February 2017
EveryMind News News

Take the First Step Toward Making a Difference!hotline

We are recruiting Crisis Prevention and Intervention volunteers to serve as emotional support/crisis intervention specialists for a 24/7 confidential hotline, as well as text and online chat services. The next training course begins April 1. 

All kinds of people can be trained as successful hotline specialists: retirees, stay at home parents, young professionals, empty-nesters, college students, or anyone with a desire to make a positive impact on the well-being of our community. 

Develop your supportive listening skills, build your resume, or help improve or even save someone's life. Training and volunteering as a Crisis Prevention and Intervention specialist will help you achieve all of those goals. If you're an undergraduate or graduate student, you may register as an intern and possibly receive school credit.    

Here's what some of our Crisis Prevention and Intervention volunteers
have to say about their experience:

  • "Helping people who are in desperate need has been one of the most meaningful and fulfilling experiences of my life."
  • "The constant training in being able to listen and connect with others experiencing crisis was rewarding.  Knowing that I was able to help someone get through their day genuinely influenced me in a positive way."
  • "I love the people.  Everyone I came across, including the trainees, were very warm and welcoming.  The atmosphere that was created among everyone really contributed to my ability to do well as a hotline specialist."

To start making a difference, please visit  EveryMind's Volunteer page for more information and a Crisis Prevention and Intervention volunteer  application or contact Pamela Lee, EveryMind Volunteer Coordinator at PLee@Every-Mind.org.  

Join WMZQ and Zengo Cycle to "Spin For A Cause" - March 25thcycle

Do you love the feeling you get after a long workout at the gym? Whether its endorphins released after a long run, or the satisfaction from completing a rigorous workout, the mind-body connection may be the reason: when something is good for the body, it benefits the mind as well. 
98.7 WMZQ's Aly Jacobs and EveryMind invite you to a full-body energizing work out at Zengo Cycle Cathedral Commons on March 25th. This 50 minute cycle-centric workout is only $20 with 100% of the proceeds benefiting EveryMind to support our mental wellness programs and community education.
When : Saturday, March 25th, 1pm
Where : Zengo Cycle, Cathedral Commons,
3308 Wisconsin Ave, #202, Washington, DC  20016
Cost to Register : $20 per bike  
Zengo Cycle's full body, cycle-centric workout will put your body and your mind to work, so reserve your seat today! 

Seeking Applicants for the Sherry S. Hintz Scholarship Fundscholarship

The Sherry S. Hintz Scholarship Fund was created by an anonymous Montgomery County resident in memory of several women in her family who had lost their lives to breast cancer.  The Fund provides college scholarship awards  to Montgomery County students who have lost a parent/guardian to breast or ovarian cancer.  The Fund is administered through the Community Foundation for Montgomery County in partnership with EveryMind. 

Awardees of the Sherry S. Hintz Scholarship Fund may receive up to $20,000 per year for as many as four years of undergraduate education. All applications and attachments must be postmarked by March 15, 2017.

You may be eligible if you:
  • Are a resident of Montgomery County, Maryland
  • Are a member of a family with a demonstrated financial need
  • Are a high school junior, senior, or a high school graduate under 22 years old
  • Have achieved at least a 3.0 GPA
  • Are involved in a school, community, or athletic activity, ideally in a leadership position
  • Have lost a parent or primary guardian to breast or ovarian cancer
  • Wish to attend college
Contact Krista Zerby at 
kzerby@Every-Mind.org   or 301.424.0656 x509.

EveryMind Supports Inside (not Outside) Initiative to End Chronic Homelessness in Montgomery Countyhomeless 

Among all of the issues affecting our modern society, chronic homelessness is often seen as one of the most challenging. EveryMind is proud to stand with community and government partners across Montgomery County to confront this challenge. A newly formed initiative, Inside (not Outside), is working to raise awareness and attract support for the shared goal of the Montgomery County Interagency Commission on Homelessness (ICH) to end chronic homelessness by the end of 2017. 
EveryMind is uniquely positioned to add impact to this initiative. Recently, we expanded our Adult and Community Services staff to include three street outreach case managers (two of whom are bilingual) to provide direct services to individuals experiencing homelessness.
Inside (not Outside) is one part of the ICH member organizations' range of efforts, which include the recent successful drive to end Veterans homelessness in the County, the many successes in the 100,000 Homes campaign, and the ongoing work to assist families, children, and youth who are going through the trauma of being without a safe and stable home. 
Ending chronic homelessness is a huge goal. Only a handful of communities in the U.S. have successfully taken on the challenge and proven that they could move their most vulnerable residents into a permanent home and start a new chapter in their lives. 
With an appropriate sense of urgency and with partners including EveryMind, Montgomery County intends to join the roster. EveryMind is excited to participate in this community strengthening initiative.

For more information on the challenge and the strategy, click here.


EveryMind is a member of the Maryland Behavioral Health Coalition which advocates for access to high quality mental health services and adequate funding for our behavioral health system. As the Maryland legislative session moves forward in Annapolis, the Coalition is weighing in on legislative priorities and budget proposals for the upcoming fiscal year.

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan's proposed fiscal year 2018 budget includes a needed 2 percent rate increase f or both Medicaid and uninsured services. However, with rising demand for mental health and substance use disorder treatment and increasing medical costs, the Coalition maintains that behavioral health providers are still losing ground. The goal with this year's budget must be to secure more stable, long-term funding to support community providers. 

T he Keep the Door Open Act is the top priority in the Coalition's 2017  legislative platform . The legislation indexes the behavioral health provider rates, which have only had seven modest increases in more than 20 years, to the cost of medical inflation. Advocates believe the Keep the Door Open Act will help community health clinics and other behavioral health providers treat patients before more costly hospital or emergency care is needed.

The Coalition has planned a "Keep the Door Open"  rally for February 23 at Lawyers Mall in Annapolis. 

For more information, visit  http://keepthedooropenmd.org/.

Interesting Readsreads
Bilingual Brains May Be More Efficient, Less Prone to Dementia
PsychCentral.com by Traci Pederson, January 30th
Bilingual brains are more efficient and economical with cognitive resources than their monolingual counterparts, which may help stave off symptoms of aging and dementia, according to new research published in Neurolinguistics.

Sitting Up Straight May Treat Depression Symptoms, Boost Happiness
MedicalDaily.com by Lizette Borreli, January 31st

Research from the University of Auckland suggests that good body posture can boost our mood and alleviate symptoms of depression. 

Research Suggests How to Declutter the Mind

Do the same thoughts keep rummaging through your mind, and not in a productive way? New research shows how to mentally declutter these troubling distractions and feel better.

Plastic Surgeons Often Miss Patients' Mental Disorders
UPI.com by Maureen Salamon, January 18th

Nearly one in ten patients seeking facial plastic surgery suffers from a mental illness that distorts their perception of physical defects, but doctors often don't spot the problem, new research suggests. 

Makeup Blogger Uses Makeup to Raise Awareness of Mental Health
Mic.com by Rachel Lubitz, January 12th

Makeup blogger Yasaman Gheidi is trying to use makeup to raise awareness of mental health and decrease stigma. In a tutorial posted on Instagram, Gheidi introduced her more than 70,000 followers to the "Inside Out Challenge," which she says "is a way to artistically represent what some of us feel on a day to day basis."

Study: Facebook Can Actually Make Us More Narrow-Minded
CNN.com by AJ Willingham, January 22nd

On the surface, it seems like social media has the boundless potential to expand our world, connecting us to ideas and people we otherwise would never have found. However, a new study claims just the opposite: o
nline communities reinforce old ideas, exclude outside ones. What can we do about it?

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