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ELDERLY

As people age, they may be more vulnerable to mental health problems. The Anne Arundel County Mental Health Agency (AACMHA) has developed two programs that are specifically geared toward helping older people with mental health concerns.

Outreach
AACMHA is supporting an outreach program aimed at identifying and assisting senior citizens with mental health issues.

Financial Support
It can be very difficult for low-income elderly people to buy critical psychiatric medications because of the high cost of these drugs and because they are not covered under Medicare. AACMHA helps to provide eligible senior citizens with financial support to help them buy these medications.

AACMHA also offers senior citizens the full range of services provided for all adults including the 24-hour hotline, case management, outpatient therapy, residential programs, independent/supported living, urgent care centers, the mobile crisis team, transportation help and financial assistance.

Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid is a publlic education program that introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental illness, builds understanding of their impact, and overviews common supports.  The 8-hour course uses role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to offer initial help in mental health crisis and connect persons to the appropriate professonal, peer, social and self-help care.  There are four areas of training:  Adult, Children &Adolescents, Elderly and Veterans.  Participants recieve a three-year certification in Mental Health First Aid.  For more information please contact Kate Callahan at the number below or check this website for future training dates.

For information about any of these programs or services, contact (410) 222-7858.

 

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CRISIS WARMLINE
410-768-5522
24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Maryland Youth Crisis Hotline
1-800-422-0009
24 hours a day, 7 days a week

National Suicide Prevention Hotlines

1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433)

1-800-273-TALK (8255)

Anne Arundel County Public Schools Student Safety Hotline
1-877-676-9854
24 hours a day, 7 days a week

SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline
1-800-985-5990
Text: "TalkWithUs" to 66746

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