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Blog Entries - 2015

The Holiday Season Can Be A Stressful Time of Year-Walden Wants to Remind You That We’re Here to Help!

Posted on: December 15, 2015 9:00 am
Tags: Walden, Holiday, Stress, Hotline, Appointment

Walden would like to remind you that we’re here to help during this wonderful perhaps stressful time of year.

The holidays-the most wonderful time of year but honestly we all know it can be a very stressful time of year! With all the added responsibilities, obligations, financial stain the holiday’s can quickly become over whelming and stressful.

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Walden Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Kathleen Brien, Appointed as a member of the Behavioral Health Advisory Committee

Posted on: December 3, 2015 1:00 pm
Tags: Walden, Behavioral health advisory committee, Ceo

Walden’s CEO, Dr. Kathleen O’Brien was recently appointed as a member of the Behavioral Health Advisory Committee by the State of Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

 

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Walden Quarterly Newsletter

Posted on: October 29, 2015 9:00 am
Tags: Walden, Quarterly, Newsletter

What’s Happened Last Quarter?

We had a wonderful fundraising event at the Olde Breton Inn on September 18th! Thank you to all of our donors, sponsors and attendees for your generous support.

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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Moth

Posted on: October 1, 2015 11:00 am
Tags: Domestic violence, Awareness, October, Purple

Evolving from a “Day of Unity” back in October of 1981, October is nationally recognized as Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM). Walden serves over 500 domestic violence cases annually. We would like to remind you that we are always here to help. Our 24 hour crisis hotline (301-863-6661) has been funded by St. Mary’s county for over 40 years and has taken roughly half a million calls.

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September is National Recovery Month

Posted on: September 1, 2015 11:00 am
Tags: Recovery, National recovery month, September, Awareness

Letter to the Editor:

September has been recognized as National Recovery month for 25 years. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration’s (SAMHSA) website, National Recovery Month is “a national observance that educates Americans on the fact that addiction treatment and mental health services can enable those with a mental and/or substance use disorder to live a healthy and rewarding life.” Walden would like to remind you that we are here to help.  We provide addiction and mental health treatment and recovery services. Our 24 hour Crisis Hotline (301 863-6661) has been funded by our county government for over 40 years, providing immediate crisis intervention as well as access to our treatment continuum.  We receive approximately 1,000 calls per month.

We offer individualized substance abuse treatment targeted to fit the individualized needs of both adolescents and adults and offer walk-in assessments at all of our locations. Mental health therapy is offered in our Lexington Park, Charlotte Hall and Waldorf locations with walk-in assessments available at each of these locations. To schedule an appointment please call 888-912-7366.

Recovery support services provide peer-based and additional support to adults and youth and are offered at the Beacon of Hope Recovery & Wellness Center in Lexington Park and The Cove/DFZ located in California. All services provided at the Cove and Beacon are free. We have many events scheduled throughout the month, check our website www.waldensierra.org for details or check us out on Facebook.

Together with our partners in County Government, the Health Department, MedStar St Marys, DSS, DJS, the courts and local law enforcement we strive to address the complicated disease of addiction. We help thousands of our citizens annually. No matter what the issue, our staff are ready to provide support and assistance. Please call us anytime day or night at 301-863-6661. We are here to listen.

Thank you for your continued support. We pledge to continue to bring Southern Maryland “Help for today. Hope for tomorrow.”

Sincerely,

 

Kathleen O’Brien, PhD

CEO Walden

301-997-1300 x 803

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Overdose Awareness

Posted on: August 19, 2015 9:00 am
Tags: Walden, Recovery, Southern maryland, International overdose awareness day

8/19/15

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                 

CONTACT:

Laura Webb

Walden

lauraw@waldensierra.org
301-997-1300 ext 804 or 301-751-7258

International Overdose Awareness Day to be Observed in Southern Maryland with Film Screening and Discussion

In response to the increasing number of Southern Maryland families impacted by opiate addiction, Walden has organized a special event for August 31st, International Overdose Awareness Day.  Walden has teamed up with Farming 4 Hunger to host a screening and discussion of the documentary film the Hungry Heart on 8/31 from 6-8:30 p.m. 

The Hungry Heart, directed by Bess O’Brien and produced by Kingdom County Productions, tells the personal stories of a number of opiate addicted young adults while also sharing the stories of others in recovery.  The film explores the power of medicine, conversation and compassion in addressing this issue impacting so many American communities.  Following the film, Walden staff will facilitate a discussion with the audience on the film and local issues.  For more information on the film, please visit thehungryheartmovie.org.

