Beth Hess - Friday, September 29, 2017
(http://www.mdcoalition.org/FLI2018)MCF is now accepting applications for our 2018 Family Leadership Institute (FLI) (http://www.mdcoalition.org/FLI2018). This 60-hour, six-weekend intensive training program is for parents and caregivers of school-age children with mental health needs.
FLI participants will gain in-depth information on children’s mental health issue ..
Beth Hess - Wednesday, September 27, 2017
As any parent well knows, sleep-deprived children and adolescents can become moody, irritable and have trouble concentrating in school. Sleep deficits can also cause behavior problems that mimic the symptoms of ADHD (https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2017/09/22/could-adhd-be-a-type-of-sleep-disorder-that-would-fundamentally-change-how-we-treat-it/?utm_term=. ..
Beth Hess - Friday, September 22, 2017
The Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson Health Care Proposal, introduced in the U.S. Senate last week, is the worst “repeal and replace” effort yet. Governor Hogan has joined a bi-partisan group of other governors in opposing the bill.
While both Senator Cardin and Senator Van Hollen already oppose the Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson health care proposal, which ..
Beth Hess - Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Like other chronic diseases such as diabetes and hypertension, substance use disorders can be successfully managed with proper treatment, yet less than 10% of youth needing substance use treatment receive any treatment services. September, recognized as National Recovery Month, is an opportunity for each of us to raise awareness and understanding of substance use disorders. ..
Beth Hess - Thursday, September 14, 2017
We know that sleep has a profound impact on our health, including mental health. In addition to helping us tackle a day’s challenges, getting the recommended seven to nine hours of sleep a night can help maintain brain health, both cognitive functioning and memory. Lack of adequate sleep can contribute to a number of mental health problems, including depression and anxiet ..
Beth Hess - Wednesday, September 06, 2017
(https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/)Suicide is the second-leading cause of death between the ages of 10 and 24. The suicide rate among older teenage girls hit a 40-year high in 2015, according to newly released data from the National Center for Health Statistics.
As part of National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, we’re sharing information and resourc ..
Beth Hess - Tuesday, August 22, 2017
Communities throughout Maryland will recognize International Overdose Awareness Day (https://www.overdoseday.com/) on August 31 and National Recovery Month (https://www.recoverymonth.gov/) in September.
International Overdose Awareness Day aims to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of a drug-related death. It also acknowledges the grief felt by families ..
Beth Hess - Friday, August 18, 2017
Have you heard the term “non-public” and wondered how it differed from a private school? In Maryland, schools initially are identified as being either public or non-public. The non-public schools are further distinguished as being either “private pay” (which are commonly referred to as “private”) or “special education,” and are c ..
Beth Hess - Monday, August 14, 2017
It’s still HOT outside, but summer is fast drawing to a close. As students across Maryland get ready to go back to school, we checked in with MCF Family Peer Support Specialist Sherri Allen who works in Somerset County schools through Project AWARE. The goal of Project AWARE is to help school personnel identify children and youth with mental health needs, and connect them ..
Beth Hess - Wednesday, August 09, 2017
Respite is a service that is designed so that caregivers can get a break from the stress of providing care for a loved one with significant special needs, thereby promoting the capacity of people with disabilities or disorders to remain in the community. Respite is provided in different ways across age groups (e.g. senior care) and across disabilities. For families of children ..