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Blog Entries - tag: 'Walden'

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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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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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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Walden CEO, Dr. Kathleen O'Brien, to Present at MACO Substance Abuse Summit

Posted on: June 12, 2014 4:00 pm
Tags: Walden, Maco summit, Kathleen obrien
Walden will be taking part in today's summit MACO Substance Abuse Summit, scheduled to take place today, June 12th from 9:30 am – 3:30 pm at Cecil College in Cecil County, Maryland. Walden's CEO, Dr. Kathleen O’Brien, will be speaking read more …

Walden Now Providing Services in Charles County, Maryland

Posted on: June 5, 2014 4:00 pm
Tags: Walden, Charles county, Mental health services
Walden has begun offering services to accommodate patients in Charles County, Maryland. The organization has been operational in St. Mary’s County for over 40 years, and has since branched out to make its comprehensive mental health and substance abuse read more …

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 …

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 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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

“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 …