On May 28, 2020, EveryMind hosted a virtual Mental Wellness Town Hall focused on the importance of resiliency as we navigate during difficult times.
EveryMind stands with our community in grief and anger over the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Finan Berhe and so many other members of our Black community. Black Lives Matter.
Mental wellness for everyone is impossible without equity and justice. EveryMind will continue to work to ensure that EVERY individual is empowered to reach optimal mental wellness, and to be a part of the solution to build a community that is inclusive, welcoming and safe for all.
We know mental wellness is critical to each person’s ability to thrive, feel connected to others and have a sense of safety and wellness. We see and understand the stress and trauma caused by the impact of racism in our work every day.
EveryMind is committed to being a part of the solution to end systemic racism and help create a community based on equity and justice. We also know simply stating our commitment isn’t enough. We need to put our words into action.
As an employer, a direct services provider, a mental health resource and as a member of our community, our first action will be to work with all of our staff to increase our understanding of what we can do in each of these roles to support each other, learn from each other and help end the extreme racial disparities evident in our society. Reducing inequities is a natural component of our work and we are committed to making equity an overarching goal in everything that we do.
In addition, we encourage you to explore and share this compilation of Mental Health Resources developed by Psych Hub.
We also encourage you to take care of your own mental health. If you are struggling to manage overwhelming feelings of grief, anxiety, loss, anger and/or trauma, please call, text or chat with us. We are here to listen 24/7/365.
In response to your feedback, EveryMind has invited Dr. William Stixrud and Ned Johnson, authors of The Self-Driven Child, to return to answer the questions they couldn’t get to during the panel discussion following the screening of Angst.
We will hold two follow up discussions:
For Parents – May 14, 2020 from 7:00 to 8:00 pm
For Educators – May 20, 2020 from 12:00 to 1:00 pm (Christina Conolly from Montgomery County Public Schools will also be available to answer questions during the educators discussion)
As with the film screening, a link to join the conversation will be sent 24 hours prior to the start of the event.
Participation in each discussion will be limited, so sign up today! If there is a huge demand, we will start a waitlist and schedule additional future conversations.
This year’s Mental Health Awareness Month comes at a particularly pivotal moment. Now, more than ever, its important to pay attention to our mental health as well as our physical health. Prolonged periods of stress, anxiety, isolation and uncertainty can make it difficult to navigate these difficult times.
That’s why the focus for Mental Health Awareness Month 2020 is Tools 2 Thrive. Throughout the month, EveryMind will share useful tips and positive messages across our social media platforms, in our InMind newsletter and on this page that will provide practical tools that everyone can use to improve their mental health and increase resiliency regardless of the situations they are experiencing.
So check out some of the Tools 2 Thrive offered by Mental Health America in help you improve your mental health!
As we navigate this unprecedented crisis, its imperative that we tend to our mental well-being. Concerns for our health and the health of our loved ones, a stream of sometimes confusing and contradictory information, disruptions to routines, worry about the impact on personal finances and uncertainty about how and when life will return to some semblance of normal – these are just a few ways COVID-19 has impacted our mental health.
During this time of heightened anxiety, we know that you or a loved one may need someone to talk to. Please know that our phone, text and chat call specialists are available 24/7 to listen and provide support.
This service is free and open to all members of our community. You do not have to be in crisis to connect with us. Reach out even if you are just looking for ways to support someone you are concerned about.
Suicide Prevention Lifeline en Espanol –
EveryMind staff have recorded a webinar with tips and tools to help manage stress and anxiety.
EveryMind board member and leadership coach, David Miller, shares tips and strategies for managing stress and anxiety during COVID-19 stay-at-home order.
EveryMind’s Bilingual Youth and Family Therapist, Jose Delgado, shares important tips for our Spanish-speaking community on how to take care of yourself during the COVID-19 crisis.
EveryMind Call Specialist, Kirsten Robinette, provides some useful tips for what to look for when deciding whether its time to seek help for yourself or a loved one.
EveryMind’s Bilingual Youth and Family Therapist, Jose Delgado, offers our Spanish-speaking neighbors tips on ways to manage stress and anxiety during these uncertain times.
