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Self-Care: New Year’s Resolutions

Beth Hess - Tuesday, January 17, 2017
By the end of January, many of us find that the resolutions we had so determinedly vowed to accomplish in the New Year have fallen by the wayside. This can lead to self-recrimination and bad feelings. Here are some tips to help you to get back on track: Make sure your goals are manageable. Re-write them if necessary, and start small. It is better to say “I will limi ..

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Join the 2017 Children's Mental Health Matters! Campaign

Beth Hess - Friday, January 13, 2017
One in five children experience a diagnosable mental health disorder each year, yet only 20% are identified and receive treatment. We need your help to raise awareness about the importance of children's mental health and connect parents and caregivers across the state with resources. Join the 2017 Children's Mental Health Matters! (http://www.childrensmentalhealthmatters.or ..

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Join us for Family Day in Annapolis

Beth Hess - Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Bringing together legislators, families, youth, policymakers and providers Join us for Family Day in Annapolis (http://mdcoalition.org/FamilyDay)! On Tuesday, February 28 families from throughout the state will be gathering to advocate for children and youth with mental health and substance use challenges. Don't miss this opportunity to: Learn about relevant legisla ..

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Is Your Child Experiencing the Winter Blahs?

Beth Hess - Wednesday, December 28, 2016
Tips on Spotting Seasonal Affective Disorder Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that emerges in the fall and winter months when there are fewer hours of daylight and then lifts in the spring and summer. While it has not been well-researched in children and adolescents, studies estimate that 3% - 5% of youth aged 9-17 experience SAD. SAD is more common ..

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Role Modeling as You Celebrate

Beth Hess - Wednesday, December 14, 2016
The consumption of alcohol is an integral part of the holidays for many – office parties, egg nog and a champagne toast are just a few of the holiday traditions that involve alcohol. An unfortunate consequence is a sharp increase in alcohol-related accidents and deaths during the holiday season. For parents and caregivers, the holiday season offers an excellent  ..

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Parents and Caregivers Connect in Their Communities

Beth Hess - Friday, December 09, 2016
In November, 22 parents and caregivers of children with behavioral health needs gathered in Ocean City for MCF’s Eastern Shore Family Leadership Retreat. Over two days, participants learned about systems of care, how to be a leader in their family and community, and the importance of self-care. The Ocean City Retreat was the fourth of its kind over the past two y ..

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This #GivingTuesday Help Give Families a Voice in Annapolis

Beth Hess - Monday, November 28, 2016
MCF’s Family Day in Annapolis brings together legislators, parents, caregivers, youth, policymakers and providers to advocate for children and youth with behavioral health needs, including mental health and substance use challenges. On this #GivingTuesday, help ensure that the voice of families is heard by policy-makers in Annapolis this year. Donate now (https:// ..

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Parent Toolkit: Substance Use Disorder Prevention and Intervention

Beth Hess - Tuesday, November 22, 2016
In response to the national opioid epidemic and the increased use of these highly-addictive and lethal substances among 18-25 year olds, the United States Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and Discovery Education recently announced a joint nationwide education initiative called Operation Prevention. Operation Prevention (https://www.operationprevention.com/) is designed to ..

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Now Accepting Applications: 2017 Family Leadership Institute

Beth Hess - Wednesday, October 26, 2016
MCF's Family Leadership Institute (FLI) is an intensive training program for parents and caregivers of school-age children with mental health, substance use and/or other behavioral health needs. Through this 60-hour, six-weekend (Friday night and Saturday) training, participants: learn more about mental health, substance use and other behavioral health services and ..

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Tools to Help Combat the Opioid Overdose Epidemic

Beth Hess - Friday, October 21, 2016
In Maryland, as elsewhere in the nation, deaths from drug overdoses have been increasing steadily. Recent data released by the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene show that the number of drug and alcohol related deaths in Maryland in the first half of 2016 jumped 50% from the same time period last year. This increase is largely driven by the number of opioid overdoses.  ..

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