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Washington Post: They have minutes to save a life — 988 is a year old and busy

A Washington Post article shares the importance of the 988 Crisis LIfeline on the one-year anniversary of it’s launch.

“Before the rollout of 988, the National Suicide Prevention Hotline was 1-800-273-8255.

It was largely ignored by the teens whose suicide rates began a steep climb in 2008 and nearly doubled by 2018, according a study in the Annals of Pediatric and Child Health. There was a brief dip for the next two years, then suicides across the nation surged in 2021 — during the pandemic, according to numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

By 2021, nearly a quarter of American high-schoolers said they’d considered suicide, up from 16 percent 10 years ago, according to a study by Pew Research.

Teens returned to the call lines again this year, after the simpler, more memorable 988 opened up, accessible through text and chat.

It’s working.

Compare May 2023 to May 2022. Calls increased by 45 percent, chats by 52 percent and — get this — texts increased by 938 percent, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.”

Read the full article here, including metrics and quotes from our staff. 

May 19: Youth Mental Health First Aid

In today’s challenging and virtual world, teens are under more pressure than ever before to compete with their peers, excel in academics and sports, interact as adults, and chase insurmountable goals. Join our mental health first aid course to learn about the common signs of mental health challenges and learn how to better interact with and support your youth at home. Join us on May 19, 9am-4pm.



May 11: Navigating Behavioral Health Services

Navigating resources for behavioral and mental health is more complicated than it should be. Join us the evening of May 11 6:30-7:30pm via zoom for information on how to find, schedule, and access resources in Montgomery County.


May 6: EveryMile for EveryMind Kick-Off: With Parks in Mind

Montgomery Parks in partnership with EveryMind invite you to reflect and refresh through a mindful chalk maze in the park created by Chalk Riot. Join us on Saturday, May 6 at 2-4pm. Follow inspirational images along the paths to discover local mental health resources and joyful activities for the whole family. This event is kicking off the month-long campaign “Every Mile for Every Mind” to encourage individuals to spend time outdoors hiking a Montgomery Parks trail.



Youth Voices: Providing Healthy Support Systems to Our LGBTQ+ Youth

Virtual Mental Health Town Hall!

November 15th, 2022, 6:30-8pm


Watch the recording below:

This event is geared towards youth, parents, foster parents, caregivers, guardians, extended family members, mental health professionals, and service providers.

The third event in our series provides an opportunity to hear directly from the LGBTQ+ youth in our community.  They will share the challenges they have faced, support systems that have been helpful and ideas for improved support for the LGBTQ+ community.

The event will bring together 3-4 youth panelists with lived experience. Each panelist will have 10 minutes to share their story (if they feel comfortable doing so).  The remainder of the program will be reserved for Q&A from the audience.


  • – Identify and share ways family members, school staff, service providers and the community as a whole can       support the mental wellness of LGBTQ+ youth
  • – Identify local and national resources available to support LGBTQ+ youth







Brindando Sistemas de Apoyo Saludables para Nuestros Jóvenes Latinos LGBTQ+

4 de octubre del 2022

630pm a 8pm

¿Quién debe asistir?

Padres, proveedores de servicios y mentores en comunidades latinas, hispanas y latinas que buscan información sobre la mejor manera de apoyar a un joven LGBTQ+ en sus vidas.

¿Qué se discutirá?

  • Lenguaje común y acrónimos utilizados para transmitir la importancia del lenguaje inclusivo
  • Factores de riesgo que aumentan las posibilidades de que los jóvenes LGBTQ experimenten un trastorno de salud mental
  • Formas en que los miembros de la familia, los proveedores de servicios y los mentores pueden apoyar el bienestar mental de los jóvenes LGBTQ+
  • Recursos locales y nacionales disponibles para apoyar a los jóvenes LGBTQ+



Johan Orjuela, MSW, LCSW-C


gerente de servicios de consejería


Palabras de Apertura:

Valeria E. Carranza


jefa de gabinete

oficina del vicepresidente del consejo Evan Glass


Oscar Flores, LICSW


terapeuta en jefe de salud conductual

La Clínica Del Pueblo

Suicide and Safety Planning Training – CEU Event

Virtual Continuing Education for Professionals: Suicide and Safety Planning Training

September 15, 2022

9 AM – 12 PM

Via Zoom

This event is open to all professionals in the health and human services field.

