What Workaholism Reveals About Your Mental Health

If you or someone you know is struggling or in crisis, help is available. For someone to Call:  Call or text 988 or chat at 988lifeline.org. For someone to come to you: Request the Mobile Response Team (MRT) through 988 or call them directly at 301 429-2185.

We live in a culture that often celebrates the hustle, praising those who stay late at the office, check emails on weekends, and take pride in their dedication to work. But when does hard work cross the line into workaholism (aka working too much)?

Workaholism isn’t just about working hard; it’s an obsessive compulsion to work, often at the expense of personal relationships, health, and well-being. While healthy work habits include maintaining a balance between work and personal life, workaholics tend to blur or completely erase those boundaries.

Signs of Workaholic Behavior

  • Prioritize work over everything else: Even during vacations or personal events, they can’t disconnect from work-related tasks.
  • Have difficulty delegating: Believing they must handle everything themselves.
  • Experience guilt when not working: Feeling guilty or anxious when not immersed in work.
  • Work excessively long hours: The typical 8-hour workday often extends to 10, 12, or more, with weekends and late nights also on the table.
  • Sacrifice personal well-being: Often neglecting sleep, exercise, and other forms of self-care in favor of work.

The Relationship Between Workaholism and Mental Health

The impact of workaholism on mental health is profound. This obsessive compulsion to work often masks deeper psychological issues, such as anxiety, depression, or even unresolved trauma. The constant drive to achieve can lead to severe burnout, where physical, emotional, and mental exhaustion reach critical levels.

Mental Health Issues Linked to Workaholism

Studies show that workaholics are at a higher risk of developing:

  • Anxiety and Depression: The constant stress and pressure to perform can lead to chronic anxiety and depressive episodes.
  • Burnout: Prolonged work without adequate rest can lead to a state of burnout, characterized by exhaustion, cynicism, and reduced efficacy.
  • Sleep Disorders: The inability to disconnect from work can cause insomnia and other sleep-related issues.

Workaholism can serve as a coping mechanism for underlying distress. Instead of dealing with emotional issues, individuals immerse themselves in work to avoid confronting their problems.

Navigating Workaholism in a Hybrid and Virtual Environment

The shift to hybrid and remote work has brought new challenges in maintaining a work-life balance. Without the physical separation between the office and home, many find it difficult to disconnect.

6 Strategies for Setting Boundaries

  • Create a designated workspace: Establish a dedicated area for work to help maintain a boundary between work and personal life.
  • Set clear work hours: Define specific times for work and stick to them, resisting the urge to check emails or continue working outside those hours.
  • Use technology to your advantage: Use tools that help manage time effectively and set reminders to take breaks.
  • Communicate with colleagues and supervisors: Let them know your work hours and when you are unavailable.
  • Prioritize self-care and leisure activities: Engage in hobbies, exercise, and spend time with loved ones.
  • Turn off work notifications during personal time: Avoid the temptation to respond to work-related messages outside of work hours.

When to Look for Professional Help

If you suspect you are struggling with workaholism or related behavioral health issues, seeking professional help is essential. A behavioral health professional can provide guidance and support to navigate the underlying causes of workaholism.

TLC-MD is a key advocate for behavioral health organizations in Maryland. There are several resources available if you need help managing stress or have other behavioral health concerns:

Crisis Helplines & Locations:

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: Call or text 988 and ask for the Mobile Response Team (MRT) or chat at 988lifeline.org. This national hotline connects individuals with crisis counselors who are experiencing suicidal thoughts and behavioral health emergencies.
  • Maryland Crisis Hotline: Dial 211 and press 1 for information, referral, and crisis intervention. This statewide helpline provides access to trained crisis counselors 24/7. They can assist with crisis intervention, provide information on local resources, and offer emotional support. 
  • Dyer Care Center: This is a 23-hour outpatient facility in Prince George’s County that provides emergency crisis stabilization for mental health, behavioral health, and substance use. The center will be opening soon. To learn more, visit tlc-md.org or contact us at (888) 900–1257.

Reach Out to Local Organizations

Maryland has several organizations that focus on behavioral health and/or substance use support. Here are a few:

  • NAMI Maryland (National Alliance on Mental Illness): NAMI Maryland offers resources, support groups, and education programs for individuals and families. They have local chapters throughout the state.
  • Maryland Behavioral Health Administration (BHA): BHA oversees behavioral health services in Maryland and can connect you with resources, treatment options, and crisis support services.
  • SAMHSA’s Treatment Locator: The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) provides a treatment locator tool that can help you find nearby behavioral health and/or substance use treatment facilities.

