EMPOWERING MINDS MESSENGER
May 2022
In May we highlight the following:

  • Mental Health Awareness Month
  • Women's Health Month
  • National Foster Care Month
  • National Maternal Depression Month

This month's newsletter includes useful information about local events and resources as well as exciting agency updates.
Employee Spotlight May 2022

Your hard work and dedication is an example to everyone on our team! Thank you for being your best every day!

Everyone at EMRC are grateful for all of your hard work, it definitely hasn’t gone unnoticed!

Thank you both tremendously.
WE'RE HIRING!

Empowering Minds is looking to add some new members to our wonderful team. Check out the link below for more information!


Licensed Mental Health Therapist- Full time
Empowering Minds Resource Center is seeking a licensed clinician to provide therapeutic services to children and families in the Baltimore, Anne Arundel and Harford County areas. This individual will be responsible for providing clinical assessment/diagnostic and follow-up individual and group therapy. He/she will develop and monitor treatment plans and client progress, document significant interactions, and maintain clinical charts and other reporting data. The candidate should have the ability to work with a diverse client population in a variety of treatment approaches.
Minimum Qualifications: 
Must possess active master level license (LMSW, LGPC, LCSW, LCSW-C, LCPC) in Maryland; and 1 year of comparable experience. Polished communication skills.
***$5000 sign on bonus w/2 year employment commitment***

Licensed Mental Health Therapist
Licensed Mental Health Therapist - Part Time
Baltimore, Glen Burnie and Edgewood locations (Telehealth is available)
Empowering Minds Resource Center is seeking a licensed clinician to provide therapeutic services to children and families in the Baltimore, Anne Arundel and Harford County areas. This individual will be responsible for providing clinical assessment/diagnostic and follow-up individual and group therapy. He/she will develop and monitor treatment plans and client progress, document significant interactions, and maintain clinical charts and other reporting data. The candidate should have the ability to work with a diverse client population in a variety of treatment approaches.
Minimum Qualifications: Must possess active master level license (LMSW, LGPC, LCSW, LCSW-C, LCPC) in Maryland; and 1 year of comparable experience. Polished communication skills.

Case Manager - Baltimore, Harford and Prince Georges locations
 Job Summary:
· Provide targeted mental health case management for youth with serious emotional disturbances and co-occurring disorders
· Meet with enrolled and potential clients and their families to create a Plan of Care
· Conduct comprehensive assessments and other assessments as required by DHMH
· Coordinate and facilitate Family Team Meetings
· Provide management of the POCs
· Collect information during the application process and as identified in each POC
· Identify providers, supports, and resources for clients
· Coordinate meetings with client and family to (a) meet with providers to ensure goodness of fit for proposed services and products in compliance with the POC (b) meet with family peer-to- peer support, intensive in-home service, mobile crisis response service, and other providers appropriate to the POC
· Maintain client clinical documentation using EHR
· Provide on-call services as scheduled
· Promptly respond to client crises
· Provide case management for client open-access as scheduled.
· Facilitate groups


The Direct Service Coordinator (DSC) assists clients with mental illness in reaching a higher level of independence and integration within their community. The DSC is an advocate who support clients in accessing and coordinating benefits, services and community-based resources.
  • Monitor each client during in-person visits of 30-45 minutes for a minimum of three visits (for children & adolescents) and six visits (for adults) per month and document any changes in the client's emotional, psychological, or physical health
  • Document monthly all client contact, interaction, interventions and goal achievement, including dates, locations, and types of contact 
  • Work cooperatively with family and other involved professionals to coordinate services with other agencies and programs in the best interest of the client
  • Research and provide the client with community-based resources as needed to meet the client's needs and encourage progress toward personal goals
  • Facilitate client participation in weekly EMRC group meetings to encourage peer socialization and development of coping strategies/techniques
And a host of other positions
Visit our website for employment opportunities Employment
Learn about EMRC New Programs & Services:
Outpatient Mental Health Center (OMHC) and Care Coordination for Children, Youth, and Adults
Currently Accepting Referrals!!!!
ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS

Empowering Minds Resource Center is proud to announce there is currently NO WAIT LIST at the agency. We work hard everyday to ensure referrals are quickly processed and clients are engaged by our staff and partnered therapists immediately. We are ready, willing and able to accept new clients TODAY.
NOW ACCEPTING HARFORD COUNTY REFERRALS

Empowering Minds Resource Center has no waitlist for our CARE COORDINATION FOR MINORS and our PSYCHIATRIC REHABILITATION PROGRAM in Harford County
May is Mental Health Awareness Month.

