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FCS Staff Celebrate Milestone-Accomplishments at Holiday Party

Last week, FCS concluded 2018 by extending our heartfelt thanks to our incredible staff who make our community stronger, brighter and safer every day of the year. Our staff holiday party provided us with an opportunity to reflect on accomplishments, participate in professional development regarding customer service, and enjoy each other’s company. We also celebrated milestone-year accomplishments of many of our staff who have dedicated their time and talent to FCS as well as our clients and for that, we are grateful. We hope our staff and our sponsoring partners have an opportunity to enjoy family, friends and great food over the coming weeks, and also partake in self-care, as the holidays can be both joyous and stressful. [ux_gallery ids=”2171,2167,2172,2169,2170,2166,2173,2168,2174,2175,2165,2176,2177,2178,2179,2182,2183,2184,2185,2186,2187,2188,2189,2190,2191″ type=”grid”]

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Family and Children’s Services Partners with Police to Implement the DART Program

Left to right: Bel Air Police Chief Charles Moore, Jennifer Redding, Deputy Chief of Behavioral Health Services, Family and Children’s Services, D/CPL Matthew Gullion, Bel Air Police Department, and Joe Ryan, Director, The Office of Drug Control Policy (Bel Air, Md)  In an attempt to break the cycle of addiction, Family and Children’s Services has partnered with the Bel Air Police Department, the Harford County Office of Drug Control Policy, and other local agencies to form the Bel Air Drug Abatement Response Team (DART). DART, implemented in January 2018, and is completing its first year.  DART’s conceptualization was based on the increasing number of opioid overdoses in Harford County, more specifically the alarming number of overdoses, and repeat overdoses, in the Town of Bel Air. Prior to the DART program, Bel Air police officers and medical providers would often respond and treat the same opioid overdose victims two or three times in the same week.   Bel Air Police

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FCS Has Sponsored the Harford County Trauma Institute’s Fifth Annual Conference

Harford County Trama Institute is proud to present their 2018 Keynote Speaker: ​ Dr. Bruce Perry M.D., PhD. Senior Fellow at ChildTrauma Academy ​ Dr. Perry is a pioneer in treating childhood trauma and is the author of The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog and Born For Love.  Bruce D. Perry is an American psychiatrist, currently the Senior Fellow of the Child Trauma Academy in Houston, Texas and an Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, Illinois.  A clinician and researcher in children’s mental health and the neurosciences, from 1993-2001 he was the Thomas S. Trammell Research Professor of Psychiatry at Baylor College of Medicine and Chief of Psychiatry at Texas Children’s Hospital. ​ As seen interviewed by Oprah Winfrey for 60 Minutes Conference Cost:​ $60 per person- early registration (Sept. 4-Oct. 5, 2018) $55 group of 10 or more.​ $70 per person- regular registration (Oct. 6-Nov. 2, 2018) $65 group

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Eight Inspired Young Mental Health Advocates You Need To Know About

If there’s one thing 2018 has taught the world, it’s that we shouldn’t underestimate today’s youth. You’ve probably heard that they’re organizing for gun violence prevention, defending LGBTQ rights, and defining global feminism. What you may know less about is the new generation of activists raising awareness about mental illness and developing innovative solutions to help bridge the gap between needing help and actually getting it. SEE ALSO: 11 times famous men spoke up about mental health and made it easier for others to get help These young advocates are developing apps, founding nonprofit organizations, coordinating fundraising drives, and building campus-wide support networks. They’re taking advantage of the work activists have previously done to decrease the stigma of talking about mental health, and they’re creating their own legacy by fundamentally changing the way young people discuss and seek help for mental illness. “They’re creating their own legacy by fundamentally changing the way young people discuss and seek help for

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Food and mood: Is there a connection?

If you’ve ever found yourself in front of the TV after a bad day, mindlessly digging ice cream out of the container with a spoon, you know that mood and food are sometimes linked. But while stress eating is a verified phenomenon, the relationship between food and actual mood disorders, such as depression, is less clear. Or, to put it another way: can the things you eat influence your risk for depression — and can dietary changes potentially improve your mental health? “The research regarding dietary factors and depression is still inconclusive,” says Patricia Chocano-Bedoya, a visiting scientist in the Department of Nutrition at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. But there have been hints that food may play a role in depression. Scientists looking for answers Research using data from large observational studies — like the Nurses’ Health Study and the Women’s Health Initiative, which included middle-aged to older and mostly postmenopausal women — has found

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