Beth Hess - Friday, March 03, 2017
On February 28, 160 family members, advocates, legislators and their staff gathered in the Miller Senate Office Building for MCF’s 17th Annual Family Day in Annapolis. Families traveled from 20 of Maryland’s counties and Baltimore City to be part of the day.
During the morning session, Dr. Al Zachik, the Director of the Child and Adolescent Division of ..
Beth Hess - Monday, January 30, 2017
The 2017 Maryland legislative session convened on January 11. There will be many bills this year related to behavioral health, including mental health and substance use issues.
In order to advocate, you need to know what bills have been introduced. Follow proposed legislation that relates to behavioral health on the Maryland Mental Health Association website (https://ww ..
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 ..
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 ..
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 ..
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 ..
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 ..
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 ..
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:// ..
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 ..