Coronavirus Disease 2019 – Coping with Stress
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Calm Your Child’s Coronavirus Fears
Children’s Mental Health Matters Campaign
Seniors Guide to Mental Health During COVID-19
Mental Health Mondays – Resiliency, self-care, grief, working and learning from home, stress and anxiety
Children’s Mental Health Matters Campaign
COVID-19 and Your Mental Health
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): Frequently Asked Questions About Mental Health
Maryland Department of Health
COVID-19 Resource and Information Guide
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
How Mindfulness Can Help During COVID-19
Child Mind Institute
Tips for Caregivers on Media Coverage of Upsetting Events – English
Tips for Caregivers on Media Coverage of Upsetting Events – Spanish
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network/Family-Informed Trauma Treatment Center/University of Maryland School of Medicine
Helping Children Cope Emotionally with the Coronavirus (COVID-19)
American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress
Mental Health Considerations During COVID-19 Outbreak
World Health Organization
Emotional Well-being During the COVID-19 Outreak
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
How to Help Someone with Anxiety or Depression During COVID-19
Mental Health First Aid/National Council for Behavioral Health
Helping Children and Teens Cope with Anxiety About COVID-19
Seattle Children’s Hospital
Living with Mental Illness During the COVID-19 Outbreak – Preparing for Your Wellness
Mental Health America
Talking to Kids About the Coronavirus
Child Mind Institute
Taking Care of Your Mental Health in the Face of Uncertainty
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Coping with Coronavirus: Managing Stress, Fear and Anxiety
Joshua Gordon, Director – National Institute of Mental Health
On April 23, 2020, EveryMind, in collaboration with Adventist HealthCare, Holy Cross Health, MedStar Montgomery, Suburban Hospital and Montgomery County Public Schools, hosted a online screening of the film Angst, followed by a virtual panel discussion with experts in the field of anxiety management and treatment. The panel was facilitated by Ned Johnson and William Stixrud, authors of “The Self-Driven Child.”
This documentary is designed to raise awareness around anxiety. The film includes interviews with kids, teens, educators, experts, parents and a very special interview with Michael Phelps. The goal is to help people identify and understand the symptoms of anxiety and encourage them to reach out for help.
Many thanks to all the partners who made this event so successful and Indie Flix for supporting these efforts! To learn more about the film please visit the website.
Below are a few of the resources discussed during last night’s panel discussion following the screening.
Waymaking: Managing Stress During Social Distancing
Montgomery County Public Schools
The Anxious Child and the Crisis of Modern Parenting
WORKSHOPS AND SUPPORT GROUPS FOR PARENTS
Supportive Parenting for Anxious Childhood Emotions
Please visit EveryMind’s COVID-19: Coping with Anxiety and Stress page for more information and resources about mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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EveryMind’s Hotline Volunteer, Laurie Calder, and Human Resources Director, Kelly Collins, were guests on Make a Difference, a program that highlights volunteer opportunities in Montgomery County.
Laurie shared her experiences working on the Hotline in this interview and discusses the rewards and benefits of helping some of our most vulnerable neighbors. Please take a moment to watch this segment.
EveryMind was pleased to participate again this year in the annual Point in Time Count. This nationwide event during the last two weeks of January helps communities identify and count the number of people experiencing homelessness and living on the streets. That data is then used to ensure that appropriate and proportionate funding is provided to help those communities deliver much needed services to those living unsheltered.
EveryMind is grateful to the more than 45 volunteers who participated in the event, including Councilmembers Gabe Albornoz, Andrew Friedson, Evan Glass and Craig Rice, as well as Director of Montgomery County Health and Human Services Raymond Crowell.
Also, thanks to Montgomery County Council Media for covering the event.
On November 20, 2019, our Linkages to Learning Family Empowerment Institute celebrated the graduation of 43 men and women from the program. These dedicated parents completed courses and certifications that will enable them to improve their employment opportunities and their families’ financial wellbeing. Financial stability and economic opportunities alleviate family stress. When family stress decreases, children thrive – they can focus on academic endeavors , build friendships and just be kids. When parents feel empowered to set goals and supported as they strive to achieve them, amazing things can happen. This is what the Family Empowerment Institute is all about.
Because every mind has potential.
On November 19, 2019, ServingTogether officially launched its network in Prince George’s County in coordination with the Office of Veterans Affairs.
Many thanks to Dr. James Dula and our partners from the Institute of Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University and Unite Us for supporting our efforts to bring care coordination and resource navigation to Prince George’s County, home to Maryland’s largest number of veterans, service members and their families.
Curious about how your organization fits in the ServingTogether network? Please email Jennifer Watson to learn more!