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Blog Entries - 2012

HELP Portrait Coming to Beacon of Hope on 12/8!

Posted on: December 5, 2012 9:49 pm
Tags: Walden events, Friends & alumni activities, Help portrait. recovery
Beacon of Hope will be open early on Saturday 12/8 to host local volunteers offering a Help Portrait Day on Saturday 12/8.  An all volunteer effort with an international reach, HELP Portrait Day gives photographers the chance to do something good and local read more …

Don't Neglect Your Behavioral Health: Walden on Comcast Newsmakers

Posted on: November 24, 2012 8:02 am
Tags: News, Mental health, Behavioral health, Problem drinking, Substance use

View our video with Comcast Newsmakers regarding services in Charles County and Charlotte Hall for substance abuse and mental health issues as well as our message regarding the importance of not neglecting behavioral and mental wellness.

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Our mental health and recovery pic of the week: from Cafe Namaste

Posted on: November 15, 2012 8:46 pm
Tags: News

 Walden Behavioral Health on Facebook likes Cafe Namaste on Facebook-- inspirational common sense, with a dash of joy!

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Piggy Bank Yard Sale at Beacon of Hope 12/1

Posted on: November 14, 2012 10:24 pm
Tags: Walden events, Friends & alumni activities
On Saturday December 1st,  Beacon of Hope Recovery Community Center will host its first-ever Piggy Bank Yard Sale.  Every item will be on sale for just a penny from 12-7 p.m. at this one day only event.  The Piggy Bank Yard Sale is open to the public. We read more …

Video Pick of the Week: Dr. Vikram Patel on Mental Health for All

Posted on: November 5, 2012 7:02 pm
Tags: Mental health, Behavioral health, Promising practices and research, Walden
Walden's video pick of the week features psychiatrist Dr. Vikram Patel presenting a short Ted Talk on the need for mental health services world-wide, shortages of professionals world-wide, and alternatives that provide complimentary care utilizing lay health read more …

Walden clinical and business offices closed 10/30/12; crisis hotline operational

Posted on: October 29, 2012 1:24 pm
Tags: News
Due to the safety concerns related to Hurricane Sandy's impact on our area, Walden facilities will be closed again on Tuesday, 10/30/12.  The 24 hour crisis hotline will be operating at 301-863-6661.Walden facilities impacted include Anchor (Charlotte Hall), read more …

Walden facilities will not be open Monday 10/29; hotline will be operating

Posted on: October 28, 2012 4:29 pm
Tags: News

Walden facilities in St. Mary's and Charles Counties will not be open for normal business or individual or group counseling on Monday 10/29/12 due to weather-related precautions.  Our 24 hour crisis hotline at 301-863-6661 WILL be staffed and operational.  Be safe, Southern Maryland!

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Bay Net article on Recovery Discovery Walk- please join us Saturday 10/27/12!

Posted on: October 25, 2012 10:56 am
Tags: Walden events

Please check out the Bay Net's Profile of the Recovery Discovery Walk in Leonardtown on 10/27, 8:30 a.m.!

http://www.thebaynet.com/news/index.cfm/fa/viewstory/story_ID/29840

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Facebook Depression? Mental Health On-Line

Posted on: October 12, 2012 12:32 am
Tags: Mental health, Behavioral health, Promising practices and research, Walden, Addiction
As Newsweek writer Tony Dokoupil indicates in his article iCrazy, published 7/16/12, speculation about the potentially harmful impacts of internet use are “at least as old as hyperlinks.”  Questions about the “link” between Facebook and depression read more …

Walden's Crisis & Treatment Services Honor Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Posted on: October 9, 2012 10:07 pm
Tags: News, Walden events, Treatment, Walden, Crisis, Domestic violence, Clotheseline project
October is Domestic Violence Awarness Month, and Walden is marking the month with several special activities.  For the entire month of October , Walden is displaying “Air It Out: the Clothesline Project” at the Lexington Park Library Art Gallery.  read more …

Walden thanks donors and partners of Southern Maryland Recovery Block Party

Posted on: October 9, 2012 9:28 pm
Tags: News, Walden events, Recovery, Drug and alcohol treatment, Walden
We sincerely thank the following donors and sponsors for their support of treatment and recovery programming at the Southern Maryland Recovery Block Party, held on September 16th, at Beacon of Hope Recovery Community Center:Leading by Example: CMI read more …

Congratulations to Walden's first Mental Health First Aid graduates!