If you are a resident in Southern Maryland in need of behavioral health and/or substance use services, contact the following local government organizations:

If you have any questions or need additional help to find resources in your area, contact info@tlc-md.org.

Workaholism is a complex issue with far-reaching implications for mental and physical health. While hard work is commendable, it’s essential to strike a balance between work and personal life. By setting boundaries, prioritizing self-care, and seeking professional help when needed, you can maintain a healthier relationship with work and protect your mental health. Remember, your well-being is the foundation for long-term success and happiness.

Building Self-Awareness Between Good and Bad Stress

If you or someone you know is in crisis, help is available.  Call or text 988 for someone to talk to, request mobile response for someone to come to you, or chat at 988lifeline.org.

Are you aware of the signs of stress in your body? Your breaths get shorter, your back muscles get tense, and your appetite changes. 

Stress is inevitable. However, it’s important to recognize the signs and have the self-awareness to differentiate between the good stress and the bad. That way, you can keep yourself in check and avoid getting overwhelmed.

Recognizing Good and Bad Stress

Good Stress (Eustress): 

Good stress, also known as eustress, can push you to do better or take on tough situations. It’s the type of stress that motivates and energizes you. It’s the feeling you get before a big presentation, a job interview, or a performance. Eustress can help you focus, perform better, and be more productive. 

Bad Stress (Distress): 

Bad stress, or distress, is the chronic or excessive stress that overwhelms you and interferes with your daily functioning. It can pop up when you have ongoing issues like work pressures, relationship problems, financial worries, or major life changes.

It can lead to anxiety, depression, burnout, and many physical health problems if you don’t deal with it. In some cases, it can lead to substance use and suicidal thoughts.

Signs and Symptoms of Bad Stress

Recognizing the signs and symptoms of bad stress is the first step towards managing it effectively. Here are some of the most common signs:

  • Physical Symptoms: Headaches, muscle tension, fatigue, digestive issues, changes in appetite or sleep patterns.
  • Emotional Symptoms: Anxiety, irritability, mood swings, feelings of overwhelm, sadness, or depression.
  • Behavioral Symptoms: Withdrawal from social activities, increased use of alcohol or drugs, difficulty concentrating, changes in performance at work or school.

Understanding How Technology Affects Stress

While technology makes your life easier and keeps you connected, it can also stress you out. That’s why it’s important to use it mindfully and set limits on how much you use it. Here are some simple tips:

  • Limit Screen Time: Decide on specific times when you’ll use technology and try to spend more time doing things that help you relax or talking face-to-face with people.
  • Turn off Notifications: Stop unnecessary notifications on your phone or computer so you can focus better without interruptions.
  • Create Tech-Free Areas: Choose places in your home or times of day when you won’t use technology at all. It’s a chance to take a break and recharge.
  • Take Breaks from Social Media and News: Give yourself a break from social media and the news. Too much information can make you feel more stressed. It might be hard at first, but it’s worth it.
  • Don’t Compare Yourself Online: Remember, what you see on social media isn’t always real life. Focus on your progress instead of comparing yourself to others.

Getting Help in Maryland

TLC-MD is a key advocate for mental health organizations in Maryland. There are several resources available if you need help managing stress or have other mental health concerns:

Crisis Helplines & Locations:

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: Call or text 988 and ask for the Mobile Response Team (MRT) or chat at 988lifeline.org. This national hotline connects individuals with crisis counselors who are experiencing suicidal thoughts and mental health emergencies.
  • Maryland Crisis Hotline: Dial 211 and press 1 for information, referral, and crisis intervention. This statewide helpline provides access to trained crisis counselors 24/7. They can assist with crisis intervention, provide information on local resources, and offer emotional support. 
  • Dyer Care Center: This is a 23-hour outpatient facility in Prince George’s County that provides emergency crisis stabilization for mental health, behavioral health, and substance use. The center will be opening on April 25th, 2024. To learn more, visit tlc-md.org or contact us at (888) 900–1257.

Reach Out to Local Organizations

Maryland has several organizations that focus on mental health and/or substance use support. Here are a few:

  • NAMI Maryland (National Alliance on Mental Illness): NAMI Maryland offers resources, support groups, and education programs for individuals and families. They have local chapters throughout the state.
  • Maryland Behavioral Health Administration (BHA): BHA oversees behavioral health services in Maryland and can connect you with resources, treatment options, and crisis support services.
  • SAMHSA’s Treatment Locator: The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) provides a treatment locator tool that can help you find nearby mental health and/or substance use treatment facilities.

