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Update regarding COVID-19 (March 27, 2020):


Protecting Your Mental Health During COVID-19: A Message from the Maryland EIP 

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

The Maryland EIP and our partners are taking measures to support public health during these difficult times. We acknowledge the stress of coping with COVID-19 among providers, consumers, friends, and family. To that end, please find specific resources below on coping with COVID-19 and adjusting during this time. As a reminder, there are also helpful early psychosis resources that are available online at www.MarylandEIP.com.

 

General Resources and Info on Protecting Your Mental Health

  • The Mental Health Association of Maryland has compiled a list of resources to protect your wellbeing at this time (this will be updated daily).
  • The Maryland Coalition for Families has resources for recovery supports during this pandemic, including for Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Narcotics Anonymous (NA), and Gamblers Anonymous (GA) groups.
  • The Suicide Prevention Resource Center also has a number of resources for coping with COVID-19.
  • The National Alliance on Mental Illness has also released a comprehensive guide to answer frequently asked questions regarding the intersection between COVID-19 and mental health, in addition to an article on coping skills to use during this time.
  • For general information on COVID-19 and information on ways to protect your mental health, please visit our partner’s resource guide at the National Center for School Mental Health.
  • SAMHSA’s Disaster Distress Helpline also provides 24/7, 365-day-a-year crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress. Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to connect with a trained crisis counselor. More information can be found here.
    • If you, or someone you care about, are feeling overwhelmed with emotions like sadness, depression, or anxiety, or feel like you want to harm yourself or others call 911.

 

For Providers

 

Early Psychosis Resources

  • Our website now has a revamped Resource area with extensive early psychosis information for providers, consumers, family, and friends.
  • Maryland’s Behavioral Health website has 24 free modules on early psychosis for individuals interested in supporting youth/young adult mental health

 

Please follow us on Facebook for weekly updates and more information.

 

Take care,

The Maryland EIP

 

 

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Maryland EIP in the News

Identifying psychosis in its earliest stages
October 28, 2013 - Baltimore Public Radio
Maryland Morning host Sheilah Cast interviews Jason Schiffman, a leading staff member, on Maryland’s early intervention program and new gun laws. Sheilah and Jason discuss mental illness with psychosis, the process and importance of early identification, the connection between mental health and violence, and the services that the program offers.
 

The Center for Excellence on Early Intervention for Serious Mental Illness aims to catch the earliest signs of psychosis
October 23, 2013 - Baltimore Sun
This editorial discusses the Maryland Early Intervention Program.
 

New Maryland mental health initiative focuses on identifying and treating psychosis
October 16, 2013 - Baltimore Sun
This article examines the connection between psychosis and violence and highlights Maryland’s plan to establish the early intervention program.  Brief interviews with Gloria Reeves, Jason Schiffman, and Robert Buchanan, who are all involved in the development of this project, are also included.
 

New Center for Excellence on Early Intervention for Serious Mental Illness aims at promoting safety
October 9, 2013 - Stateline, The PEW Charitable Trusts
This article, written by Michael Ollove for Stateline, provides a brief overview of the new Maryland initiative. Citing the connection to a wave of recent violent acts, including the events at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Mr. Ollove examines Maryland’s new efforts to provide immediate treatment for early psychosis or high risk of becoming so. This article also includes brief interviews with Jason Schiffman and Robert Buchanan, key staff members of the program.
 

New Center for Excellence on Early Intervention for Serious Mental Illness aims at promoting safety
October 9, 2013 - USA Today
Citing the connection to a wave of recent violent acts, including the events at Sandy Hook Elementary School, this re-print of Michael Ollove's Stateline article examines Maryland’s new efforts to provide immediate treatment for early psychosis or those at high risk. This article also includes brief interviews with Jason Schiffman and Robert Buchanan, key staff members of the program.

 

Early Intervention for Psychosis in the News

Halting Schizophrenia Before it Starts

October 20, 2014 - National Public Radio (NPR)

In "Your Health" on NPR's Morning Addition, Amy Standen from member station KQED in San Francisco, CA, reports on an approach to fighting schizophrenia, by aiming to catch the disease before it really starts. They highlight a number of early intervention programs in California.

 

Early Intervention for Psychosis in Wake of Tucson Shootings 

February 9, 2011 - Public Broadcasting Service (PBS)

In "Newshour" on PBS, the importance of early diagnisis and treatment services for serious mental illness is discussed. Via a "Robin Hood tax" in California, early psychosis intervention programs have been funded and established, including the PREP Program, Prevention and Recovery in Early Psychosis.

 

Psychosis in Social Media

Would You Tell The World You Have Schizophrenia On YouTube?

January 27, 2016 - National Public Radio (NPR)

In "Only Human," Rachel Star Withers says that video blogging about schizophrenia and depression has helped her manage the disorders. She decided that schizophrenia was really not that scary. Professionals in the field even think that social media and videos like Withers' have helped lower stigma around mental illnesses and have helped bring awareness to accessing appropriate and, importantly, timely treatment. 


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