mental health

September 23, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

Community Mental Health Providers Say Staffing is a Challenge 

Community and nonprofit mental health organizations in Montgomery County say hiring diverse professionals is a challenge. The county council’s Education and Culture and Health and Human Services committees heard from several organizations during a virtual meeting Thursday. Jose Hernández, a bilingual psychotherapist for the nonprofit Affiliated Sante Group, said barriers include a shortage of licensed […]

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September 9, 2021 | Fran Murphy

A 9/11 Family Member Tells His Story of Survival

Eleven Montgomery County residents lost their lives in the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. All of them perished when American Airlines #77 hit the Pentagon. Michele Heidenberger was on board working as a senior flight attendant. Her husband, Tom Heidenberger of Chevy Chase, still mourns her loss as he reflects on the 20 years […]

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August 30, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

Leaders Focused on Mental Health Needs as Students Return to School

Monday was the first day of school for nearly 160,000 Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) students. MCPS is beginning the new academic year with in-person instruction five-days-a-week after 18 months of virtual and phased in-person learning due to COVID-19. While students live through a pandemic, leaders want to make sure they are supporting their mental […]

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August 10, 2021 | Michelle Queen

County Hosts Conversation on Mobile Mental Health Crisis Intervention Services

The next session in the county’s virtual series of conversations about mental health takes place Wednesday, Aug. 25 from 6 to 8 p.m. The event is free, open to the public, and no registration is required. Join the conversation on Teams Live at https://bit.ly/cahoots-training or view it live on the County Cable Montgomery and the County’s Facebook page. […]

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August 5, 2021 | Deirdre Byrne

Olympian Swimmer from Chevy Chase Talks Mental Health and Athletes

Phoebe Bacon, a U.S. Olympic swimmer from Chevy Chase, spoke to MyMCM about the conversations around mental health and athletes. Bacon expressed support for U.S. Olympic gymnast Simone Biles, who dropped out of several events in Tokyo, after she unexpectedly started struggling with her spacial awareness when competing in the air. Related Post: Olympian Phoebe […]

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July 7, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

Elrich to Discuss Preliminary Police Audit Report at Virtual Community Meeting Wednesday

Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich will discuss a recently-released preliminary audit report of the county police department (MCPD) during a virtual community forum at 6 p.m. Wednesday. Elrich will discuss recommendations from the report, released June 30, as well as other reimagining public safety implementation updates. He commissioned the independent audit as part of the […]

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June 24, 2021 | Madelyn Willoughby

County to Host Virtual Addiction Conversation June 30

A free online session about addiction will be open to the public on Wednesday, June 30 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Montgomery County’s Department of Health and Human Services’ Behavioral Health and Crisis Services team staff will use the meeting to talk about addiction signs, symptoms, treatments and services, according to a press release from […]

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June 23, 2021 | Suzanne Pollak

‘This Year has Been Pretty Rough’: Panelists Address Increased Mental Health Issues in Schools

Students, parents, teachers and administrators all suffered during the past year of virtual teaching, creating stress and mental health issues that often were not dealt with, according to panelists who spoke during a webinar Wednesday organized by U.S. Rep. David Trone. “This year has been pretty rough,” declared Kyson Taylor, a rising twelfth grader at […]

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May 19, 2021 | Suzanne Pollak

Council Commemorates National Mental Health Awareness Month in May

During the pandemic, mental health issues and drug overdoses rose as did calls for help to Montgomery County’s mobile crisis team. Dr. Raymond Crowel, director of the county’s Department of Health and Human Services, told members of the Montgomery County Council May 19 as part of a presentation for this month’s Mental Health Awareness month […]

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May 6, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

Hogan Launches ‘Project Bounce Back’ to Help Youth Recover from Pandemic Effects

Gov. Larry Hogan announced a new initiative to help young Marylanders recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. “This global pandemic has been an extremely difficult time for nearly everyone. But it has been perhaps most difficult for our children,” Hogan said during a press conference Thursday. Uncertainty and isolation combined with prolonged school closures has been […]

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