Mental health is wealth, especially during Mental Health Awareness Month, which is celebrated in May. The stigma around mental health and treatment has long existed, even though this has started to change. Still, people hesitate to seek help or even talk about it with their loved ones for fear of being judged and facing unnecessary backlash. Simple logic dictates that if we are hurt anywhere, we must seek treatment to get better. This applies to both our mental- and physical well-being. While Mental Health Awareness Month is celebrated in the U.S., a more universal day is also celebrated by the WHO on October 10, and it is known as World Mental Health Day. 

MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH FAQS

What are some mental health helpline numbers? 

  • You can call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or text ‘MHA’ to 741741. You can also visit the following websites for more information: 

  • Mental Health America: https://mhanational.org/get-involved/contact-us
  • Suicide Crisis Lines: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_suicide_crisis_lines
  • Suicide Prevention Lines: https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/talk-to-someone-now/ 
 
What are the four types of mental illness? 

According to MedlinePlus some types of mental disorders are:

  • “Anxiety disorders, including panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and phobias.
  • Depression, bipolar disorder, and other mood disorders.
  • Eating disorders.
  • Personality disorders.
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder.
  • Psychotic disorders, including schizophrenia.”

What is the color of Mental Health Awareness Month?

  • Mental health awareness is represented by a green ribbon.

HOW TO OBSERVE MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH

Take care of yourself.

  • Life has numerous ups and downs. Some are solvable but others not so much. When your mental health acts up, seek the right treatment and make yourself better because, after all, life has much more to offer than just pain and suffering.

Take care of your loved ones.

  • Check up on your friends and family. Many times, all people need is a shoulder to cry on and/or an ear to listen. Support and encourage them if they are being treated for any mental problems.

Talk about mental health.

  • One of the best ways to celebrate Mental Health Awareness Month is by talking about it with your peers. The more you talk about it, the more normalized it will become. This is one of the aims of the month as the stigma attached to mental health has led to countless delays in treatment AND research on the matter.

5 FACTS ABOUT ANXIETY DISORDER THAT WILL BLOW YOUR MIND

Anxiety is the most common -
In the U.S., anxiety disorder is the most common form of mental illness.

Very few people seek treatment -
Anxiety disorder is treatable in many cases but only about 36% of people opt to get help.

Multiple factors cause anxiety -
From brain activities to genetics to life events, a host of factors can lead to a person developing an anxiety disorder.

Anxiety from a young age -
The National Institute of Mental Health states that 8% of American teenagers already have an anxiety disorder.

Exercise to fight anxiety -
Many studies have proven that a little boost of energy from exercise can help lessen the effects of anxiety disorder.

WHY WE LOVE MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH

It’s a celebration of mental health

  • The only way to enjoy life to the fullest and experience all its wonders is if we take care of ourselves, mentally and physically. Don’t shy away from talking about what’s plaguing you because it might not be your fault, no matter how much society tells you otherwise.

It’s a celebration of changing attitudes

  • We have come a long way from the times when mental patients were treated as outcasts, not only by their loved ones but also by medical professionals. Times have started changing and more and more people are changing their outlook on mental illnesses. However, we still have a long way to go.

It’s a celebration of humans

  • We humans are a set of meticulously-put-together details. Our minds (and bodies) work in harmony to bring us amazing feats in technology, science, humanities, literature, etc. Our mental power, therefore, needs to be taken care of for a better tomorrow for the coming generations.


National Women's Health Month

May as Women’s Health Month. It officially kicks off this year on May 10 with National Women’s Health Week, an annual observance led by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health. The goal is to empower women to make their health a priority and help women understand what steps they can take to improve their health.

National Women’s Health Week
May 8-14th 2022

National Women’s Health Week starts each year on Mother’s Day to encourage women and girls to make their health a priority. Even during COVID-19 when many of us are at home, there are safe ways for you to stay active and healthy.

Learn steps you can take for better health.

To improve your physical and mental health, you can:

  • Talk to your doctor online, by phone, or email.
  • Get active.
  • Eat a healthy and balanced diet.
  • Prioritize your mental health. Research shows that positive mental health is associated with improved overall health and well-being.
  • Practice healthy behaviors. Daily decisions influence your overall health.

National Foster Care Month

May is National Foster Care Month, a time to recognize that we can each play a part in enhancing the lives of children and youth in foster care. Starting in 1988, U.S. Presidents issued annual proclamations in recognition of National Foster Care Month to show appreciation and gratitude to foster parents across the nation.

The purpose of National Foster Care Month continues to evolve based on the needs of the time. Current activities focus on increasing the visibility of the needs of children and youth in foster care and highlighting how the child welfare system can prioritize foster care as a service to families and promote reunification.

