Hello friends and happy Friday!


Last week I attended the virtual Awareness Fair where I had the opportunity to visit different faculty and organizations. I thought I would share some of the information I received that hopefully you’ll find useful to use or to pass along.


A lot of what I heard about were organizations to help people with mental health services and human services. Coincidentally, I recently watched a documentary on BBC called ‘Our Silent Emergency’ which is the story a young man who had recently committed suicide and the impact it had on his friends. I liked that documentary because it put a heavy emphasis on remembering to always check in with your friends. You never know what’s happening with people and whether they are struggling with something. It’s important to ask something as simple as, ‘are you ok?’


So, are you ok? but really are you ok?


Anyway here is some of the information from the Awareness Fair.


Success Navigators


At CCBC, the Success Navigators serve as the first stop for students in need of human services assistance.


Their role is to assess students’ needs and help secure appropriate referrals, through CCBC and community resources, so students can receive timely help.  They provide support resources as early as possible to help ensure student success throughout the semester.


Some examples of areas of human services assistance referral are:

  • Emergency Housing Information
  • Food Insecurity
  • Food Pantry Referrals
  • State and Federal Benefits
  • Legal Resources
  • Clinical Counseling
  • Utility Assistance
  • Transportation

Please look on the CCBC website for more information as well as how to contact the appropriate people.


Maryland Relay


A Free Public Service that Makes Telephone Communication Accessible for Everyone​​.


Maryland Relay is a free public service that allows people, unable to use a standard telephone, to both make and receive phone calls.


Maryland Relay users are individuals who are unable to use a standard telephone, including those who are/have:

  • Deaf
  • Difficulty Speaking
  • DeafBlind
  • Hard of Hearing
  • Limited Mobility
  • Cognitive Difficulty



Behavioral Health Crisis Resources


Suicide Prevention Lifeline – Lives Matter. Reach Out. Help is Here


National network of local crisis centers that provide free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24/7.


Hearing impaired: 1-800-799-4889



Maryland Crisis Connect:


Maryland Crisis Hotline: 1-800-422-0009


Statewide 24-hour crisis intervention and supportive counseling hotline for suicide, family and relationship problems, shelter needs, violent or threatening domestic situations, loneliness, depression, chemical dependency issues, and others.


Crisis intervention, support, and referrals. Online chat available Monday-Friday, 4 p.m.-9 p.m.





Behavioral Health Emergency and After-Hours Services


If you are in crisis after hours, call 911 or report to the nearest hospital emergency department. You may also call Mobile Crisis.


Mobile Crisis Team:


A mobile crisis team consists of mental health professionals dispatched to community locations to provide immediate assessment, intervention, and treatment to people experiencing a psychiatric emergency.


Mobile teams provide services wherever you are located: home, work, hospital emergency department.


Teams work in partnership with other community resources including police, crisis intervention agencies, shelters, and others.


Additional Resources

Western Maryland Regional Medical Center Crisis Line

  • 240-964-1399

Family Crisis Resource Center

  • 301-759-9244
  • Assists victims and survivors of intimate partner violence, rape, sexual assault, sexual abuse, and child abuse.  If you are in an abusive situation or need to know your options, lines are open 24/7.

Problem Gambling Helpline

  • 1-800-GAMBLER (426-2537)
  • Provides support​ for those struggling with a gambling addiction.

The Trevor Project Crisis Line

  • 1-866-488-7386
  • Leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ youth ages 13-24.

Veterans’ Crisis Hotline

  • 1-800-273-8255, Press 1 or 1-877-VET2VET (838-2838)
  • Connects veterans in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring Department of Veterans Affairs responders through a confidential toll-free hotline.
  • VET2VET is a confidential connection which utilizes trained peer veterans ready to provide hope and help 24/7.  In addition, the peer counselor will help the veteran navigate the complex VA system to access the mental health resources that are being sought.

I hope some of this information was helpful to you or to someone you know.

See you next time!