Updates                                                   May 2016
Raising Awareness about Children's Mental Health

Mental health disorders among children are an important public health issue because of their prevalence, early onset, and impact on the child, family, and community. One in five children ages 13-18 have a mental health illness, such as anxiety, depression, autism, or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

For many children with mental illness, schools provide important educational supports, stability, and the opportunity to link to mental health care. Through partnerships with Baltimore City Public Schools, BHSB works to ensure that children have access to high-quality services that promote optimal social-
emotional health and academic success. School mental health services are offered in 120 of 186 schools, providing individual treatment to over 5,000 children and youth annually. 

Behavioral health service providers in early childhood centers and schools collaborate with teachers, administrators, families and clinicians to employ sound behavioral health service integration that leads to academic success and is essential to support a child's overall health and well-being. 

To recognize Children's Mental Health Awareness Week, over 100 Baltimore City schools have signed up as Children's Mental Health Matters! School Champions Learn more about how you can get involved with Children's Mental Health Week.
May has been recognized as Mental Health Awareness Month for the last 66 years.   This month provides the opportunity for our community to come together to raise awareness about mental health, combat stigma associated with the disease, and highlight the strength of those working to improve the lives of our friends, families, and neighbors affected by mental health disorders. Learn more!

Mental Health First Aid Maryland: Get Trained Now!
Every day any of us may encounter someone who is experiencing a mental health crisis  at work, school or in our everyday lives. You can help by incorporating Mental Health  First Aid into our communities. Mental Health First Aid gives you the skills you need to  identify the signs and symptoms of a mental health condition and help someone in  need. Click here to learn more about how to get trained!
Upcoming events
  • Maryland Addictions Directors Council (MADC) Virtual Education Forum is delivering a series of Virtual Education Forums over the next few months that explore new financing mechanisms, opportunities related to integration with primary care, and new service delivery models. Part one of this exciting forum will address creating open access for treatment and sustaining this access.  For more information on this event please click here.
  • Baltimore NAMI Walk! Visit our website for more information about registering to join our team of walkers/runners, raising money and other important info about the event. 9 am, Saturday, May 21st at West Shore Park in Baltimore's Inner Harbor.  
Do you or someone you know need treatment 
for mental health or substance use? 
Help is now available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. 
Talk to a live, trained professional at any time of the day or night!  
Call the Crisis, Information & Referral Line today: 410.433.5175