The Children's Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the federal agency that seeks to provide for the safety, permanency, and well-being of children through leadership, support for necessary services, and productive partnerships with states, tribes, and communities. Foster care is a part of the constellation of services provided to children and families. The intent of foster care is to provide a safe environment for children and youth who temporarily cannot live with their families.

Today, the Children's Bureau, together with its partners, supports National Foster Care Month through a website developed with Child Welfare Information Gateway, its information service.

Key Facts and Statistics

  • There are over 407,000 children and youth in foster care, and 34 percent were placed with relatives or kin. 

  • When children cannot remain safely in their home, placement with relatives and kin - both formally through the child welfare system and informal through family arrangements - can increase stability, reduce trauma, and help children maintain a sense of family, belonging and identity. 

  • Investing in culturally appropriate services and supports for relative and kin caregivers may help reinforce a child’s cultural identity and traditions. their parents or primary caregiver.

  • Relational permanency is fundamental to the well-being of children and youth. Maintaining relationships with relatives and kin can help provide a sense of belonging for young people in care.

For more resources and information visit : https://www.childwelfare.gov/fostercaremonth/resources/

Maternal Depression Month

May is National Maternal Depression Month, it is also Mental Health Awareness month. In light of this Alliance Ob/Gyn wants to bring light to Postpartum Depression or PPD. The silent cloud that plagues 15-20% of women who gave birth, miscarried, or had a still birth needs to be discussed. If you suffer from postpartum depression, you are not alone. There is information and resources that can help you and educate you.

Many women who suffer from postpartum depression often have postpartum anxiety. Often mistaken for “baby blues”, PPD lasts much longer and the signs and symptoms are more intense, eventually interfering with your ability to care for your baby and handle other daily tasks. According to Mayo Clinic Women who have postpartum depression are women who have had a baby within the last 12 months and exhibit the following symptoms;

  • Feeling overwhelmed-feeling like you will never be able to handle the responsibilities of motherhood and doubting and questioning your decision to become a mother.
  • Guilt for believing you should be handling motherhood better, feeling tat your baby deserves better, or may even be better off without you
  • Numbness, a feeling of being empty
  • Depressed mood or severe mood swings
  • Excessive Crying
  • Difficulty bonding with your baby
  • Withdrawing from family and friends
  • Loss of appetite or eating much more than usual
  • Inability to Sleep (insomnia) or sleeping too much
  • Overwhelming fatigue or loss of energy
  • Reduced interest and pleasure in activities you used to enjoy
  • Intense irritability and anger
  • Fear that you are not a good mother
  • Feelings of worthlessness, shame, guilt, and or inadequacy
  • Diminished ability to think clearly, concentrate or make decisions
  • Severe anxiety and panic attacks
  • Thoughts of harming yourself or your baby
  • Recurring thoughts of death or suicide

When is it time to see a Doctor?

When left untreated postpartum depression may last longer and symptoms may worsen. If you are experiencing some of the above symptoms and they do not dissipate in two weeks, get worse, hinder you from completing daily tasks and are having thoughts of self harm or harm to your baby, it is time to schedule an appointment with your doctor and get help. If you are not experiencing PPD but have a loved one or friend who is exhibiting the above symptoms or has spoken to you about it, we urge you to assist them in seeking help and not wait around hoping for things to get better.

Having thoughts of self harm? Here are your options!

If you are experiencing thoughts of self harm or harming your baby it is time to reach out. This is a very serious matter and we urge you to seek help help from your loved ones or close friends/family, calling 911 is another option and they will talk you through the difficult time and options.

Here are some options that may help you if you start to experience suicidal thoughts

  • Reach out to your mental health specialist. If you do not have one consult with your insurance company to help you locate a provider that takes your insurance in your area.
  • Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255
  • Reach out to a close friend or loved one.
  • Seek help from your Obstetrician, Midwife, primary care doctor, or other physician that you feel comfortable with.
  • If you are involved in a faith based community, reach out to your minister, priest, or spiritual leader.

Risk Factors

The risk of suffering from PPD increase if…

  • You have bipolar disorder
  • You have a history of depression either during pregnancies or when you are not pregnant
  • You have experienced PPD after a previous pregnancy
  • You have a family history of depression or other mood disorders
  • Stressful events during your pregnancy
  • Your newborn has or will have health problems, or other special needs
  • you are experiencing Difficulty with breast feeding
  • You and your spouse/significant other are having relationship issues
  • You are having financial problems
  • You lack a reliable support system
  • Your pregnancy was unplanned or unwanted

Behaviors that are protective of maternal Mental health

Preventing PPD is very important and can only be done through awareness and education. Getting to know your risk factors and identifying symptoms early can make a world of difference. Try to embrace the healthy behaviors that can reduce your risk and even help alleviate symptoms if you find you fall into that category.

