ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) – Governor Larry Hogan and Lieutenant Governor Boyd Rutherford declared May 2021 as Maryland Mental Health Awareness Month.
The proclamation was presented by the lieutenant governor during a meeting of the Commission to study mental and behavioral health in Maryland.
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“One of our key priorities is to provide resources and support to Marylanders facing mental health challenges,” Governor Hogan said. “It is our responsibility and duty to recognize the integrity of positive mental health for our success as individuals, as a state and as a nation. If you or someone you know is having problems, I encourage you to take the first step and seek help. “.
Lieutenant Governor Rutherford stressed the need to increase acceptance and understanding of mental and behavioral health issues.
“The Hogan-Rutherford administration is committed to increasing access to crucial mental health resources for all Maryland residents by reducing barriers to treatment, such as accessibility and accessibility,” he said. Lieutenant Governor Rutherford. “Working with our local, state and federal partners will improve safety, quality of life and health outcomes for Maryland residents and their families.”
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Maryland was recently ranked in the top ten states with the lowest prevalence of mental illness and highest rates of access to care by Mental Health America. Maryland has a number of resources available for those seeking metal health information, including 211.
In addition, Maryland has partnered with the Behavioral Health Administration to launch MD Mind Health. Maryland residents can send an “MD Mind Health” text message to 898-211 to register and receive encouragement, reminders, and resources to combat isolation and stay connected.
BHA also launched “Operation Roll Call”. This program will offer regular incoming calls and help veterans. BHA will support mobile crisis services and independent crisis services for the treatment of mental health and substance use disorders in the community.
The Maryland Department of Health has launched several different programs that address mental health during the coronavirus pandemic and beyond. The CovidCONNECT website helps COVID-19-affected Marylanders by providing a central location for individuals to find mental health resources, fortnightly webinars, and virtual support groups.
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Last week, Governor Hogan announced the launch of “Project Bounce Back,” a $ 25 million public-private partnership to support strategic mental health services, expand youth development programs, address the adverse child experience (ACE) and develop innovative, data-driven digital solutions. to build resistance.