Posted on: October 7, 2012 8:55 pm
Tags: News, Mental health, Walden, Mental health first aid
Walden congratulates the volunteers of the WARM program who completed Mental Health First Aid this week!  In this 12 hour certification course, graduates learned more about recognizing and offering a "first aid" response to individuals suffering from read more …

Walden Welcomes Psychiatrist Arlene Paden, M.D. as Medical Director

Posted on: October 7, 2012 8:38 pm
Tags: News, Mental health, Walden, Psychiatry
 Dr. Arlene Paden, M.D. joined Walden’s staff as Medical Director in September 2012. She will be providing psychiatric services to patients as well as acting as Medical Director for Walden’s emerging Community Mental Health Clinic services in Charlotte read more …

Walden Recovery Block Party article and video published

Posted on: October 7, 2012 8:09 pm
Tags: News, Walden events, Friends & alumni activities, Recovery, Samhsa, Walden
The Lexington Park Leader covered the Southern Maryland Recovery Block Party at our Beacon of Hope Recovery Community Center on Sept 16th.  To go to the article and video, go to read more …

National Recovery Month Celebrated at Walden!

Posted on: September 10, 2012 12:44 pm
Tags: Walden events

To read about the Southern Maryland Recovery Block Party, Anchor Alumni Picnic, and the Recovery Discovery Walk, as well as Walden's commitment to celebrating behavioral health recovery, please check out this Lex Leader article:

http://lexleader.net/celebrate-national-recovery-month-walden/

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AIDS International Conference & the Link between Drug Abuse and HIV

Contributed by LS Webb, Community Engagement Manager for Walden SierraFor the first time in 22 years, the AIDS International Conference is being held in the United States.  The conference is in Washington, DC from July 22-27th.    The conference gathers read more …

About Nonsuicidal Self-Injury

Posted on: July 15, 2012 1:14 am
Tags: Counseling, Mental health, Behavioral health, Depression, Self-injury, Cutting, Walden
Contributed by LS Webb, Community Engagement Manager for Walden SierraPerhaps the first public figure to talk about self-injury was Princess Diana of England.  For Diana, self-injury and bulimia were connected to depression and the overwhelming pressure of read more …

Music: a Mental Health Tool

Contributed by LS Webb, Community Engagement Manager for Walden SierraThose of us who play a favorite song to feel better-- or a sad song to reflect on a personal loss-- know that music and mood can go hand-in-hand.  Dr. Galina Mindlin, MD, PhD has read more …

America’s Largest Preventable Public Health Problems: Addiction and Risky Substance Use

Contributed by L.S. Webb, Community Engagement Manager with Walden SierraThe newly published report from the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University (CASA Columbia, at www.casacolumbia.org) has declared what folks who have lost read more …

Loneliness, Getting Older and Potential Risks to Health

The Archives of Internal Medicine published two studies in mid June that point to loneliness as a potential risk to health.  One of the studies looked at people aged 45 and up who had a high risk of heart disease or who had already been diagnosed with heart read more …

Lex Leader features Walden's Welcome to Your Health Home project

Thanks to a grant from Maryland's Community Health Resources Commission, Walden is able to work with primary care partners Medstar St. Mary's Hospital and Greater Baden Medical Systems to co-locate behavioral health interventionist staff within the Get read more …

Recovery Discovery Walk 2012 Set for October 27th!

Posted on: June 27, 2012 5:08 pm
Tags: News, Walden events, Friends & alumni activities
Put on some walking shoes and come on down to Leonard Hall Recreation Center on Saturday, October 27th, 2012 to join us for our 2nd Recovery Discovery Walk event!Registration opens at 8:30 a.m. with light refreshments, and our easy 1.25 mile Discovery Walk read more …

Recovery Block Party is September 16th, 1-4 p.m.!

Posted on: June 27, 2012 4:50 pm
Tags: News, Walden events, Friends & alumni activities
Recovery happens.  Recovery is contagious.  Recovery gets even better with time. Recovery is worth it!In Millison Plaza in Lexington Park, in front of the Beacon of Hope Recovery Community Center, Walden will host our first ever Recovery Block Party on read more …

July Calendar for Beacon of Hope Recovery Community Center posted!

Take a look at the "hot" recovery action in Lexington Park at Beacon of Hope this July here!  New this month:  Recovery Block Party and Recovery Walk Prep meetings on July 9th, 23th and 30th, 5:30 to 7 p.m.!

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Honoring National PTSD Awareness Day June 27, 2012

Today is National PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) Awareness Day.  For many Americans, living with PTSD is a daily reality-- for them and for their loved ones.   About 3.5% of American adults experience PTSD in any given year.Those impacted by PTSD, read more …

Walden and Van Go on the Road in Charles County Together

Posted on: June 27, 2012 10:05 am
Tags: News, Psychiatric, Mental health, Charles county, Waldorf, Treatment, Van go, Sayin it loud
Many thanks to Sayin It Loud for the help with putting Walden on the road with Van Go! We hope that this roving ad will help let folks in Charles County know about our outpatient substance abuse and mental health services in our Waldorf Office and our read more …

“No Time to Lose” to Understand Connections Between Behavioral Health and Global Health