  • Breastfeeding
Breastfeeding is protective of maternal mental health IF you are not having problems with breastfeeding. Breastfeeding decreases stress and inflammatory responses.
  • Decreasing relationship stress with your spouse or significant other
  • Increasing your intake of B-Complex Vitamins
  • Eating a healthy balanced diet
  • The research on the relationship between what foods you consume/gut health and the brain are outstanding. The healthier the diet the healthier your brain will be.
  • Exercise
  • Getting active increases, the feel good neurochemical Serotonin in the blood which results in lowered anxiety and improved mood!
  • Getting enough Rest and Sleep
  • Yes, we realize this may sound impossible to new mothers but it is very important to your mental health and energy levels.
  • Try resting when your baby sleeps, and do not be afraid to ask for help when needed!
  • Stay hydrated!
  • Drink plenty of water! Dehydration is directly linked to anxiety and lack of energy.
  • If you breastfeed, this puts you at higher risk of dehydration, so make sure you drink up and replenish your body!
  • Reduce Stress
  • Try some stress reducing techniques to easy your mind and relax your nerves.
  • Mediation, deep breathing techniques, exposure to nature and sun, yoga, and tea are just a few great stress reduction modalities that you can incorporate into your day.
  • Remember ladies, you are not alone, feel free to reach out to our women’s health specialists for questions and concerns about your emotional wellbeing.



Community Resources:

Visit FoundinFaithMD.org/get-help/apply/
to apply to the Fresh Start Furniture Program TODAY!
If you do not have computer access, please call 443-519-2464 ext. 2
ALL FURNITURE REQUESTS ARE SCHEDULED BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

If you need immediate help finding shelter or a place to eat, call 211.

Meals

Baltimore- Our Daily Bread Employment Center
725 Fallsway, Baltimore City
443-986-9000


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

Harford CO- Breathe 379, 2124 Nuttal Ave. Edgewood. Groceries, prepared food, clothes.
& EPICENTER, EPICENTER at Edgewood, 1918 Pulaski Hwy, Edgewood. 443.981.3742.


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

Legal Services

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
410-951-7777
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

Reentry Services

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
410-889-5072

PG CO- People Ready 5814 Baltimore Ave.
Hyattsville, Maryland 20781 (301)277-2172

AA CO- AmeriCorps (800) 942-2677


Identification

Beans and Bread
402 South Bond St., Baltimore City
410-732-1892
ID cards and birth certificates available on the first business day of the month to the first 5 to 10 people who arrive

Manna House
435 East 25th St., Baltimore
410-889-3001
Provides assistance with birth certificate and ID cards applications

Employment Assistance

ONE STOP CAREER CENTERS
Downtown One Stop Career Center
1100 North Eutaw St., Room 101, Baltimore City
410-767-2148

Eastside One-Stop Career Center
3001 East Madison St., Baltimore City
410-396-9030
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
Telephone: 410-396-7873


DROP-IN CENTERS

Manna House
435 E. 25th St., Baltimore City
410-889-3001

Franciscan Center
101 W. 23rd St., Baltimore City
410-467-5340

H.O.P.E.
2828 Loch Raven Rd., Baltimore City
410-327-5830
Provides clothing, communication, laundry, food, recreation and showers

** For any other region specific info email socialmedia@emrcgroup.org **


Empowering Minds has partnered with the Salvation Army, location to provide hot meals in Baltimore City to the homeless. We recognize a need to provide support services and meet the needs of our struggling community. As the weather changes we are asking for donations to purchase socks and blankets. We appreciate all donation. https://www.emrcgroup.org/make-a-donation/
UPCOMING EVENTS:
EMRC In-person Groups
Call your local EMRC office for more info!
(EMRC Clients ONLY, Accepting referrals)
Groups
Be Safe is an app that enables people at risk of overdose to anonymously connect with remote support. This could be a useful tool to help people who use drugs reduce the risk of overdose when they are using alone.
 
The organization, Brave, that developed the app are based in Vancouver. However, supports are available in the United States. To join the Maryland Public Community in the app, use the join code “Maryland”. 
Empowering Minds is proud to recognize Crystal Turner as the Direct Service Coordinator of the month.

Empowering Minds would like to recognize Crystal Turner. Crystal makes herself available to her clients supporting the demands of their needs in an effort to assist clients with meeting their goals to become stable in the communities. In addition to researching resources that are tailored to her client's needs, Crystal follows up on utilized resources and consistently searches for community assets to improve the lives of individuals she facilitates services. Empowering Minds would like to highlight the commitment Crystal has demonstrated to her clients and EMRC supporting the needs and goals of clients while representing the mission of EMRC.