mental health

Our Mental Health is Part of the Public Health Emergency

By Jacki Post Ashkin, MSW, LCSW-C One in four young adults has struggled with suicidal thoughts since the coronavirus hit, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). One in four. It is a staggering and frightening reality. As the new year began, we learned of the suicide death of Tommy Raskin, the 25-year-old …

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Is Your Mask Hiding or Protecting?

By Susan Kurlander, M.Ed.   At first, I didn’t understand.  Going to the grocery store is considered an essential reason to be out in public.  I was keeping my distance and I was wearing a mask.  I was smiling (my normal expression wherever I am), but no one seemed to notice.  Or maybe they did and were …

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Learn How to Balance Where You Get Your News

By Mona Rock, JCS Marketing Manager From the age of 10, I’ve always loved journalism. Each night my mother, who was an educator at the time, and I would watch local and national news broadcasts and talk about what we witnessed. In elementary school, we would work on “newspaper projects” where we read local newspapers …

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Suicide Awareness & Prevention

Several media outlets including WMAR and WBALTV are joining JCS in an on-going conversation about suicide. Please watch this video to make sure you know how to help.  If you or someone you know is in crisis, please call us at 410-466-9200.

JCS provides a broad range of services that meet the diverse, multi-dimensional needs of individuals and families throughout Central Maryland. 

The Stigma of Mental Illness

May is National Mental Health Awareness month.  What is the first thought that comes to mind when you hear the term “mental illness?”

For some, the thought of “mental illness” conjures up images of severely dysfunctional people; people that are socially isolated, unpredictable, and even dangerous. Unfortunately, such beliefs have led to widespread stigma against those who suffer with mental illness.

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