October is a mix of things to celebrate and be informed about.
In October, we’re raising awareness about mental health, recovery and self care.
National Depression and Mental Health Screening Month- This observance works to bring awareness to the need for depression awareness and the need for accessible and affordable mental health screenings. A number of different factors can often come into play with depression that can include a mix of environmental, genetic, psychological, and biological /biochemical components. Not everyone experiences depression in the same way, but it can affect anyone at any time. So, it is important to take that next step and seek out professional help and be screened if you or someone you care about feels they may be depressed. Depression is a highly treatable condition with many different options available, but a professional should be sought out to help determine the best course of action for every individual that is suffering from it.
Health Literacy Month- Beginning in 1999, many organizations from many nations around the world have observed October as Health Literacy Month. The month is dedicated to bringing attention to the importance of making health-related information and education easy to understand, thereby making health care systems world-wide easier to navigate.
ADHD Awareness Month- There are over 17 million children and adults in the United States who suffer from ADHD. October is a month to celebrate the successes of those living with this condition, their families, educators, and caretakers. The goal of ADHD Awareness month is not only to celebrate these successes but to continue to look for further ways to improve the lives of those with ADHD.
Bullying Prevention Month- With the frightening increase of intolerance and bullying seen in schools across the United States, Bullying Prevention Month is observed in schools to teach children how to stand up together against it. There are several ways to get involved and get children involved. One way is to share and watch the movies shared each day throughout October from the Anti-Bullying Film Festival, and discuss these films and the messages afterward, and to encourage children to help make their environment safe and inclusive for all.
Mental Health Awareness Week (First week of October)- Started in 1990 by The United States Congress and observed the first week of every October, this week is dedicated to spreading awareness and education on mental illness. You can look to your community or online for events like seminars held by healthcare professionals, health fairs, art and music events & more. Did you know that over 25% of adults in the United States are estimated to be affected by a diagnosable mental illness every year and that 45% of these diagnoseable adults may be suffering from 2 or more mental health disorders? With numbers like these, it is imperative that we continue to spread awareness & to let each person know of the help available.
OCD Awareness Week (Second week of October)- OCD Awareness Week is a worldwide awareness campaign about obsessive-compulsive disorder & related disorders that spreads the message that effective help and treatment is available.
National Health Education Week (Third week of October)- National Health Education Week (NHEW)’s purpose is to take a week in October to address and increase awareness and understanding throughout the United States about health education. Activities, events, and webinars are held during the week to inform and educate people and promote a better understanding of health education.
National Depression Screening Day (October 8)- An estimated 40 million adults in the United States suffer from anxiety or depression. The intent of National Depression Screening Day is to bring help and hope to those who suffer from depression. Mental Health America (MHA) offers an online depression screening tool here. However, depression screening is not a diagnosis of depression. The tool is intended to help people who feel they may be affected by a depressive disorder start a conversation with their doctor or trusted individuals about their mental health. Other screening tests are available from the page as well.
World Mental Health Day (October 10)- Since 1992, World Mental Health Day is a day celebrated in over 150 countries worldwide to educate, advocate against stigma, and bring awareness of mental health education and available resources for help in communities. Many online events and resources are available, including the This Is My Brave Virtual Live Stream with poetry, music, storytelling, and more from people living with mental health conditions or who have been affected by a loved one’s mental health condition. You can also share your story on the website as well.
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725 Fallsway, Baltimore City
PG CO- Bethel House 301-372-1700 & Salvation Army of Prince George’s County Food Pantry 301-277-6103
AA CO- Anne Arundel County Food Access WARM Line 410- 222- 3663 &
Anne Arundel County Food Bank
120 Marbury Drive Crownsville, MD 21032
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Mental Health Assistance
National Alliance for Mental Illness
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Call 24/7: 1-800-273-8255
Baltimore Crisis Response, Inc.
Call 24/7: 410-433-5175 if you or someone you know needs help with a mental health crisis
Homeless Persons Representation Project (HPRP)
201 N. Charles St., Suite 1104, Baltimore City
410-685-6589 / 800-773-4340
Provides free legal aid to those experiencing or at risk of homelessness
Maryland Legal Aid
500 E. Lexington St., Baltimore City
Provides a full range of free civil legal services to financially eligible individuals, with a focus on legal issues concerning elder rights, employment, family, public benefits, health care and housing
Assists prisoners, ex-prisoners and others in need become independent, responsible citizens through civil legal assistance and re-entry services
Baltimore- Alternative Directions
2505 N. Charles St., Baltimore City
PG CO- People Ready 5814 Baltimore Ave.
Hyattsville, Maryland 20781 (301)277-2172
AA CO- AmeriCorps (800) 942-2677
Beans and Bread
402 South Bond St., Baltimore City
ID cards and birth certificates available on the first business day of the month to the first 5 to 10 people who arrive
435 East 25th St., Baltimore
Provides assistance with birth certificate and ID cards applications
ONE STOP CAREER CENTERS
Downtown One Stop Career Center
1100 North Eutaw St., Room 101, Baltimore City
Eastside One-Stop Career Center
3001 East Madison St., Baltimore City
Provides assistance with job search strategies, employment referrals and placement and other workforce services; offers access to copiers, faxes and phones
Northwest American Job Center (Re-entry Center)
Mondawmin Mall, Suite 302
2401 Liberty Heights Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21215
435 E. 25th St., Baltimore City
101 W. 23rd St., Baltimore City
2828 Loch Raven Rd., Baltimore City
Provides clothing, communication, laundry, food, recreation and showers
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