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Blog Entries - tag: 'Behavioral health'

The Courage to Share So Others Get Help

Posted on: January 31, 2014 12:35 pm
Tags: News, Trauma, Behavioral health, Counseling, Walden, Domestic violence
Many thanks to Nicole Clark, The Enterprise and especially to "Carol" for telling the story of surviving domestic violence and programs and supports that can help victims. For more information about Walden's crisis and trauma support for victims of domestic read more …

Healthcare Enrollment Bliz! March 1st & 8th, 2014

Posted on: January 26, 2014 10:50 pm
Tags: News, Walden events, Behavioral health
If you or anyone you know needs health insurance, tackle the problem at our Healthcare Enrollment Blitz.  Coming to 2 locations in St. Mary's County!1st opportunity, Saturday March 1st, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Anchor of Charlotte Hall:  30007 Business Center read more …

New information cards about Walden to view, share and print!

Posted on: January 8, 2014 11:38 pm
Tags: News, Behavioral health, Counseling
Now available and just a click away! Information cards inclusive of frequently asked questions about Walden services.  Check back for more information card albums soon! Outpatient mental health, outpatient addiction and crisis and trauma:  read more …

Walden sites will open 1/3 at 10 a.m.

Posted on: January 3, 2014 9:08 am
Tags: News, Behavioral health, Counseling

While the wintry blast of chilly air and snow has made for a beautiful scene around Southern Maryland, the wind chill and potentially slick roads have created some challenges.  All Walden clinical sites normally open on Friday mornings will open at 10 a.m. today.

Thank you for your patience!

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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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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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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 …

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 …

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 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 …

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 …

“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 …

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 …

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 …