Ten Warning Signs of Suicide You Should Know, Plus How to Help

“If someone listens, or stretches out a hand, or whispers a word of encouragement, or attempts to understand a lonely person, extraordinary things begin to happen” -Loretta Girzartis September is National Suicide Awareness Month. Suicide is currently one of the leading causes of preventable deaths in the United States, ranked top ten among leading causes…

Healing Through Trauma-informed Yoga

When many of us think of Yoga, we think of people holding stretching poses or crossing their legs in meditation and chanting “om.” Well, it’s actually all of that and so much more! The word “yoga,” derived from the Sanskrit word “yuj,” means to integrate or unite. While Yoga is not a religion, it is…

Free Narcan Classes

In response to the rising number of overdoses and opioid-related deaths in Anne Arundel County, the University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center is offering free Naloxone training through the Maryland Overdose Response Program. Naloxone (also known as Narcan) is an FDA-approved nasal form spray that can be used for the emergency treatment of a known…

Safe Stations in Anne Arundel County

As of May 2017, Anne Arundel County has seen an increase in reported opioid overdoses, with 400 so far as of May 2017. In response, County Executive Steve Schuh, along with other county officials, initiated “Safe Stations,” local fire departments and police stations that are available for people with substance use disorder who want help.…

Safe at Home

Experiencing violence or abuse can lead to serious mental health disorders, including post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, and anxiety, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health. The fear of being confronted by a perpetrator can keep someone in an abusive situation or hinder recovery. The Office of the Secretary…

One Mind Campaign

The Annapolis Police Department has joined a nationwide movement, One Mind Campaign, working toward successful interaction between police and persons with mental illness. With the number of police shootings and killing of civilians reaching nearly 1,000 in 2015, The Washington Post started a year-long study, gathering records of every fatal police shooting in the U.S.…

Risky Business

“Sometimes people – especially young people – engage in potentially risky behaviors to manage, avoid, or cover up symptoms of a mental health problem. It is often hard to distinguish these behaviors from ‘normal growing up,’ and, as a result, the people who care about people engaging in these struggles sometimes under-react, and other times…

What is Mental Illness?

Many people are still unclear about what mental illness is. The mere mention of the words mental illness can conjure up a host of extreme images in many people’s minds. But similar to cancer, there are different kinds of mental illness that can affect anyone, at any time, for a variety of reasons, and they…

What is Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation?

Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a noninvasive procedure that uses magnetic fields to stimulate nerve cells in the brain to improve symptoms of Major Depressive Disorder. Read more… In 2008, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration cleared TMS as a treatment for severe depression when other treatments have not been effective. Doctors usually recommend that…

People Can Recover from Mental Illness

Most people with behavioral health disorders (aka mental illness and/or substance use disorder) can get better. Symptoms can significantly improve or even disappear altogether. This does not necessarily mean that an individual will be “cured.” Mental illness is a chronic disease. Recovering is the process of finding the right balance in life – it is…

Why Evidence-Based Supported Employment Matters

Employment can be one important part of the journey toward wellness and recovery. Research has shown that persons served who “engage in competitive work do experience improvements in self-esteem and in control of symptoms, compared with [persons served] who do not work or work minimally.”1 An Evidence-Based Supported Employment Program helps and coaches individuals with…

What Is Xerostomia, and Why Is It Important?

Xerostomia, more commonly known as “dry mouth,” is a prevalent side effect of many of the drugs taken by individuals living with behavioral health disorders–and it’s more than just an inconvenience. Some of the unpleasant results of dry mouth include not tasting food well, chapped lips, difficulty speaking clearly, and oral appliances such as dentures…

Using Person-First Language

By LaShandra Oliver “But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought.” – George Orwell, 1984 Addressing how we think and speak to and about individuals with behavioral health disorders is just as important to the recovery process as therapy and coping skills. When you go out with a friend, family member or significant other,…

What is the difference between mental illness, developmental disability, and intellectual disability?

Intellectual Disabilities and Physical Disabilities, both fall under the umbrella term of Developmental Disabilities. These are chronic conditions that appear at birth or in childhood, but certainly before age 22, and sometimes, but not always, occur together. Cerebral Palsy, for example is a physical disability, which in and of itself does not effect intellectual functioning, though 20-30% of…