If you are a resident in Southern Maryland in need of mental health and/or substance use services, contact the following local government organizations:

If you have any questions or need additional help to find resources in your area, contact info@tlc-md.org.

You’re stronger than diabetes. Protect your mental health

You’re stronger than diabetes. Protect your mental health

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Living with diabetes can be challenging, but support & self-care promote resilience.

Understand the basics:

  • Assemble a healthcare team you trust
  • Educate yourself & ask questions
  • Release guilt: Diabetes progression is not a personal failure
  • Watch for concerning signs like hopelessness & know help is available
  • Set realistic goals & use tools like CGMs to understand–not judge–your blood sugar

This guide provides tips to safeguard & improve your physical health & emotional wellbeing.

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Stress management is an important part of self-care for diabetes. Excessive stress can harm your blood sugar & affect your health-related decision-making.

  • This guide shares techniques to find calm.
  • Identify your stressors and warning signs
  • Avoid or limit stressful situations
  • Make time for yourself through exercise, hobbies, and relaxation
  • Build your support network of family, friends, groups
  • Seek counseling if needed

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How to Support a Loved One in a Substance Use and/or Mental Health Crisis

If you or someone you know is struggling or in crisis, help is available. Call or text 988 and ask for the Mobile Response Team (MRT) or chat at 988lifeline.org.

Mental health and/or substance use crises can affect anyone, including our friends and family. When a loved one is facing such challenges, it’s crucial to provide support, empathy, and access to appropriate resources. In Maryland, several organizations and services are dedicated to helping individuals and families navigate these difficult situations. 

Learn how you can support a loved one in a mental health and/or substance use crisis in Maryland and which organizations can provide assistance.

Recognize the Signs

The first step in supporting a loved one is recognizing the signs of a mental health and/or substance use crisis. These signs can vary depending on the individual and the specific crisis, but some common indicators include:

  • Expressing thoughts of self-harm or suicide.
  • Sudden and extreme changes in behavior or mood.
  • Isolation from friends and family.
  • Neglecting personal hygiene and responsibilities.
  • Increased substance use or dependency.
  • Disrupted sleep patterns.

Initiate a Conversation

Approaching a loved one in crisis can be challenging, but starting a conversation is crucial. Choose a private, comfortable setting and express your concern in a calm manner and without judgment. Be an active listener and encourage them to share their thoughts and feelings. Remember that your role is primarily to offer a listening ear, support, and understanding.

Encourage Professional Help

In many cases, professional assistance is necessary for individuals experiencing a mental health and/or substance use crisis. Encourage your loved one to seek help from mental health professionals, therapists, or addiction specialists. If they are reluctant, offer to assist in finding suitable resources and making appointments.

Crisis Helplines

Several crisis helplines in Maryland can provide immediate support for individuals and their loved ones. Two prominent options are:

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: Call or text 988 and ask for the Mobile Response Team (MRT) or chat at 988lifeline.org. This national hotline connects individuals with crisis counselors who are experiencing suicidal thoughts and mental health emergencies.
  • Maryland Crisis Hotline: Dial 211 and press 1 for information, referral, and crisis intervention. This statewide helpline provides access to trained crisis counselors 24/7. They can assist with crisis intervention, provide information on local resources, and offer emotional support. 

Reach Out to Local Organizations

Maryland has several organizations that focus on mental health and/or substance use support. Here are a few:

  • NAMI Maryland (National Alliance on Mental Illness): NAMI Maryland offers resources, support groups, and education programs for individuals and families. They have local chapters throughout the state.
  • Maryland Behavioral Health Administration (BHA): BHA oversees behavioral health services in Maryland and can connect you with resources, treatment options, and crisis support services.
  • SAMHSA’s Treatment Locator: The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) provides a treatment locator tool that can help you find nearby mental health and/or substance use treatment facilities.

If you are a resident in Southern Maryland in need of mental health and/or substance use services, contact the following local government organizations:

You can support your loved ones if they are experiencing a mental health or substance use crisis. Remember: Recognize the signs, initiate a conversation, and encourage professional help. Use crisis helplines and reach out to local organizations for guidance. Together, we can provide the necessary support and resources to help our loved ones on their path to recovery and better mental health.

Transformational Approach to Behavioral Health

In recent years, communities across the nation have been grappling with the challenge of responding effectively to behavioral health crises. Law enforcement and other emergency responders often find themselves unable to provide the best care for individuals experiencing mental health issues. 

