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Follow Up Conversations to Angst Screening

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.


Mental Health Awareness Month

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!

 

Creating Healthy Routines

Eliminating Toxic Influences

Finding the Positive After Loss

Owning Your Feelings

Supporting Others

Connecting with Others


Angst: Virtual Film Screening and Panel Discussion

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.

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.

Presented in partnership with


2020 Point in Time Count

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.


Family Empowerment Institute Graduation – November 2019

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.


Prince George’s County Launch

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!


Legislative Briefing – Mental Health Parity

Every day, more than 200 Americans die from a drug overdose or suicide.

For too many Americans, treatment is still inaccessible – even for those with insurance.

 

Now more than ever there is a critical need to ensure Maryland families have access to equitable coverage for substance use disorder and mental health conditions.  

The Parity Law, passed in 2008, prohibits discrimination in health insurance coverage of substance use disorder and mental health benefits.  Unfortunately, the reality for consumers is that they are still too often forced to fight for the health care they need and are entitled to receive by law.

Parity at 10 is a national advocacy campaign dedicated to ensuring full enforcement of the Parity Act.  Maryland is one of five states in which Parity at 10 ins focusing its advocacy efforts.

On October 24, 2019, EveryMind hosted a legislative briefing to bring this issue to light.  Ellen Weber of the Legal Action Center and Laura Mitchell, an advocate for addiction and mental health parity, shared information about the Parity Act’s standards, current barriers to enforcement, strategies to improve accountability and ways in which Maryland residents and legislators can get involved on this issue.  Montgomery County Councilmember, Gabe Albornoz and Maryland State Delegate for District 16, Ariana Kelly opened the briefing.


EveryMind Annual Staff Appreciation Picnic

EveryMind’s Annual Staff Appreciation Picnic was held again this year at Lake Needwood on June 19, 2019.  Events included yoga, hiking, board games, cornhole and a modified version of Ellen’s Game of Games!  Food was provided by Cava and we had Captain Cookie and the Milk Man return again this year with dessert!  Thanks to our amazing Picnic Coordinating Committee – Jen Grinnell, Kelly Danso, Diana Barney and Kelly Collins, for planning and flawlessly executing such a fun event to say thank you to the wonderfully talented, compassionate, dedicated staff who bring EveryMind’s mission to life every day!

Click on the picture above to activate an enlarged version of the video slideshow!


2019 Volunteer Appreciation Ceremony

On May 14th, EveryMind staff, board members, elected officials and community supporters gathered at the Amp at Strathmore to celebrate the contributions made to the organization and the community by a large, diverse and immensely talented and compassionate cadre of volunteers.  Without these amazing individuals, EveryMind would not be able to do all that it does.  We are so appreciative of everything our volunteers do!  They make a world of difference!

 

Once again, EveryMind is proud to partner with Katherine Meadows of KM Photography to capture this event through photos.  More of Katie’s work can be found on Facebook @KatieMeadowsPhotography and on Instagram @kmeadowsphotography.

2019 Volunteer Appreciation Honorees

Robert Washington
Crisis Prevention & Intervention Services

MedStar Health
Linkages to Learning

Stan Seidel
ServingTogether & Homeless Outreach

Altrusa
Montgomery County Thrift Shop

Clare Lynch
Friendly Visitor

Ken Thompson
Representative Payee

Thank you to our Volunteers, Guests, Elected Officials and Supporters who made this evening so special.


School Community United in Partnership (SCUP)

20th Anniversary Annual Conference

“Resiliency in the Face of Loss and Hardship”

Friday, October 4, 2019

8:00 am – 12:30 pm

The Conference Center at The Universities at Shady Grove

Agenda:

8:00 a.m. – Registration, Breakfast, Resource Room, Networking

9:00 a.m. – Welcome Remarks

9:15 a.m. – Keynote Address – “Hope and Reslience” –  Gabe Albornoz, Montgomery County Councilmember

9:45 a.m. – Break/Resource Room

10:05 a.m. – Workshops Session I – click here for more details

11:05 a.m. – Break/Resource Room

11:15 a.m. – Workshops Session II – click here for more details

12:15 a.m. – Complete evaluations/collect CEUs (school counselors and social workers)

 

Please bring a non-perishable food item for donation.