Suicide is a leading cause of preventable death worldwide. Safety planning is an essential intervention for individuals at risk of suicide. Mental health providers should have the knowledge and experience to create safety plans, engage with individuals at risk for suicide and any necessary support persons, and document and follow up on the safety plan. This training provides an in-depth look at the evidence-based approaches to identifying a client who is suicidal, implementing tools available to adequately assess their risk, and developing a safety plan with the client.

Participants will learn:

  • How to assess whether a client is suicidal and if so, their level of risk, by using evidence-based screening tools
  • How to identify when a safety plan is needed
  • How to help a patient construct a safety plan

Suitable for mental health professionals, social workers, professional counselors, case managers, service coordinators, and other behavioral health service providers.

Cost: $50 for 3 Continuing Education Units (CEU’s)

ServingTogether 10-Year Anniversary

ServingTogether 10th Anniversary Celebration and Reception
Thursday, June 23rd, 2022
Hosted by:

4:30-6:30 pm – Networking Cocktail Reception and Celebration Program

@ The Military Women’s Memorial in Arlington Cemetery

5:30-6:30 pm – 10th Anniversary Celebration Virtual Program


4:30pm Cocktail and Networking Reception

In-Person at The Military Women’s Memorial in Arlington Cemetery

5:30pm Program Begins

Welcome and Pledge of Allegiance – Olivia Nunn,

LTC, USA (Ret.) & CEO, Olivia Nunn Communications

National Anthem – Marisha Tapera,

Welcome – Ann Mazur, CEO, EveryMind

Testimonial – John Lehmann, Veteran Advocate

Keynote Address – Dr. Cynthia Macri, CAPT, USN (Ret.)

& VA Advisory Committee on Women Veterans

Recognitions – Christy Kenady,

Director, ServingTogether

Special Citation – Nan Sheridan-Mann,

Regional Director, Office of Senator Van Hollen

Calls to ActionDr. Xavier Bruce, Lt Col, USAF (Ret.),

Program Manager, ServingTogether

Closing Remarks – Olivia Nunn, LTC, USA (Ret.),

CEO, Olivia Nunn Communications

Join EveryMind as we come together to celebrate ServingTogether’s 10th Anniversary.

Over the last decade, ServingTogether has established itself as a leader in the military and veteran space.

Our key achievements include:

  • Expanded outreach to serve the Mid-Atlantic Region.
  • Provided Peer Navigation to 699 individuals with 2266 service episodes last year.
  • Advocated with elected officials, philanthropy, and partner organizations to provide awareness and combat Veteran Suicide.
  • Conducted Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion listening sessions for the military and veteran community.

This event will highlight the contributions of our funders, partners, and ServingTogether’s incredible work supporting the military and veteran community over the last 10 years and for decades to come.



Olivia Nunn

Chief Executive Officer

Olivia Nunn Communications

Keynote Speaker:


Dr. Cynthia Macri


Montgomery County Commission on Veterans Affairs

EveryMile for EveryMind 2022

Walk with us to support EveryMind’s mission and community mental health!
EveryMile for EveryMind is an opportunity for our community to come together and support mental health awareness while engaging in a fun and family-friendly physical activity that promotes positive mental wellness for all.


Register —Register yourself below and then walk on your own or lead a walk with friends anywhere, anytime.  Ask your network of friends, family, neighbors and colleagues to sponsor your walk(s) with a donation to EveryMind.

Join a Walk— Register yourself below and then sign up to join a walk(s) at one of the Montgomery Parks trails and paved surfaces led by an EveryMind representative. There will be one organized walk scheduled every Saturday, Sunday, and Wednesday in May.

CLICK HERE to Access the Calendar of Scheduled Walks and Sign Up to Join Us in Person!

Donate or Sponsor a Walker — Make a general donation to EveryMile for EveryMind or sponsor a specific walker to contribute to their fundraising efforts.

There is no cost to participate and walk for mental health awareness.  However, if you donate $100 or more, or have others donate at least $100 total in support of your walking, you will receive the EveryMile for EveryMind Kit with a branded t-shirt and other fun items!

Join us to raise awareness of mental health, reduce stigma, and demonstrate the positive effects of physical health on mental wellness!

This would not be possible without the generosity of our sponsors.

EveryMind is grateful for their continued support of community mental health and our mission.





Atlantic Services Group

Brown & Brown, Inc.

Fit Fathers. Inc.

Goodman-Gable-Gould/Adjusters International

Jeffrey & Stephanie Holtzman

Ledo Pizza, Wheaton

MainSpring, Inc.

MedStar Health


Suburban Hospital