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Blog Entries - 2013

A Holiday Message from Dr. Kathleen O'Brien

Posted on: December 3, 2013 2:38 pm
Tags: News, Walden events, Friends & alumni activities, Behavioral health
December 1, 2013Dear Friends:What a year 2013 has been at Walden!  Close to 3,000 lives were touched by our services as we marked our 40th anniversary providing “help for today; hope for tomorrow.”   We have been delighted and honored by the read more …

The Mary Kay Foundation Awards Walden Grant for Domestic Violence Services

Posted on: December 2, 2013 11:40 am
Tags: News, Behavioral health, Counseling
Walden sincerely thanks The Mary Kay Foundation for making Walden the recipient of a 2013 Shelter Grant to support our work providing hotline, crisis counseling, safety planning and sheltering services to victims of domestic violence.  Without foundation and read more …

Gratitude Post 8: Grateful Teens

Some folks may chuckle a bit to see a blog post entitled "Grateful Teens."  After all, the moodiness and questioning characteristics of adolescence often challenge adults so much that they sometimes overshadow the way we think about teens.  The fact is, read more …

Gratitude Post 7: grateful for the chance to see ourselves through others

Posted on: November 22, 2013 9:27 am
Tags: Behavioral health, Recovery
Many of us are our own worst critics.  From our appearance to our personal strengths, talents or skills, we tend to underestimate ourselves.  We may even beat up on ourselves, and this may prevent us from happier, healthier lives.  This may be read more …

Day 6 Gratitude Challenge Post: grateful for life-long growth

Posted on: November 16, 2013 8:28 am
Tags: Behavioral health, Recovery, Counseling
We are grateful for the human capacity to grow at any age, in big and small ways.  Bob Dylan, songwriter and painter known to so many of us as a folk artist, is now expressing himself creatively with iron art.  At 72, he uses found iron objects and welds read more …

From Day 5 of Gratitude Challenge: Thank you veterans, families and those who serve by helping them!

We are grateful for all who serve, all who love a veteran, and all who support veterans. From a June 2012 blog post of ours about veterans and PTSD: For many Americans, living with PTSD is a daily reality-- for them and for their loved read more …

Gratitude Challenge Day 4 Post: Grateful for Courage

Posted on: November 6, 2013 7:50 am
Tags: News, Trauma, Behavioral health, Counseling, Abuse, Domestic violence, Courage
Today, we are grateful for the opportunity created by the Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention, Mary Kay Foundation, TJX Foundation and other donors who make possible our free crisis counseling, emergency assistance and support groups for victims read more …

Gratitude Challenge Day 3 Post: Grateful for the Capacity for Change

Posted on: November 4, 2013 7:36 am
Tags: News, Behavioral health, Recovery, Counseling
Today, we are grateful for the capacity for change.  The potential for change is a key component of hope.   By the same token, having hope motivates us change our behaviors, living situations or other concerns that may be unhealthy for us.   The read more …

Gratitude Challenge Day 2 Post: Rosalyn Carter's Work in Mental Health

Posted on: November 3, 2013 8:00 am
Tags: News, Therapy, Psychiatric, Mental health, Behavioral health, Counseling, Anti stigma, Walden
Today, we are grateful to Rosalyn Carter, for a lifetime of civil and determined work against stigmatizing and marginalizing persons with mental illnesses.  Her 2010 book Within Our Reach:  Ending the Mental Health Crisis with co-authors Susan read more …

Gratitude Challenge Day 1 Post: Kristen Johnston and SLAM

Posted on: November 2, 2013 11:12 am
Tags: News, Friends & alumni activities, Recovery
Today, we are grateful for Kristen Johnston, famous actress, comedian, and person in recovery, for creating the organization SLAM-- a non profit dedicated to starting a sober high school in NYC.  Go, Kristen, and thanks for sharing your story and trying read more …

Printing Press makes Navigating the Waves of Change a lot smoother for Walden 40th

