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10 Self-care Tips for Spring

Gail Doerr - Thursday, April 29, 2021
After a long, pandemic winter where we were isolated, distanced, and masked, spring has finally arrived in Maryland with warmer weather, longer days and the promise of social connections, especially at outdoor gatherings. Self-care will continue to be important to keep you strong and healthy physically, emotionally, and mentally. We asked some of our MCF staff to share thei ..

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How to Talk With a Loved One about Their Substance Use

Ann Geddes - Thursday, April 29, 2021
Starting a conversation with a family member who is showing signs of substance use or a problem with alcohol can be daunting. You might worry about saying the wrong things, hurting your relationship, or causing your family member to become angry. Fear might cause you to decide that it’s best to not bring up the issue, but if you think that your loved one might have a proble ..

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Four Tips to Help With “Zoom Fatigue”

Gail Doerr - Monday, March 22, 2021
If you are feeling worn out after a day of video calls, recent research show that there’s are some good reasons why. As social distancing protocols have kept us apart from each other, virtual meetings have skyrocketed and the term “Zoom fatigue” has become part of our wellness vocabulary. Stanford University researchers have recently studied this phenomenon and have id ..

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Five Signs That Someone You Love Has a Gambling Problem

Tara Wetherell - Monday, March 22, 2021
March is Problem Gambling Awareness Month, the perfect time to check in with your friends and family who enjoy gambling—which can include casinos, poker, scratch-offs, sports betting and even Bingo and some video games. While social or recreational gambling can be a fun pastime, for some, it can turn into a serious problem that interferes with finances and relatio ..

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2020 Annual Report Released

Tara Wetherell - Tuesday, January 26, 2021
Maryland Coalition of Families is pleased to share our 2020 Annual Report. Last year, our staff connected, supported and empowered 2,528 families—our highest number ever—despite the logistical challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. Thanks to the dedication and ingenuity of our staff, we continued serving families without interruption even as we evolved and expan ..

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COVID and the 2021 Maryland Legislative Session

Ann Geddes - Wednesday, January 20, 2021
Despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, there is still important legislative work to be done. One of MCF’s priority bills this year is HB 405, Special Education—Judicial Actions—Attorney’s Fees and Related Costs. HB 405 would allow parents to be reimbursed for attorney’s fees and expert witness costs if they win their case in a due process hearing or court procee ..

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Problem Gambling and the Holidays

Tara Wetherell - Thursday, December 10, 2020
The holiday season is an important time to check in with loved ones about their gambling activities—and to talk with youth about the risks of gambling. The typical stress of the holiday season, combined with increased separation and isolation this year due to the pandemic, can be a trigger for some problem gamblers. “A change in someone’s behavior or an increase i ..

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Take Care of Yourself This Holiday Season

Tara Wetherell - Thursday, December 10, 2020
The holidays are supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year. And yet, for some, the holiday season brings increased stress and risk for behavioral health issues. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that there is an annual spike of drug and alcohol related deaths between December and January. Studies also show that binge drinking is highest d ..

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Want to Be Happier? Be Grateful!

Gail Doerr - Tuesday, November 10, 2020
November is generally when we start thinking about the upcoming holiday season. This time of year is often marked with gatherings of family and friends, religious and social celebrations and traditions that bring joy and comfort. Unfortunately, this year will probably look different for most of us because of the pandemic. Anxiety, sadness and a sense of overwhelm—both ..

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Turn Your Life Experience into a Career Helping Others

Tara Wetherell - Friday, October 16, 2020
If you’re looking for a career that lets you turn a challenging life experience into an opportunity to help others, consider becoming a Family Peer Support Specialist! We currently have full-time openings for Family Peer Support Specialists in Baltimore City or Anne Arundel/Prince Georges’ counties. Candidates must have personal experience (not work experience) as a family  ..

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