By L.S. Webb, Community Engagement Manager for Walden SierraAccording to Peter Piot, world re-known epidemiologist of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, the priorities of global public health are evolving to include greater attention to read more …

New Research on Hereditary Aspects of Alcoholism Sheds More Light on Risk Factors

By L.S. Webb, Community Engagement Manager for Walden SierraA new study authored by John P. Rice of Washington University, to be published in September 2012’s issue of Alcoholism:  Clinical and Experimental Research, is the first to document a link between read more …

Powerful People Disclose Mental Health Issues to Break “Taboo”

Contributed by L.S. Webb, Community Engagement Manager for Walden SierraEarlier this month, two elected members of British Parliament, Kevan Jones and Charles Walker, spoke publicly about their personal experiences living with mental illness.  Mental health read more …

Beacon of Hope Calendar for June 2012

Posted on: June 15, 2012 12:53 pm
Tags: News, Friends & alumni activities

Please click to open our June calendar of events at the Beacon of Hope Recovery Community Center!

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New Study Finds Therapy for Depression over the Phone Helpful

Contributed by L.S. Webb, Community Engagement Manager for Walden SierraWe have known for some time that therapy is a very effective tool for people struggling with depression.  We also know that people with a mental illness often delay getting help—the read more …

Positive Benefits of Professional Counseling — Too Many for One Post!

Contibuted by L.S. Webb, Community Engagement Manager for Walden SierraMany of us may have experienced the relief of getting something “off our chest” with a trusted confidante. We may also have experienced the disappointment—an even hurt-- when we try read more …

Behavioral Health Blog

Posted on: June 11, 2012 8:52 pm
Tags: Top menu

Recovery Block Parties - Taking Recovery to the Streets!

Contributed by L.S. Webb, Community Engagement Manager for Walden SierraFor people seeking recovery, finding a positive place within the recovery community can be life-saving. Removing the stigma of illness and helping people in recovery have positive read more …

Posted on: June 1, 2012 12:06 pm
Tags: Main menu

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May 2012 at Beacon of Hope Recovery Community Center activity calendar is available!

Posted on: May 2, 2012 12:36 pm
Tags: News, Friends & alumni activities, Recovery, Volunteer
Please click here to open the May 2012 Beacon of Hope calendar.  The Beacon Advisory Committee is meeting on Saturday May 19th from 1 to 2 p.m. at Beacon.  Please consider volunteering on this committee if you are a recovering individual or a loved one read more …

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Posted on: April 12, 2012 3:02 am
Tags: Testtax cat

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Leaders Needed for Leader's Lap on April 1st

Posted on: March 14, 2012 10:16 pm
Tags: News
 On Sunday, April 1st from 2 to 4 p.m., Walden and St. Mary's College are co-organizing the 2nd Annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes-St. Mary's event at the St. Mary's College Track.  Walk a Mile in Her Shoes-St. Mary's is a free, public event organized to bring read more …

March 2012 schedule for Beacon of Hope Recovery Community Center

Posted on: March 4, 2012 11:51 am
Tags: News, Friends & alumni activities
Please join us at Beacon of Hope this month.  Click to open our complete March calendar.Featured groups for March:  Family Support Group:  Saturdays at 2 p.m. Healthy Stretch, Healthy Breath:  Saturdays at 4:30 p.m. Arts and Crafts:  Sundays 1-3 read more …

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes-St. Mary's is Sunday April 1st, 2012

Posted on: March 3, 2012 11:53 am
Tags: News, Walden events, Friends & alumni activities
On Sunday April 1st at 2 p.m., Walden and St. Mary's College Maryland are teaming up to host the 2nd annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes-St. Mary's.  The event is rain or shine, and is located at the Track at St. Mary's College (rain location in the adjacent read more …

Walden updates mission statement to match organizational growth meeting community needs

Posted on: March 3, 2012 10:57 am
Tags: News
On March 2nd, Walden staff updated the organization's mission statement to more accurately reflect the growing scope of Walden's services and our commitment to meeting community needs in Southern Maryland.  Our new mission statement: to contribute to the read more …

Outback Luncheon Fundraiser for Walden on March 8th

Posted on: February 9, 2012 12:12 pm
Tags: News, Walden events
Please join us at the Outback Steakhouse in California, Maryland on March 8th, 2012 for your choice of steak, chicken, pasta or salmon...and a heaping side of help and hope!  Entrees are served with main dish, rice, salad, drink and dessert.  Tickets are read more …

Beacon of Hope Recovery Community Center Open in Lexington Park!

Posted on: February 9, 2012 12:02 pm
Tags: News, Friends & alumni activities
We are excited to announce the opening of the Beacon of Hope at 21800 N. Shangri La Drive, Unit 13/14 in Millison Plaza (next to Underground Tattoo and the Well Pet Clinic.)  Beacon is a peer and volunteer operated recovery community center, with free read more …