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Maryland Department of Health launches MD Mind Health

BALTIMORE, MD—The Maryland Department of Health on Wednesday announced the launch of MD Mind Health, a new text-based mental health initiative to fight isolation and encourage mental wellness. The new program was developed by the MDH Behavioral Health Administration (BHA) in partnership with Maryland 211, the state’s crisis hotline. “Staying connected with family, friends and other support systems is more …


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New partnership provides mental health counseling to nursing home staff and other frontline workers

BALTIMORE, MD—The Maryland Department of Health is partnering with the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems (MIEMSS) to provide the Maryland COVID-19 Mental Health Crisis Support Program, a new initiative offering mental health support for people working in skilled nursing and other long-term care facilities impacted by COVID-19. In recent weeks, MIEMSS has coordinated with medical health task forces …


Maryland Department of Health offers mental health support to frontline workers during COVID-19 pandemic

Baltimore, MD – The Maryland Department of Health is proactively supporting frontline workers during the COVID-19 outbreak by sharing widespread mental health resources, joining forces with experts throughout the state, offering discussion groups and weekly webinars for behavioral health providers, and providing virtual training and recovery resources. Health professionals across Maryland are uniting to share resources, build partnerships and raise …

Maryland Department of Health releases mental health public service announcements on coping during COVID-19 pandemic

BALTIMORE, MD—The Maryland Department of Health on Thursday released 20 public service videos regarding ways to cope with stress, anxiety, and depression during the COVID-19 pandemic. The videos address the importance of maintaining mental health during the outbreak for five audiences: health professionals, parents of young children, adolescents and young adults, adults with disabilities and older adults. The 15-, 30- …

SAMHSA offers immediate counseling to those affect by COVID-19 pandemic

BALTIMORE, MD—Immediate counseling is now available for anyone dealing with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, can provide immediate counseling to anyone who needs help in coping with the mental or emotional effects caused by the Coronavirus pandemic. Assistance is …

Mohler proposes expansion of Baltimore County’s mental health crisis system

Baltimore County Executive Don Mohler has announced plans to significantly expand the county’s emergency mental health system by funding overnight hours for the Mobile Crisis Team that responds to individuals experiencing a mental health crisis, including those addicted to opioids. The Baltimore County Crisis Response System, a collaborative effort between the County’s Health and Police Departments, works with The Affiliated …

Governor Hogan signs amended Executive Order for Commission for Suicide Prevention

Governor Larry Hogan on Thursday issued an amended Executive Order modernizing the Governor’s Commission for Suicide Prevention. The updated executive order is in response to rising national and state suicide rates and follows a request from the commission that was supported by the Maryland Department of Health. “Every day, thousands of Marylanders struggle with mental health challenges, and we must do everything …

Perry Hall man charged after trying to kill grandmother

A Perry Hall man faces attempted murder charges after allegedly trying to kill his grandmother in Carroll County. Alexander Carter Fields, 20, has been charged with attempted first-degree murder, first-degree assault, second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and attempting to injure with a dangerous weapon, according to online records. Authorities say that, on September 20, officer responded to the Sykesville Apartments, where …