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A Novel Approach to Opioid Prevention in Schools

Beth Hess - Friday, June 16, 2017
Many schools have been reluctant to incorporate a strong opioid prevention education component into their curriculum for fear that they will be perceived as having an opioid problem. Carroll County schools are an exception. In addition to heroin and opioid prevention programming developed by the Carroll County State’s Attorney’s Office, a number of middle schools re ..

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Youth Build Confidence and Skills at Leadership Retreats

Beth Hess - Monday, June 12, 2017
During two one-day Leadership Retreats in May, 30 young people from nine Maryland counties came together to learn how to strategically share their own experiences to help others. Participants were young adults ages 19 through 29 who have lived experience in the behavioral health system. Each retreat included team-building exercises and skill-building in storytelling. A mor ..

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Minding Your Mental Health: Depression

Beth Hess - Wednesday, June 07, 2017
Last month we talked about anxiety disorders in adults (http://www.mdcoalition.org/blog/self-care-minding-your-mental-health). This month we address the topic of depression. Like anxiety disorders, depression is common. Nearly one in four women and one in six men experience depression during their lifetime. Caregivers who are caring for a child with special needs may be particu ..

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Communities Celebrate Children's Mental Health Awareness Week

Beth Hess - Thursday, May 25, 2017
Thanks to the efforts of more than 500 community and school champions, this year's Children's Mental Health Matters! (http://www.childrensmentalhealthmatters.org/) Campaign raised awareness of the importance of children's mental health in communities across the state in May. Community activities included: “wear green” days; information-sharing at multicultural  ..

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Have you ever wondered, “What is family peer support?”

Beth Hess - Monday, May 22, 2017
“Family peer support” is at the heart of much of MCF’s work with families. Did you know it’s a model followed by many organizations across the country? Early research suggests that family peer support offers a host of benefits to parents and caregivers seeking help for a child with behavioral health needs, including mental health and substance use ch ..

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Talking to Your Child about "13 Reasons Why"

Beth Hess - Friday, May 19, 2017
The Netflix series, 13 Reasons Why, is raising concerns among educators, behavioral health providers, parents/caregivers and others. 13 Reasons Whyis a Netflix TV series about a fictional 17-year old named Hannah Baker, a troubled and bullied high school student, who takes her own life. Throughout the show, there are a series of audiotapes that describe the 13 reasons why Hanna ..

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Self-Care: Minding Your Mental Health

Beth Hess - Monday, May 08, 2017
While we celebrate children’s mental health during the first week of May, the entire month is devoted to mental health awareness — and that includes yours! Mental health disorders are common. National Institute for Mental Health data from 2016 estimates that 26% of American adults over the age of 18 experience some diagnosable mental disorder in any given year. U ..

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Celebrate Children's Mental Health Awareness Week: May 1 - 7

Beth Hess - Monday, May 01, 2017
With the help of more than 400 School Champions and 100 Community Champions registered to take part in the 2017 Children's Mental Health Matters! Campaign, May 1-7 is shaping up to be Maryland's biggest celebration of children's mental health awareness to date! Visit the Campaign website (http://www.childrensmentalhealthmatters.org/) to find local events (https://w ..

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2017 Legislative Wrap-Up

Beth Hess - Thursday, April 20, 2017
Maryland’s 2017 Legislative Session ended with passage of a number of important bills that address mental health and substance use, as well as education. Below are brief summaries of key pieces of legislation. Unless vetoed by the Governor, these bills will become law. For more detailed information about any bill, use the House (HB) and/or Senate (SB) bill numbers inc ..

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Congratulations to 2017 FLI Graduates

Beth Hess - Thursday, April 13, 2017
On April 8, MCF celebrated 22 participants for completing our 13th annual Family Leadership Institute (FLI). This intensive 60-hour, six-weekend experience trains parents and caregivers to become more effective leaders and advocates for children with behavioral health needs locally and at the state level. The 22 members of the class of 2017 included caregiver ..

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