In Prince George’s County, Maryland, however, a groundbreaking transformational approach to mental health is changing the game. By establishing a comprehensive behavioral health continuum, the county is not only addressing this critical issue holistically but also setting a shining example for others to follow.

The Challenge of Emergency Behavioral Health Crises

Emergency Crisis Services have skyrocketed in our society. Yet, the responders who are first on the scene, such as law enforcement and 911 personnel, frequently do not have the specialized training needed to handle these sensitive situations. The result is a gap in the quality of care for people experiencing mental health challenges during these emergencies.

Prince George’s County Leading the Way

Recognizing the need for a transformative solution, Prince George’s County has taken the lead in redefining how mental health crises are handled within its community. The county’s approach focuses on providing accessible, appropriate, and compassionate care through every step of the crisis process.

The Crisis Continuum of Care

Prince George’s County’s transformational approach to mental health crisis revolves around a well-structured crisis continuum of care. This continuum is designed to guide residents through the process of receiving the right care at the right time:

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Step 1: Call 988, the National Suicide & Prevention Lifeline

The first step emphasizes prevention and support. By encouraging individuals to reach out to the National Suicide & Prevention Lifeline at 988, Prince George’s County ensures that those in need have immediate access to trained professionals who can provide essential guidance and support.

Step 2: The Mobile Response Team

Understanding the importance of in-person intervention, the county has established six Mobile Response Teams. These teams are comprised of mental health clinicians who respond to crisis situations in-person as needed. By calling (301) 429-2185, residents can request the presence of a mental health professional who can assess the situation and provide necessary interventions.

Step 3: The Dyer Care Center

Recognizing the need for a dedicated crisis facility, Prince George’s County is projected to  open the Dyer Care Center in the late fall of 2023. This facility specializes in emergency crisis stabilization for individuals facing mental health, behavioral health, and/or substance use concerns. The center aims to provide a safe and supportive environment for those in crisis, ensuring they receive the appropriate level of care and attention.

Step 4: Mindoula

To provide continuous support beyond the immediate crisis, TLC-MD has partnered with Mindoula. This organization offers round-the-clock virtual support and assistance to eligible individuals dealing with chronic mental health issues, some physical health challenges, and social well-being concerns. Eligible patients must bereferred to Mindoula from participating hospitals, ensuring a seamless transition from crisis care to ongoing support.

Harnessing the Power of Information: TLC-MD’s Crisis Continuum Videos

Prince George’s County is also harnessing the power of information distribution to ensure its community is well-informed about these critical services. The TLC-MD Crisis Continuum Videos, available on YouTube, provide an insightful look into the county’s approach to mental health crisis intervention. Check them out below.

A Model for Revolutionizing Mental Health 

Prince George’s County’s transformational approach to mental health crisis intervention follows the Crisis Now best practices and hopes to be  a model for other communities to follow. By creating a comprehensive crisis continuum of care, the county is ensuring that residents in need receive timely, appropriate, and compassionate support. 

This approach not only enhances the well-being of individuals in crisis but also relieves the burden on law enforcement and emergency responders, allowing them to focus on their core duties. As communities deal with the increasing demand for mental health services, Prince George’s County will serve as a beacon of innovation and compassion in the realm of mental health support.

If you or someone you know is struggling or in crisis, immediate help is available. Call the Mobile Response Team (MRT) at (301) 429-2185 or call the National Suicide and Crisis Lifeline at 988 or chat 988lifeline.org

5 Signs You Should Join a Lifestyle Change Program

Typically, when we get some scary news from our healthcare provider about our blood work numbers being too high or off, it can be just the spark we need to take better care of our health.

If you’re concerned about diabetes and what it can do to your health, there are proactive (and easy) steps to prevent this chronic condition and lead a healthier life. One way is to join a Diabetes Prevention Program.

In Southern Maryland, there are several organizations offering such programs, and today we’ll be highlighting 5 reasons why you should consider joining one, especially with one of TLC-MD Diabetes Prevention Program partner organizations.

1.- You’re Struggling with Excess Weight

Carrying excess weight, especially around the waist, is a significant risk factor for diabetes. If you’re struggling with weight management, a Diabetes Prevention Program can provide you with the tools and support needed to shed those extra pounds in a sustainable and healthy manner.

