October 10 was World Mental Health Day, a global observance that raises awareness about mental health issues around the world. Mental health issues are not unique to the United States. They affect people in every country. (more…)
The birth of a child represents one of the most significant moments in a woman’s life. It’s a time of profound joy and new expectations as the mom and child begin their lifelong journey together.
But for many new and expecting moms, it also can be a time of anxiety, depression or something even more serious.
MHAMD’s Director of Adult Programs Kim Burton will present a series of free talks focused on older adult mental health starting on Wednesday, October 17, at 6:00 p.m. at the Ellicott City 50+ Center in Ellicott City. The series will continue with additional talks on Tuesday, November 6, and Tuesday, December 4. (more…)
Suicide awareness is a major theme in September. We recognize National Suicide Prevention Week all this week. As we focus on this important topic, here are six things to know about suicide, including how you can make a difference. (more…)
This week throughout Maryland, kids returned to school after a long summer break. For many kids, it’s a time of excitement as they reconnect with old friends, meet their teachers and get back into the school routine. For some kids, though, this time of transition can cause anxiety. So what can you do as a parent if you see your child exhibit feelings of anxiety about returning to school? We’ve put together some tips to help. (more…)
Over the last few years, there has been growing awareness about the drug overdose epidemic in the United States. In fact, the National Institute on Drug Abuse reported there were an estimated 72,000 drug overdose deaths in the United States in 2017. From 2002 to 2017, there has been a 3-fold increase in the total number of deaths. The number of deaths involving opioids in particular has skyrocketed. These deaths take a tremendous toll on loved ones and the communities in which they live.
Nearly one million people die annually by suicide globally. And experts estimate that for every one death by suicide, approximately 115 people are directly affected and impacted. And even when a person survives an attempt, its effect can resonate for years to come. But there’s also something else to remember. There can be hope through the pain.
MHAMD would like to invite you to a special screening of the film, Suicide: The Ripple Effect, on Wednesday, August 29, at 7 p.m. at the Waugh Chapel Stadium & IMAX in Gambrills, Md. (more…)
When someone takes a Mental Health First Aid® Maryland class, they learn how to recognize the signs and symptoms of an emerging mental health problem or crisis, identify community resources, and link individuals in need of treatment and support to the proper resources. These classes are taught by certified instructors.
The New Day Campaign uses “art-based programming and public engagement to challenge stigma and discrimination associated with mental illness and substance use, making the world a more healing place.” Based in Baltimore, Md., it was started in 2015 by Peter Bruun after the tragic death of his daughter, Elisif, from a heroin overdose at age 24. What began as a blog post in response to her death became a full-fledged effort to show that “the memory of Elisif—and so many others like her—deserves nothing less than this new day.”
Suicide is in the headlines, leading many to wonder how we might know when someone is thinking about killing themselves.