Posted on: October 6, 2013 2:58 pm
Tags: News, Walden events
Many thanks to Printing Press, Inc. for the in-kind sponsorship of Navigating the Waves of Change- Walden 40th!  The invitations and event programs were beautiful, and the customer service was wonderful.  With over 30 years in the printing read more …

Fit for Recovery- a free exercise class adds to wellness options at Beacon of Hope

We are very grateful to have volunteer and trained fitness instructor Paige Fletcher with us at Beacon of Hope Recovery and Wellness Centers most Saturdays from 1:30 to 2:30.  Paige's free exercise class works out the muscles while being a chance to talk read more …

Your Journey Studios and Hilltop Signs help guests show off Chesapeake Chic!

Posted on: October 5, 2013 1:27 pm
Tags: News
Walden sincerely thanks Carol and Tom Davis of Your Journey Studios for donating time to capture everyone's Chesapeake Chic at Walden's Navigating the Waves of Change 40th Anniversary event.  We also think Hilltop Signs and Graphics for the banner read more …

Enrollment Cargo Van Tour of Maryland Health Connection at St. Mary’s Hospital

Posted on: October 4, 2013 9:49 pm
Tags: News, Behavioral health
The Maryland Health Connection Enrollment Cargo Van Tour came to St. MAry's Hospital on 10.3.13 to help kick off the enrollment period for the Health  Exchange.   As part of the Connect Southern Maryland effort read more …

RED, Inc.: long-time Walden supporter

Posted on: September 24, 2013 5:59 pm
Tags: News, Walden events
Walden thanks RED-INC and Karen Garner, President, for supporting Navigating the Waves of Change, our 40th anniversary event.  Like our Executive Director and CEO Kathleen O'Brien, Karen Garner brings expertise that continues to build RED-INC's reputation read more …

Walden thanks J.F. Taylor, Inc. for its support!

Posted on: September 24, 2013 12:28 pm
Tags: News, Walden events
Walden thanks J F Taylor for supporting our Cove/D.F.Z. Respite Station at our upcoming Navigating the Waves of Change event this Friday.  Founded in 1983, J.F. Taylor-- much like Walden-- has responded to the needs of its constituents and added new services read more …

Ballet Caliente jetes to sponsor Navigating the Waves of Change

Posted on: September 18, 2013 7:30 am
Tags: News, Walden events
Many thanks to Ballet Caliente for sponsoring Walden's 40th anniversary event, Navigating the Waves of Change.  Ballet Calliente teaches dance as an art form  in a safe nurturing environment.Walden welcomes Ballet Calliente to St. Andrew's Church Road, the read more …

Imagine One Navigating the Waves of Change with Walden

Posted on: September 17, 2013 9:25 pm
Tags: News, Walden events
Walden and Kathleen O'Brien, CEO, thank Imagine One and Nancie Lumpkins, CEO and President, for sponsoring our Navigating the Waves of Change event at the Minding the Compass level.  Both Walden and Imagine One have visionary women at their helm.  Kathy read more …

"Chesapeake Chic" Revealed? Join us on 9/27!

Posted on: September 17, 2013 8:12 pm
Tags: News, Walden events
Many are asking this question, "What exactly is Chesapeake Chic?"  In this photo album, Resource Engagement Coordinator Laura Webb and her sister Anne ask Kathleen O'Day O'Brien what she thinks of their sallies:  read more …

Walden thanks Millison Management for helping us Mind the Compass

Posted on: September 16, 2013 10:56 pm
Tags: News, Walden events
With an outpatient/community mental health clinic, crisis satellite site, and a recovery and wellness community center in Lexington Park, we consider ourselves at Walden heavily invested in the well-being of Lexington Park/Great Mills residents.  We thank read more …

PAE: old friend and a new name to thank for helping Walden in Navigating the Waves of Change

Posted on: September 15, 2013 10:18 pm
Tags: News, Walden events
Thank you, PAE (Pacific Architects and Engineers) Applied Technologies, LLC for sponsoring Walden's 40th anniversary event at the Minding the Compass Level.  Joe Anderson of PAE (formerly CSC) has been a champion of Walden since, well, just about 40 years read more …