2.- You Have a Family History of Diabetes

If diabetes runs in your family, you might be at a higher risk of developing the condition yourself. You can che. ck your diabetes risk in this link. Family history, combined with certain lifestyle factors, can significantly increase your risk for diabetes. By joining a Diabetes Prevention Program, you’ll learn how to manage these risk factors effectively and adopt a lifestyle that reduces your chances of developing diabetes.

3.- You Lead a Sedentary Lifestyle

If your daily routine involves long hours of sitting, whether at work or home, you could be increasing your diabetes risk. Lack of physical activity is a major contributor to the development of type 2 diabetes. Participating in a Diabetes Prevention Program will introduce you to simple ways to increase your physical activity that can be easily incorporated into your routine, helping you stay active and reduce your risk.

4.- Your Diet Needs Improvement

Unhealthy eating habits, especially a diet high in processed foods, sugary beverages, and excessive calories, can contribute to obesity and diabetes. If you find it challenging to maintain a balanced diet, a Diabetes Prevention Program can guide you through making healthier food choices, creating meal plans, and managing portion sizes, all of which can help with diabetes prevention.

5.- You’re Committed to Positive Change

Commitment is key to the success of any lifestyle change program. If you’re truly motivated to transform your habits and reduce your diabetes risk, then a Diabetes Prevention Program can offer you the guidance, education, and community support you need to stay on track, achieve your health goals to feel and live better.

We invite you to check out our partner organizations and their Diabetes Prevention Program Calendar and see what fits your schedule. Click here for upcoming classes.

What If There Isn’t a Cohort Scheduled?

If you’re unable to join a scheduled cohort, don’t worry. There are still steps you can take to prioritize your health:

  • Healthy Eating: Focus on a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats. Reduce your intake of sugary and processed foods.
  • Physical Activity: Incorporate at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity activity per week. Break up long periods of sitting with short walks.
  • Stress Management: Practice relaxation techniques such as meditation, deep breathing, or yoga to reduce stress and your blood sugar levels.
  • Regular Check-ups: Schedule regular visits with your healthcare provider to monitor your health, including blood sugar levels.

Don’t wait for diabetes to become a reality in your life. Take charge of your health today by considering one of the Diabetes Prevention Programs offered by TLC-MD’s partner organizations. To learn more about the available cohorts and join a program, visit this link. Your journey to a healthier future starts now.

Typically, when we get some scary news from our healthcare provider about our blood work numbers being too high or off, it can be just the spark we need to take better care of our health.  If you’re concerned about diabetes and what it can do to your health, there are proactive (and easy) steps to prevent this chronic condition and lead a healthier life. One way is to join a Diabetes Prevention Program.  In Southern Maryland, there are several organizations offering such programs, and today we’ll be highlighting 5 reasons why you should consider joining one, especially with one of TLC-MD Diabetes Prevention Program partner organizations.
  1. You’re Struggling with Excess Weight
Carrying excess weight, especially around the waist, is a significant risk factor for diabetes. If you’re struggling with weight management, a Diabetes Prevention Program can provide you with the tools and support needed to shed those extra pounds in a sustainable and healthy manner.
  1. You Have a Family History of Diabetes
If diabetes runs in your family, you might be at a higher risk of developing the condition yourself. You can check your diabetes risk in this link. Family history, combined with certain lifestyle factors, can significantly increase your risk for diabetes. By joining a Diabetes Prevention Program, you’ll learn how to manage these risk factors effectively and adopt a lifestyle that reduces your chances of developing diabetes.
  1. You Lead a Sedentary Lifestyle
If your daily routine involves long hours of sitting, whether at work or home, you could be increasing your diabetes risk. Lack of physical activity is a major contributor to the development of type 2 diabetes. Participating in a Diabetes Prevention Program will introduce you to simple ways to increase your physical activity that can be easily incorporated into your routine, helping you stay active and reduce your risk.
  1. Your Diet Needs Improvement
Unhealthy eating habits, especially a diet high in processed foods, sugary beverages, and excessive calories, can contribute to obesity and diabetes. If you find it challenging to maintain a balanced diet, a Diabetes Prevention Program can guide you through making healthier food choices, creating meal plans, and managing portion sizes, all of which can help with diabetes prevention.
  1. You’re Committed to Positive Change
Commitment is key to the success of any lifestyle change program. If you’re truly motivated to transform your habits and reduce your diabetes risk, then a Diabetes Prevention Program can offer you the guidance, education, and community support you need to stay on track, achieve your health goals to feel and live better. We invite you to check out our partner organizations and their Diabetes Prevention Program Calendar and see what fits your schedule. Click here for upcoming classes. What If There Isn’t a Cohort Scheduled? If you’re unable to join a scheduled cohort, don’t worry. There are still steps you can take to prioritize your health:
  • Healthy Eating: Focus on a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats. Reduce your intake of sugary and processed foods.
  • Physical Activity: Incorporate at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity activity per week. Break up long periods of sitting with short walks.
  • Stress Management: Practice relaxation techniques such as meditation, deep breathing, or yoga to reduce stress and your blood sugar levels.
  • Regular Check-ups: Schedule regular visits with your healthcare provider to monitor your health, including blood sugar levels.
Don’t wait for diabetes to become a reality in your life. Take charge of your health today by considering one of the Diabetes Prevention Programs offered by TLC-MD’s partner organizations. To learn more about the available cohorts and join a program, visit this link or call (301) 237-6677. Your journey to a healthier future starts now.

