AFSP Suicide Prevention: Walk and Drive Through Luminary

Thank you Kat Olbrich for a wonderful interview about tips for self care during COVID and info on the virtual walk and beautiful drive through luminary event for suicide prevention! I cannot wait to participate in the drive through, I am sure it is going to be beautiful! AFSP

If you are in crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741741.

Finding Balance with E-Learning Dr. Kimberly Palmiotto, Educational Psychologist

Moms For Mental Health had a wonderful Q and A with Dr. Kimberley Palmiotto Educational Psychologist about finding balance with e-learning. We recorded the session for those who may be interested in hearing the discussion.

Here is the link to the article in Chesapeake Family Magazine mentioned in the video.

AACPL Helps Families Navigate Grief and Loss

Grief and loss are never easy to navigate. During COVID, many familes have the added struggle of not being able to say goodbye as they usually would. Anne Arundel County Public Library now offers a kit entitled Healing Library: Death of a Loved One. These kits come full of books, activities, and resources designed to help families navigate grief and loss together. Many of the items are intended to be kept by families to help encourage and uplift them during their journey through loss, grief, and healing.

To learn more about the healing library listen to AACPL staff member Laura Namovicz in the video below.

Or visit the healing library for downloadable resources here.

Maryland Senior Care With Lean On Dee Senior Advocates

Please take a moment to view or share our interview with Lean On Dee Senior Advocates. Co Owner Winsome Brown shares the many services she and her sister offer to help provide quality care and attention to the seniors we love. They offer more than senior care, they offer compassionate interaction that truly is an extension of family. Whether help is needed for doctors visits, home safety evaluations, dementia care, or assisted living placement, they are a wealth of loving knowledge. They encourage us all as a community to show love and compassion to our seniors through simple acts of listening. They view aging as a graceful process, and something to be respected.

Art Therapy with Elizabeth Hlavek

In my practice, I work primarily with adolescents and young adults struggling with eating disorders, body image issues and self esteem concerns. I have a strong understanding of the relationship between trauma and body image, and I work delicately with my clients to help recognize these connections to facilitate healing. My experience comes from years working on an eating disorders inpatient unit, day hospital and IOP. Art Therapy can be beneficial for those who struggle to express themselves verbally and is a popular modality in the treatment of PTSD and eating disorders.Art Therapy does not require art skills and art materials are provided. In a typical session, we will both talk and make art. I work with my clients using a variety of media and interventions based on personal preference and therapeutic goals. Sessions and artwork are always confidential.As a Board Certified, Licensed Clinical Art Therapist, I work with clients to facilitate expression and self-awareness. Art Therapy allows individuals to communicate in an alternative, safer, format. Artwork can serve as a metaphor for an individual’s inner experience.Call or Email Elizabeth Hlavek for a free phone consultation now – (443) 291-3460

POC Providers

We would like to feature a few mental health resources featuring POC.

Octavia Brown is an incredible influence in the Annapolis area. If you know her personally you get it when we say she is INCREDIBLE! She “specializes in racial trauma therapy, trauma-informed care, cognitive behavioral therapy, and behavioral modification. She received her MSW from the University of Maryland Baltimore School of Social Work in 2015, but has served in the urban community for over 10 years.” Her practice is Urban Institute of Mental Health.

Natasha Miller has been working in the greater Washington D.C. area providing counseling and case management services for the past fourteen years. She has experience building relationships with those experiencing homelessness to professionals serving as chief executives. She has a passion for social justice and grass roots advocacy” For more about Natasha visit her site here.

Another valuable resource for women of color is the website

And for further resources and information on mental health and the black community please visit NAMI’s page here.

