Montgomery County Hotline 301.738.2255

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






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

LGBTQIA+ Youth Mental Health Town Hall Series

The first event in this series, held on March 24, 2022 at 6:30 pm, was geared towards parents, foster parents, caregivers, guardians, extended family members, mental health professionals, and service providers.


• Define common language and acronyms used to convey the importance of inclusive language
• Recognize risk factors that increase the chances LGBTQ youth will experience a mental health disorder
• Identify ways family members, school staff, and mental health professionals can support the mental wellness of LGBTQ+ youth
• Highlight local and national resources available to support LGBTQ+ youth

Upcoming Events in the Town Hall Series:

Providing Healthy Support Systems to our Hispanic LGBTQ+ Youth

(presented in Spanish, October 2022)

Suicide Prevention and Intervention: How To Help Others In A Crisis 

(September 2022)

LGBTQ+ Youth Panel

(November 2022)

Mental Health Town Hall: Like: Youth Mental Health and Social Media

Mental Health Town Hall

FREE Virtual Screening of the Film LIKE

followed by a Panel Discussion

LIKE is a film-based education program exploring the impact of social media on our lives and the effects of technology on the brain. The goal of the film is to inspire us to self-regulate. Social media is a tool and social platforms are a place to connect, share, and care … but is that what’s really happening?



Vince DeVivo,

Community Outreach Specialist, US Attorney’s Office

Kirsten Robinette,LMSW

Therapist and Manager, Crisis Prevention & Intervention Services, EveryMind

Kate Stephens, LCPC

Counselor and Associate, Empowering You, LLC

Our Mental Health Town Hall screening of “Like” with a panel discussion on the impacts of social media on youth mental health took place on December 14th @ 6:30pm!

Click the button below to view the film and panel discussion.

Free Virtual Screening and Panel Discussion of the Movie Angst

Free Virtual Screening
followed by a Panel Discussion moderated by Dr. Debra Bright,
Associate Dean of Student Success and Rockville Student Affairs, Montgomery College
September 30th, 2021
6:30 – 8:00pm
Elise Resnick, Mental Health Therapist, EveryMind
Ned Johnson, Author, The Self-Driven Child
Nasser Katende Katamba, Student, Montgomery College

Presented by:

in Partnership with:

Statement on the American Withdrawal from Afghanistan

Like most in our community, we have followed the fall of Afghanistan this past weekend with shock and grief. We grieve for those Americans who have lost so much, for our allies in Afghanistan, and for those who face impending human rights atrocities. In the wake of so much tragic recent news, from the rise in deaths due to the Delta variant, to the loss of life in Haiti, to the recent deaths by suicide of our Capital Police Officers, our region is experiencing heightened anxiety and trauma.

Images in the news may remind some of how we left Vietnam while others may not remember a time before the tragic events of 9/11 and the presence of our forces in Afghanistan. Afghanistan was America’s longest armed conflict. Our military-connected community paid dearly: almost 2,500 American troops and just under 4,000 contractors made the ultimate sacrifice, with countless more suffering wounds both visible and invisible from their time in Afghanistan.

Like you, we at EveryMind have friends, family, and colleagues who served in Afghanistan or know someone whose life was irrevocably changed by their time there. For them, and for us, this is personal.

EveryMind’s 24-hour Hotline staff are ready to listen, text, and chat with you. EveryMind’s ServingTogether Peer Navigators are here to connect our military-connected community to vital resources and service provider partners. We understand that you, or your battle buddy, may need support to process this historical turn of events.

We are here to support you. We are committed to you.

Yours in support,

Ann Mazur, CEO

Reach out to us:
24/7 Hotline Call or Text: 301.738.2255 / 800.273.8255
EveryMind Hotline specialists are available by phone, text, and chat and operate your local National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
ServingTogether Veteran Peer Navigator: 855.738.7176
EveryMind’s ServingTogether team stands committed to coordinate care for our community’s active duty, veterans, and military-connected families. We are a part of the AmericaServes and Unite Us East networks.
The community can also look to EveryMind’s dedicated staff of mental health professionals for counseling services.

ServingTogether Announces Expansion Into Central Maryland

Thanks to the support of the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation,
ServingTogether’s Central Maryland Veterans Collaborative launched on Tuesday, May 11th, and will take place quarterly.
The format for these collaboratives will be an informal and inclusive meeting with representation from across the region – nonprofits, service providers, veterans’ service organizations, and local government – to ensure that services are not being duplicated, and military and veteran families receive the best possible information and access to care and benefits.
Celebrate with us as we work to collectively coordinate efforts to serve our Veteran and Military-connected communities in Anne Arundel, Baltimore County, Baltimore City, Harford County, Howard County, and  across
Central Maryland.

Contact Katie Kilby, ServingTogether’s Central Maryland Program Manager, for more information:

Watch our launch presentation to learn more about the resources, programs, and trainings open to all Central Maryland Service Members, Veterans, and their Families.

Visit the ServingTogether website to register as a provider or to connect to assistance through our Peer Navigators.


