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Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Programs

The Howard County Local Health Improvement Coalition (HCLHIC) wants to connect Howard County community members with evidence-based mental health, suicide prevention education and stigma reduction programs. Partners including Howard County General Hospital, Grassroots Crisis Intervention, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention - Maryland Chapter and the Mental Health Association of Maryland are collaborating to make these programs accessible to the community.

988 - Connect to Behavioral Health Crisis Services

Calling 988 will connect callers directly to the National Suicide & Crisis Lifeline which encompasses all behavioral crisis services, to include all mental health and substance use (problems with drug and alcohol use).

The 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline replaces the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline AND expands services to cover all behavioral health crisis services.

Learn more about 988 in Maryland

Now Matters Now: Self-Help Videos and Resources

Now Matters Now Self-Help Videos and Resources is a website by and for people who have survived suicidal crisis. The website features videos of suicide survivors describing activities that help them get through suicidal crises and resources like Safety Plans, Cold Water, Radical Acceptance, Problem Solving, Mindfulness, Distraction, Opposite Action, and Caring Messages. CMEs are available.

Visit Now Matter Now to watch the Skill & Support for Coping with Suicidal Thoughts Video.

Training Public Safety to Prevent Overdose in BIPOC Communities

To identify the extent of public safety-led overdose prevention efforts and corollary training for public safety personnel that are tailored for BIPOC communities, the National Council for Mental Wellbeing, with support from the CDC, conducted an environmental scan consisting of a literature review, 11 key informant interviews, and two roundtable discussions with a diverse group of individuals with experience in overdose prevention, harm reduction, or public safety.

Visit National Council for Mental Wellbeing to learn more about this training.

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