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Mental Health Association of Maryland

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Join Us for an August 29 Screening of the Film, Suicide: The Ripple Effect

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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…)

Exhibition Series Spotlights Mental Health through Projects Focused on Hurting, Healing, Feeling

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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.”

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Some Thoughts on Suicide and Ways You Can Help Those You Love

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Inspiration.

Trailblazer.

These were words used to describe Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain after their tragic deaths by suicide last week.

But there were other words, too. Troubled. Selfish.

As a mental health advocates, we know that “selfish” is not an uncommon accusation after someone has completed suicide. But as a parent, as a human, it haunts me how easily some throw that word around.

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MHAMD Celebrates Mental Health Month

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May is Mental Health Month.

Approximately 20 percent of Americans, almost 44 million, experience mental illness in a given year; almost 10 million have what is defined as a “serious” mental illness that can severely limit life’s activities.  Mental illness affects people of all ages and can happen at any time throughout life. And untreated mental illness can result in health problems and unwanted stigma.

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MHAMD Works to Address Children’s Behavioral Health Needs during 2018 Legislative Session

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Note: This is the first in a series of posts on legislation that was passed during the 2018 Maryland legislative session and how it will affect mental health care in the state as well as various issues related to mental health.

MHAMD established a new Children’s Behavioral Health Coalition in late 2017 – a short time before the Maryland General Assembly convened for the 2018 legislative session. Immediately, members began expressing concern about a lack of transparency and access with respect to data that can help to improve the delivery of services for children and youth with behavioral health needs.

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Young People Celebrate Mental Health through Art

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One of the annual highlights of Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week is the Celebrating Through Art: The First Lady’s Mental Health Awareness Youth Art Display & Reception hosted by Maryland First Lady Yumi Hogan in Annapolis, which was held last Monday.

The reception featured a display of artwork submitted by close to 50 children and youth from across Maryland.

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MHAMD Extends Condolences to Arundel Lodge Community

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The Mental Health Association of Maryland expresses its deep sorrow in response to the tragic fire that claimed the lives of three residents of a Residential Rehabilitation home operated by Arundel Lodge in Severn this past weekend. Our hearts go out to the families of the victims, Walter McCardell, William Garcia and Barbara Brown, as well as the residents, staff and the entire Arundel Lodge community.

We share this statement from the executive director of Arundel Lodge, Mike Drummond, “We are deeply saddened by this tragedy and grateful to the Anne Arundel County Crisis Response Team for their quick response. This is the first incident of this kind in the over 40 years of Arundel Lodge’s service to the community, and we are absolutely devastated. This is an incredibly difficult day for all of us, and we will be providing support to family, friends and staff as we all process this tragedy.”

Please consider supporting Arundel Lodge in its rebuilding efforts by making a donation. You can do that here.

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