Asian American and Pacific Islander Mental Wellness Resources

EveryMind has partnered with Asian American Health Initiative (AAHI), a part of the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services, and Primary Care Coalition (PCC) to provide training at increasing the mental wellness of Montgomery County’s Asian American community while decreasing the stigma associated with mental health. 

Content for the videos was developed in response to surveys sent through community partners serving the Asian community and focus on stress reduction. EveryMind was pleased to work with American Diversity Group, Vietnamese American Services, Korean Community Service Center of Greater Washington, Chinese Culture and Community Service Center, Islamic Center of Maryland, CCI Health Services, Asian American Inter Community Service, Montgomery County Muslim Foundation, and the many partner organizations and individuals whose contributions to this program were invaluable. This program and its activities are funded by AAHI, a part of the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services, and the PCC.

The videos are available in Hindi, Urdu, Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese and include a survey for viewers to provide feedback. The surveys are vital to this project and will help us bring more trainings like these to you.

Please take the time to share these and additional resources at the bottom of the page with your communities. 

Training Overview: Stress Education and Burnout Prevention

The challenges of the past few years have highlighted the need for us all to prioritize our own self-care. Self-care is vital to our overall well-being and research has shown that self-care activities can help cope with stress and improve mental, emotional, and physical health. This training will provide participants with the knowledge and skills to develop a self-care plan that is unique to your own interests.

Participants will learn:

• Definitions of stress, burnout and self-care

• The impact self-care can have on your overall wellbeing

• Proven and effective self-care strategies


Annie Liu holds a Master’s in psychology from Harvard University as well as a Masters in Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania.  She has written two books and translated nine books from English into Chinese, including the best seller Grit. She worked for many years as a Mandarin broadcaster at a radio station and has given hundreds of lectures and presentations in psychology in the past years.


Shahin Sebastian is the program manager of the Patient Navigator Program and the Hindi-Urdu, Russian and Malayalam Medical Interpreter with Cross Cultural Infotech. Ms. Sebastian holds a Masters degree in Microbiology from Odesa State University, Ukraine. Ms. Sebastian is a community health educator, and teaches self-management of Chronic diseases, Chronic and Diabetes and Mental Health First Aid. Ms. Sebastian is also a community mental health counselor with the PEARLS program (the Program to encourage active and rewarding lives). Ms. Sebastian loves traveling, creative writing, forest bathing and self-improvement through guided meditation, book clubs, family and friends.


MIN, EUN YOUNG has a Bachelor of Music, majoring in classical piano performance from Chung-Ang University, South Korea. Ms. Young is a trained Medical Interpreter at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore MD, a Court interpreter for Maryland Courts and a community interpreter at the Korean congregation of Chapelgate Presbyterian Church. She is very adept at consecutive, simultaneous, and telephonic modes. Ms. Young is a community health worker and has actively promoted mental health awareness and education in the Korean community for 20+ years via several seminars and presentations in the Korean community.


Saadia Perwaiz from Lahore, Pakistan holds a Master’s degree in Political Science and is an Emerging Leaders Fellow through the American Montessori Society. Ms. Perwaiz has 20 years of experience as an educator of ‘sensorial and practical living’ in an Early Childhood environment and is also a trainer for Montgomery Montessori Institute (MMI) and American Montessori Society (AMS). Ms. Perwaiz is familiar with Mental Health and encourages family and friends to seek professional help when necessary and strives to bring awareness tin her community. Ms. Perwaiz’s son is a sophomore at the University of Maryland, and her husband is a microbiologist. She enjoys music, laughing, board games, getting together with friends, and traveling with family.


Anh Tran is a patient Navigator and Medical Interpreter with Cross Cultural Infotech. Ms. Tran is bilingual in English and Vietnamese and has a fair knowledge of French. Ms. Tran holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Catholic University of America and a AHEC Certificate in Interpreting in Health & Community Settings. Ms. Tran has 13 years of experience in promoting and educating the Vietnamese community on the urgency of caring for mental and physical well-being in the DMV area.

Mental Health Resources for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders

The mission of the Asian American Health Initiative (AAHI), part of the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services, is to improve the health and wellness of Asian American communities in Montgomery County by applying equity, community engagement, and data-driven approaches.
AAPA is dedicated to advancing the mental health and wellbeing of Asian American communities through research, professional practice, education, and policy.
  1. Asian American Journal of Psychology: The Journal aims to promote a better understanding of Asian American individuals and communities through research, practice, advocacy, education, and policy pertinent to all areas of psychology and related disciplines.
  2. LGBTQ+ Resources: Aligning with AAPA’s mission to advance mental health and wellness for all Asian Americans, AAPA is committed to advocating for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer Asian Americans. Below, we have compiled the following resources in supporting the AAPI LGBTQ community.
It is the mission of the Asian Mental Health Collective to normalize and de-stigmatize mental health within the Asian community. The Asian Mental Health Collective aspires to make mental health easily available, approachable, and accessible to Asian communities worldwide.
As a health justice non-profit organization, APIAHF is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of more than 20 million AAs and NHPIs living in the United States and its jurisdictions.