Brooks and Barbour Team, Century 21 are Navigating the Waves of Change

Posted on: September 14, 2013 7:37 am
Tags: News, Walden events
Many thanks to Brooks and Barbour Team, Century 21, for donating at the Minding the Compass level to our 40th anniversary event.  Like Walden, Karen Alfred Brooks and Lucy Barbour are high achievers in their work and in the community.  Karen and Lucy have read more …

Walden thanks Murray, Wamsley & Schrader, LLC

Posted on: September 13, 2013 6:42 pm
Tags: News
Murray, Wamsley & Schrader, LLC have been long-time friends of Walden.  We appreciate the firm's expertise in helping keeping our not for profit organization's reputation for transparent, responsible fiscal management as well as their generosity in read more …

Walden thanks Tri County Abstract, Inc. for helping us Navigate the Waves of Change

Posted on: September 13, 2013 9:22 am
Tags: News

Did you know...Michael Whitson of Tri County Abstract was actually a charter member of Walden staff back in 1973?  Thank you, Michael, for helping form the foundation of Walden's continuum of care!  And thank you to Tri County Abstract, Inc. for being a Minding the Compass sponsor of our 9/27 40th anniversary event.

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Whitten Laser Eye "Minding the Compass" with Walden

Posted on: September 12, 2013 10:29 pm
Tags: News, Walden events
No pun intended, but we can't resist thanking Whitten Laser Eye for having the vision to support Walden's comprehensive continuum of behavioral health.Dr. Mark Whitten is 1 of only 3 surgeons in the United States to have performed over 120,000 laser vision read more …

Walden thanks Bob Taylor Engineering: a consistent partner in Minding the Compass toward help for today; hope for tomorrow

Posted on: September 12, 2013 5:58 pm
Tags: News, Walden events
Thirty years ago, Robert F. Taylor launched Bob Taylor Engineering.  Not only is the firm a premier materials testing and geotechnical services business; it is also a strong supporter of the community.  A local business itself, Bob Taylor Engineering has read more …

Walden thanks CMI Affiliated Companies for Minding the Compass toward Behavioral Health

Posted on: September 12, 2013 2:52 pm
Tags: News, Walden events
Walden thanks CMI Affiliated Companies and John K. Partlett, Jr. for generous support of our September 27th event, Navigating the Waves of Change at the Minding the Compass level.  CMI is located in Charlotte Hall, Maryland, centrally located to serve St. read more …

Winning slogan named, Community Block Party t-shirts on the way!

Posted on: September 11, 2013 10:20 pm
Tags: News, Walden events, Friends & alumni activities, Recovery
The winning slogan for the Recovery and Wellness Community Block Party happening 9/29, 2 to 5 p.m., in Lexington Park/Millison Plaza has been selected by popular vote.  "Do the right thing, even when nobody's looking" won!  Congratulations, J.N.!  Join us read more …

Thank you, Medstar St. Mary's Hospital for supporting us!

Posted on: September 11, 2013 9:17 pm
Tags: Walden events
Walden Behavioral Health thanks our partner in the HEZ (Healthcare Enterprise Zone of Lexington Park/Great Mills), Medstar St. Mary's Hospital, for a "Before the Wind" level sponsorship of our 40th anniversary event, Navigating the Waves of Change.  This read more …

Walden thanks Old Line Bank, "Before the Wind" in Navigating the Waves of Change

Posted on: September 11, 2013 5:10 pm
Tags: Walden events
Old Line Bank has once again shown its commitment to supporting crisis and behavioral health services in Southern Maryland with a "Before the Wind" level sponsorship of Walden's 40th Anniversary event, Navigating the Waves of Change.   Navigating the Waves read more …

