February 11th, 2021  
In this Issue:
New Recordings & more!
Maryland Health Connection, NIMH,
 and more!

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Don't miss out!  Join us virtually for the launch of our 2021 NAMIWalks Your Way Maryland: Creativity Connects campaign on Wednesday, February 24th, 2021 at 12:00 pm and learn how you can be part of the BIGGEST mental health fundraising and awareness campaign in the country.

The launch will feature: 
  • The brand new NAMIWalks Your Way video;
  • Free giveaways;
  • The reveal of our 2021 NAMIWalks theme;
  • Hands on activity with the Eating Recovery Center;
  • and so much more!
 RSVP now and be part of this unique mental health awareness campaign!


Upcoming Webinars:
Resilience and Well-being
Thursday, February 18th, 2021 at 5:00 PM | Presented by Catherine Gray

This presentation helps us look at what resilience is, how we can build resilience skills in ourselves, and how we can foster resilience in others. Resilience is the strength, skills and resources to help us thrive. These skills can be developed and enhanced throughout our lives.
Part of the CovidCONNECT project.
Creating a Peer Support Team for First Responders
Monday, March 8, 2021 at 12:00 PM | Presented by Lt. Steven Thomas, Mark Junkerman, & Michelle Warshauer

Let's face it, First Responders often deal with the unimaginable. The COVID-19 pandemic has created additional stressors that may feel overwhelming to an already difficult and sometimes dangerous job.  
This webinar will discuss the importance of creating a peer support team for First Responders. Additionally, this webinar will explain how Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) can help guide how peers and clinicians integrate and work together within their roles. A case study and lessons learned from the field will be explored.

Register now.
Bridging the Gap: Effective First Responder & Mental Health Care Partnerships
Originally Recorded 2/8/21 | Presented by Lt. Steven Thomas & Steve Plummer LCPC

The lack of mental health crisis services across the U.S. has resulted in a need for first responders to serve in mental health situations. It is important for first responders to form effective strategies and partnerships with local mental health services.

This presentation will explore the intersection of first responders with mental health care and teach how to develop effective strategies to build strong partnerships to ensure access to quality treatment and increase awareness around the needs of mental health care for first responder professionals.   
Advocacy Day Training is Monday, 2/15/21!

Do you have questions about our Virtual Advocacy Day? Do you want to know what to expect on February 18th? If so, the 2021 Advocacy Day Training Webinar is for you!

Join us at 3:00 pm on Monday, February 15th, 2021 to learn the structure of our Virtual Advocacy Day, engage in discussions about our 2021 legislative priorities, and discover how to be a successful advocate.

If you plan to attend our Virtual Advocacy Day on February 18th, you must attend this webinar or view the recording before Thursday, February 18th, 2021.
Key dates and deadlines:
  •  Training webinar: Monday, Feb 15th @ 3:00 pm
  • Materials: (talking points, meeting background, relevant bills) will be delivered via email to affiliates and all registrants on Friday, Feb 12th so you have the weekend to review prior to the webinar.
Welcome to CovidCONNECT:
A website to discover resources, stay current on the newest information and find support
CovidCONNECT is now live and open to the public!  The purpose of CovidCONNECT is to provide a resource for Maryland residents who have personal experience with COVID-19 - whether through having the virus yourself, or having it impact your life in other ways. Perhaps you nursed someone, or lost someone, who had COVID-19. On CovidCONNECT, you can read testimonials from other Marylanders who have had Covid, discover clinical trials in which you may be eligible to participate, educate yourself on the newest Covid-related information, and connect with others who have also suffered personal impact in this pandemic.
CovidCONNECT Webinar Series

NAMI Maryland is honored to work with the Maryland Health Department on providing necessary and critical resources for CovidCONNECT, including the CovidCONNECT Webinar Series, taking place every other Thursday! 
These presentations include speakers who cover topics on mental health, wellness and recovery. These webinars are curated specifically for Marylanders who have been impacted by COVID-19.  
Registration is required. 
Attention Mental Health Professionals!

Are you a licensed, practicing mental health professional and a member of your corresponding professional association?  We need your help on a research study!  We are asking you to participate in a one-time, 90 minute virtual focus group meeting with 2 or three colleagues to help advance the science of nascent mental health.  If you're interested, contact Sebastiana at sgianci@gmail.com or contact 301-520-9286

Coronavirus Emergency Special Enrollment Period will end May 15

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to have devastating effects, we want to make sure all Marylanders have access to health insurance.  
Maryland Health Connection will extend its current special enrollment period through May 15 to align with healthcare.gov, the federal health insurance marketplace.  All private health plans on Maryland Health Connection cover costs for COVID-19, including testing, treatment, and potential hospitalization.
Uninsured Marylanders can enroll in private health plans on  MarylandHealthConnection.gov now through May 15. Medicaid enrollment is available all year. 9 out of 10 who enroll get free or low-cost coverage.

A new NIMH study suggests that differences in the expression of gene transcripts - readouts copied from DNA that help maintain and build our cells - may hold the key to understanding how mental  
disorders with shared genetic risk factors result in different patterns of onset,  
symptoms, course of illness, and treatment responses.

People With Schizophrenia Have Increased Risk of Dying From COVID-19, Research Reveals
A study conducted in a major New York City hospital system in 2020 found that people with schizophrenia have 2.7 times the overall risk of dying within 45 days if they are infected with the COVID-19 virus. Higher mortality was not seen in people with depression or anxiety who contracted the virus.    Learn more.
NAMI Metropolitan Baltimore and NAMI Montgomery County SMARTS for Advocacy Modules!

NAMI Metropolitan Baltimore works with NAMI Maryland and NAMI affiliates throughout the state to advance our legislative priorities. They are committed to ensuring access to comprehensive, quality mental health care, recognizing these services improve the lives of the more than one million Marylanders affected by mental illness.

This year, Advocacy Day will be virtual on February 18th. Register below to attend the last training module, and learn how you can be an advocate for those impacted by mental illness!

Dates and Modules:
Did you know that you can generate donations while shopping for your valentine, at no extra cost?  
Simply start your shopping at smile.amazon.com/ch/52-1295484 to confirm "NAMI Maryland, Inc." as your charity of choice, and AmazonSmile will donate a portion of your eligible purchase price to our organization at no extra cost to you!