Six Organizations in Maryland Striving for Equity and Access for Minority Mental Health

July is Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, an opportunity dedicated to shedding light recognizing and addressing mental health concerns within minority communities – a step towards realizing a healthcare system that is truly equitable and culturally responsive. 

In Maryland, various organizations are dedicated to supporting and advocating for minority mental health. By raising awareness, providing resources, and fostering inclusive spaces, each of these organizations play a pivotal role in improving mental wellbeing within marginalized communities. These notable organizations in Maryland are actively working towards addressing the unique challenges faced by minority populations in terms of mental health:

1. Mental Health Association of Maryland (MHAMD):

The Mental Health Association of Maryland is a nonprofit organization committed to promoting mental health and wellness across the state. MHAMD collaborates with local communities to eliminate stigma, raise awareness, and provide education and resources for individuals. They actively work to reduce disparities in mental healthcare access and offer culturally appropriate services that cater to the needs of the most vulnerable individuals in Maryland.

2. Black Mental Health Alliance (BMHA):

The Black Mental Health Alliance is dedicated to improving the mental health and wellbeing of Black communities in Maryland. They focus on reducing mental health disparities through education, advocacy, and support services. BMHA offers culturally relevant programs, workshops, and resources that empower individuals and families to address mental health challenges. Their initiatives also aim to dismantle systemic barriers that impede access to quality mental healthcare.

3. Asian American Health Initiative (AAHI):

The Asian American Health Initiative strives to promote mental wellness within the Asian American community in Maryland. Recognizing the unique cultural factors and challenges faced by this population, AAHI offers linguistically and culturally appropriate mental health programs, workshops, and support services. Through community engagement and collaboration, AAHI aims to reduce stigma, improve access to care, and enhance mental health outcomes among Asian Americans.

4. National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI Maryland):

NAMI Maryland is the state chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), dedicated to providing support, education, and advocacy for individuals living with mental health conditions. Their multicultural outreach programs focus on addressing the needs of diverse communities, including racial and ethnic minorities. NAMI Maryland offers culturally sensitive support groups, educational resources, and workshops to promote mental health awareness and empower minority populations.

5. Casa de Maryland:

Casa de Maryland is a community-based organization focused on advancing the rights and wellbeing of immigrant communities in Maryland. While their primary focus is on immigration-related issues, primarily for Latino immigrants, Casa de Maryland recognizes the intersectionality of mental health and the immigrant experience. They offer support services, referrals, and community resources to address the mental health needs of immigrants and create a safe and culturally-inclusive environment.

6. The Center for LGBTQ+ Health Equity:

The Center for LGBTQ+ Health Equity at Chase Brexton Health Care is dedicated to promoting health equity within the LGBTQ+ community in Maryland. They provide LGBTQ+specific mental health services, support groups, and resources to address the unique mental health challenges faced by diverse sexual and gender minorities. The center actively advocates for LGBTQ+ inclusive policies and works towards eliminating barriers to mental healthcare access.

If you are a resident in Southern Maryland in need of mental health and/or substance misuse services contact the following local government organizations:

• Prince George’s County Local Behavioral Health Authority

• Calvert County Local Behavioral Health Authority

• Charles County Local Behavioral Health Authority

• St. Mary’s County Local Behavioral Health Authority

TLC-MD believes in and advocates for minority mental health organizations to help build a society that embraces inclusivity and values equity. These organizations in Maryland are at the forefront of this important work – striving to eliminate disparities, reduce stigma, and provide culturally inclusive mental health support and resources to these oftentimes marginalized communities. By supporting and partnering with these organizations, we can work collectively towards a more equitable and inclusive mental healthcare system in Maryland and surrounding communities.