Making Suicide Prevention an Every Day Matter

Posted on: September 11, 2013 7:33 am
Tags: Behavioral health, Recovery, Counseling
Yesterday, September 10th 2013, was National Suicide Prevention Day.  I was touched and grateful to receive the following text message from a colleague and friend:  In light of National Suicide Prevention Day, I just wanted to let you know that I love you read more …

Recovery & Wellness Community Block Party 9/29

Posted on: September 5, 2013 3:17 am
Tags: Walden events, Friends & alumni activities, Recovery
It's a Party in the Park on Sunday, September 29th from 2-5 p.m., celebrating recovery and wellness.  All ages are invited to come out and enjoy a rain or shine afternoon of free fun and food.   Games, activities, music, henna tattoo artist, face painting, read more …

Invitations are out for the 9/27 Walden 40th anniversary event

Posted on: August 3, 2013 7:58 pm
Tags: News

You are cordially invited!

Click on the link to open our invitation and RSVP! http://paperless.ly/1bPGyhU

You can also go to our event page: http://www.waldensierra.org/ways-to-help/waldens-40th-anniversary-navigating-the-waves-of-change

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Walden's 40th Anniversary

Posted on: July 31, 2013 9:58 am
Tags: Top menu
Navigating the Waves of Change, 1973-2013 Event at Olde Breton Inn, September 27th, 6:30 to 10 p.m. Tickets:  $100 Dress:  Chesapeake Chic Food, fun, entertainment and information, featuring Pirates Royale! Thank you to our sponsors: Before the read more …

Expanding mental health and psychiatry services in Lexington Park

Posted on: May 19, 2013 8:52 am
Tags: News, Behavioral health, Counseling
Walden’s community mental health clinic service at Hope Place provides outpatient psychiatric and mental health therapy appointments.  Appointments are available Monday-Friday, with daytime and evening options available.  Our clinics accept Medicaid, read more …

Now Accepting Mental Health Patients in Prince Frederick

Posted on: May 19, 2013 8:42 am
Tags: News, Behavioral health
Walden is pleased to announce a new partnership with Southern Maryland Community Network that has made it possible to offer mental health therapy in Prince Frederick.  We welcome Patrice Duperval, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, to the Walden staff.  Ms. read more …

Please join us at The Cove/DFZ on 4/16 for an Open House!

Posted on: April 11, 2013 9:07 pm
Tags: News, Walden events, Recovery
Celebrate our 40th anniversary as well as check out our newest program, The Cove/D.F.Z. Youth Wellness and Recovery Center, at our Open House!When:  Tuesday, 4/16, 12-2 p.m. Where:  44871 St. Andrews Church Road California, MD What's Available:  food, read more …

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® St. Mary's: coming April 7, 2013

Posted on: March 5, 2013 11:40 am
Tags: News, Walden events, Friends & alumni activities
What is Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® - St. Mary's?a) men, including community leaders and youth/young adults, walking around the St. Mary's College Track in women's shoes b) women and families cheering them on c) people walking in honor of survivors and in read more …

Outback Steakhouse (California, Md) hosts fundraiser for Walden on 2/28

Posted on: February 16, 2013 11:01 pm
Tags: News, Walden events
Walden supporters and those who just love steak, salmon, chicken or veggie pasta are invited to join us at Outback Steakhouse on Thursday 2/28 at 11:30 a.m.  A choice of entree, salad, drink and sweet treat, along with a some fun Walden 40th anniversary read more …

Walden turns 40 and celebrates all year!

Posted on: February 2, 2013 1:27 am
Tags: News, Walden events
At Walden, we wear our years with pride and gratitude.  Having evolved with the Southern Maryland community, we are now experiencing the most rapid growth in our organization since our inception in 1973.  Join us throughout the year as we look back to our read more …

The Cove/DFZ Youth Center opens early February 2013!

Posted on: January 23, 2013 6:42 am
Tags: News, Recovery
Walden is pleased to announce the opening of The Cove/DFZ, a youth recovery center, on January 31st! The Cove/DFA welcomes teens with a safe, fun, and sober environment.  The center is for youth ages 12-17 who are having problems with drugs or alcohol. read more …