While the film is set in a small Vermont community, it powerfully tells the story of all communities struggling with opiate addiction.  Walden’s statistics bear out the presence of opiate addiction in Southern Maryland:  in 2014, the Anchor Detox Inpatient Program of Walden served 809 individuals from the Tri-County region.  About 51% of all admissions were of opiate addicted persons with the primary group impacted 18-30 year olds.  This data represents the highest number of yearly requests for opiate/heroin addiction since Anchor opened in 1999. 

International Overdose Awareness Day (IOAD) is a global event held on August 31st each year and aims to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of a drug-related death. It also acknowledges the grief felt by families and friends remembering those who have met with death or permanent injury as a result of drug overdose.  For more information on IOAD, please visit www.overdoseday.com. 

“We hope that the Hungry Heart film screening and discussion will be a forum for remembering those lost as well as help those still struggling,” explains Laura Webb, Director of Recovery Support.  Silver ribbons to honor those lost to overdose will be distributed at the event.

Admission to this local International Overdose Awareness Day event is free.  The Farming 4 Hunger site is located at 6932 Serenity Farm Road in Hughesville.  More information is located at www.facebook.com/events/403753273154313/ and at waldensierra.org.  Interested community members may also contact Laura Webb at 301-997-1300 x 804 or 301-751-7258.  You can also e-mail us at lauraw@waldensierra.org.

 

About Walden

Walden offers a comprehensive array of behavioral health treatment, and recovery services to individuals and families throughout the community. These services include crisis intervention, psychiatric and mental health therapy, trauma services related to relationship abuse or sexual assault, drug and alcohol services and community and recovery support services such as the free and open to the public Beacon of Hope and The Cove/DFZ Recovery and Wellness Centers.

For more information about how Walden can help, please visit www.waldensierra.org, contact the 24-hour crisis hotline at 301-863-6661 anonymously, or call the appointment line at 301-997-1300/888-912-7366. Walden can also be found on Facebook and Twitter.

 

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International Overdose Awareness Day

Posted on: August 19, 2015 9:00 am
Tags: Walden, Recovery, Southern maryland, International overdose awareness day

International Overdose Awareness Day to be Observed in Southern Maryland with Film Screening and Discussion

 

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Walk A Mile

Posted on: April 6, 2015 11:10 am
Tags: Walk a mile, Annual, National event
5th Annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes- St. Mary’s Walden will be partnering with St. Mary’s College for the 5th Annual Walk A Mile In Her Shoes®St. Mary’s: The Men's March to Stop Rape, Assault and Gender Violence at the St. Mary’s read more …

Come join Walden at the Camp Maria Retreat Center for Mental Health First Aid Training

Posted on: March 25, 2015 1:00 pm
Tags: Walden, Walden events

Come join Walden at the Camp Maria Retreat Center
for Mental Health First Aid Training

Walden will be partnering with Camp Maria Retreat Center to offer a Mental Health First Aid Training on Tuesday, April 7th from 9 am – 3 pm and on Wednesday, April 8th from 9 am – 3 pm.

Come join Walden at the Camp Maria Retreat Center for the Mental Health First Aid training on Tuesday, April 7th from 9 am – 3 pm and on Wednesday, April 8th from 9 am – 3 pm.

Designed for people who are not mental health clinicians, Mental Health First Aid teaches community members the risk factors and warning signs of a variety of mental health challenges, including anxiety, depression, psychosis, exposure to trauma and substance use disorder. You will learn a core five-step action plan to support a person who is developing signs and symptoms of mental illness or is in a crisis, including suicidality.  Those who successfully complete the training will receive certification as a Mental Health First Aider, good for three years.  For more information about Mental Health First Aid, please contact Laura Webb at 301-997-1300 x 804 or lauraw@waldensierra.org

Facilitators are certified trainers of Mental Health First Aid and represent Walden and On Our Own of St. Mary’s. Thanks to grant funding from the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, the training is free.  Lunch will be provided each day. 

Please register for this event by April 1st by contacting MeMe Stauffer at 301-475-8330 or reservations.campmaria@gmail.com

About Walden

Walden offers a comprehensive array of behavioral health treatment, and recovery services to individuals and families throughout the community. These services include crisis intervention, psychiatric and mental health therapy, trauma services related to relationship abuse or sexual assault, drug and alcohol services and community and recovery support services such as the free and open to the public Beacon of Hope and The Cove/DFZ Recovery and Wellness Centers.

For more information about how Walden can help, please visit www.waldensierra.org, contact the 24-hour crisis hotline at 301-863-6661 anonymously, or call the appointment line at 301-997-1300/888-912-7366. Walden can also be found on Facebook and Twitter

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