Mental Health Awareness

Mental Health Resources
Represented by the color green, Mental Health Awareness helps educate and increase understanding about mental illness and behavioral health disorders. This year awareness efforts are especially important as recent polls find that coronavirus is harming the mental health of millions of Americans. 

Harford County is joining with community partners locally and nationwide to bring informative free online resources for citizens of all ages, including weekly social media posts, suicide prevention training, virtual workshops, and conflict management tools.

Resources include tips for managing stress, recognizing the signs of depression, coping with grief, parenting, and preventing isolation during social distancing.

https://harfordcrisiscenter.org/

Klein Family Harford Crisis Center


Virtual Events


Behavioral Health Administration
Mental Health Supports during the COVID-19 Crisis
Here you will find links to multiple new and archived webinars for providers and the general public, support groups, and information guides.

Ed Lalley Foundation
Virtual Meditation Classes

Tuesdays, 8:00 a.m. | YouTube 7-Minute Meditation 
Thursdays, 6:30 p.m. | Facebook Live Presentations
The Ed Lally Foundation, which brings awareness and expression to mental health, will be holding free virtual meditation classes and Facebook Live sessions, providing insight and offering coping methods.  

Mental Health America
Mental Health for Remote Workers: Supporting Employees & One Another
Recorded WebinarThis webinar discusses the impact of COVID-19 and remote work on employees, signs of employee struggle, and practical ways to support employee mental health.

Mental Heath Resources for Children


Children's Mental Health Matters
The Children's Mental Health Matters! campaign brings together non-profits, schools, and other agencies to raise public awareness of the importance of children's mental health and substance use, help reduce the stigma of mental health, and connect families, educators and providers throughout Maryland with resources to help children. See the May Children's Mental Health Calendar for information and activities for children.

Talking to our Children about the Coronavirus
This video from NeuroLogic discusses some basic thoughts about how to approach talking with your children about the Coronavirus. We take a brain-based approach to think through what our children are going through and how we can help them  through this difficult time.

Parent/Caregiver Guide to Helping Families Cope With the Coronavirus Disease 2019
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network provides information for parents and caregivers about infectious disease outbreaks in your community. Knowing important information about the outbreak and learning how to be prepared can reduce stress and help calm likely anxieties. This resource will help parents and caregivers think about how an infectious disease outbreak might affect their family— both physically and emotionally—and what they can do to help their family cope.

Simple Activities for Children and Adolescents
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network offers activity ideas to parents and caregivers whose families are sheltering in place, social distancing, and homeschooling due to school closures amidst the COVID-19 outbreak.

Caring for Each Other | Sesame Street
Your friends on Sesame Street are here to support you and your family during the COVID-19 health crisis. This site provides content and resources you can use with your family to offer comfort and spark playful learning activities.

“Just Breathe”
This Short film from Wavecrest Films features kids speaking candidly about anger and how they cope.

FACE COVID - How to Respond Effectively to the Corona Crisis
In this brief animation, Dr. Russ Harris, author of the international best-seller "The Happiness Trap", illustrates how to use Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to deal with the Corona crisis and the fear and worry that goes with it.

Teens & COVID-19 - Challenges & Opportunities

Social distancing can be hard on teens; use this information to help them through this difficult time.

Tips to Help Teens Deal with Stress

Use these tips to help teens take a break from the barrage of constant communication to manage stress in a healthy way.

A Trauma-Informed Approach to Teach through Coronavirus -
For Students Everywhere, Online or Not

Article from the Washington Post

Additional Mental Health Resources


Conversations & Resources during COVID-19
Information from the University of Maryland for dealing with mental health during COVID-19.

Coronavirus - Coping with Stress
The Mental Health Association of Maryland offers tips and information to limit, manage and cope with stress.

Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation
Provides award winning podcasts dealing with addiction and recovery and includes in depth articles and information for subjects such as children of addicts, youth at risk, addiction and recovery tools, and much more.

Living with Mental Illness during COVID-19
Mental Health America discusses steps that individuals can take to minimize the impact of COVID-19 on their mental health.

Maryland Addiction Recovery Center
Blogs and articles that offer assistance in coping with addiction during COVID-19.

Maryland Department of Behavioral Health Administration 
Offers COVID-19 Telehealth guidance through its Telebehavioral Health Provider Locator Map.

Maternal Mental Health Leadership Alliance
Get information about maternal mental health challenges including signs and symptoms, risk factors, and interventions for recovery.

Mental Health Association of Maryland (MHAMD)

Information and resources to protect your well-being during COVID-19.
Information and Resources for Senior Citizens from MHAMD
MHAMD provides information and resources for older adults including tips for things to do at home, telehealth services, and  meal and food distribution,  

Postpartum Support International (PSI)

PSI provides weekly online support meetings including Perinatal (Pregnancy & Postpartum) Mood Support Groups, NICU Parents, Military Moms, and Pregnancy & Infant Loss.

Social Media & Mental Health
Information on the role social media plays in mental health and how excessive use can fuel feelings of anxiety, depression, isolation and FOMO (fear of missing out). Includes tips on how to modify habits and improve mood.

Veteran's Crisis Line
A free, confidential resource with specially trained staff experienced in helping veterans of all ages and circumstances.