies, but the  ..

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Family Voice Needed for an Upcoming Forum

Beth Hess - Friday, November 17, 2017
The Governor’s Office for Children along with other state agencies want to hear from families like yours. Please join a discussion forum on November 27 if you have: Participated in a Local Care Team (LCT) meeting for your child, or Would have participated in an LCT meeting for your child if your local LCT had been functioning, and/or Have done a Voluntary Placeme ..

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Resource: Maryland Certified Substance Use Treatment Locator

Beth Hess - Tuesday, November 14, 2017
If you are looking for a provider of substance use treatment, the Maryland Treatment Locator will provide you with listings of certified substance use treatment providers that fit your criteria. Search with as few or as many criteria as you’d like to enter by using the selections in the drop-down menu boxes. For a targeted search, enter the county in which you are se ..

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Non-Suicidal Self-injury in Youth

Beth Hess - Thursday, November 09, 2017
Did you know that approximately 15 percent of middle and high school students have reported engaging in non-suicidal self-injury? Rates among college students are even higher, and have been estimated at 17-35 percent. “Non-suicidal self-injury” is the term used to describe any physical intentional harming of oneself without the goal of suicide. It is also sometimes referred to  ..

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Preventing Bullying in School

MCF Admin - Wednesday, October 25, 2017
by Ann Geddes Bullying should not be viewed as just typical child’s play. It harms youth physically, emotionally and academically. Kids who are bullied can develop significant mental health issues, such as anxiety and depression. They are more likely to miss, skip, or drop out of school. In rare cases, children who are bullied may retaliate through violent acts.  ..

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Self-care: Boost Your Brain Health

Beth Hess - Tuesday, October 17, 2017
It was long thought that brain development occurred only during childhood. Today we know that this is far from true. New neural pathways continue to develop based on our experiences. We can rewire our brains at any age. Moreover, just as you can grow your biceps through exercise and diet, there are a multitude of ways that you can grow your brain. This sharpens thinking and can ..

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State Board for the Certification of Residential Child Care Program Professionals is Seeking Applicants

Beth Hess - Thursday, October 12, 2017
The Maryland Office of Appointments and Executive Nominations is inviting individuals to apply to serve on the State Board for the Certification of Residential Child Care Program Professionals. In particular, they are seeking caregivers of a child who has received residential treatment through the Maryland Department of Health, the Maryland State Department of Education, or the ..

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Seeking Interested Individuals to Serve as MCF Board Members

Beth Hess - Wednesday, October 11, 2017
MCF's Board of Directors is seeking nominations for volunteers to serve on its Board. MCF’s Board is a mixture of caregivers and professionals who share a passion for MCF’s mission as members of its governing body. The Board is currently seeking nominations for those with any of the following skills, experience or attributes: Caregivers with children or young  ..

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