Summer Workshops For Teens With Anxiety

SUMMER WORKSHOPS FOR TEENS ON ANXIETY MANAGEMENT AND SELF-ESTEEM/LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT! SEE ATTACHED FLYERS. My name is Sam Straub, founder of Samantha Straub Consulting, LLC Support, Strategies and Straight Talk to Help Teens Thrive. Together with Waypoint Wellness Center, where I work part time as a therapist, I’m excited to bring these educational opportunities to our community. I have been teaching and supporting teens for over 23 years, first as a classroom teacher, then as an administrator, and now as a high school counselor and mental health therapist. In addition, I’m raising two teenagers of my own. The age group is near and dear to my heart. With love, humor, and nearly two and a half decades of training and learning, I find energy in helping teens reach their full potential This summer, I’ve designed several workshops to help address two of the most common issues I encounter in my work with teens: anxiety and low self-esteem. SLAY YOUR STRESS is all about providing participants with tools and skills to reframe stress as our body’s response to challenge, and giving teens the tools and skills to successfully and powerfully navigate periods of anxiety. Better TogetHER is a leadership development program for early adolescent girls. This workshop aims to empower young women at precisely the time in their lives when many will encounter a confidence drop. The focus of Better TogetHER is on leadership of the self: learning about our own strengths, developing positive communication tools that will help us connect with others, and tactically applying our unique gifts for the betterment of ourselves and our communities. I’ve included more info about each workshop on the flyers below. More info can also be found on Waypoint’s website under the “services” tab: feel free to contact me through the link above, at, or PM me at Samantha Straub Consulting, LLC with additional inquiries.COVID-19 Precautions:Each workshop will take place in the lower level conference room at the Conte Building, 130 Lubrano Drive, Annapolis. Workshops will be capped at 9 participants, and the meeting room provides ample space for social distancing. Participants will be asked to bring their own snacks and water bottles and to wear a mask. Materials will be cleaned and sanitized between uses and between users, and hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes will be available. Upon arrival, participants will be screened for possible symptoms of or exposure to COVID-19. Anyone experiencing symptoms or who may have been exposed to the virus will not be permitted to participate.

Mother’s Day How to Celebrate During Times of Social Distancing

With the current state of things it may seem difficult to celebrate in the ways we are used to. Brunch, pedicures, spa treatments, day trips… These all seem to be hindered by current restraints, regulations, and closings. Fear not, there are still plenty of ways to celebrate Mother’s Day for yourself and the special women in your life. 

First, take a deep breath and remember that different is just that … different, it doesn’t have to be synonymous with bad. There is still much to celebrate and still much joy to be found. This year is different but different can be wonderfully memorable. Some resources are local to the Annapolis Md area, but many can be altered or adjusted regardless of location.

Below are some great ways to make this Mother’s Day the best one yet. 

Jewelry Making: Local Shops like The Twisted Bead are offering contactless shopping. Order beads and jewelry making supplies online or from local retailers or get creative with items you have in your own home (clay, pasta, old or broken jewelry, craft materials) come up with one of a kind wearable creations that will forever be a reminder that love is unstoppable. 

DIY Sip and Paint Experience: Youtube offers a wide range of guided painting videos that are perfect for any experience or ability level. Grab your favorite bottle of wine and create a new piece of art to treasure. My eight year old daughter and I enjoy the Art Sherpa videos on Youtube which are always vibrant in color and easy and enjoyable for adults and children. 

Enjoy a living room concert: Create a playlist of your favorite artists and enjoy an array of snacks while you get lost in the music that speaks to your soul. Each member of the family can create their own playlist and share why it is meaningful or maybe even share songs they would dedicate to each other. 

Virtual Tours and Vacations: Where is some place you would absolutely love to travel to? What destination is on your bucket list? Enjoy online tours of these exotic destinations (google, youtube, travel blogs…) or better yet have your family put together a slideshow of your dream vacation and enjoy a front row seat to daydreaming while snacking on themed food and drink options. Sometimes when the real thing just isn’t an option, a mindful experience can be the next best thing and lead to fun dreams and planning for future adventures. 

Organize Family Photos and Create Custom Albums Together: How many photos do we all have stored on our phones and computers? Sometimes just looking at these photos and reliving the memories together can brighten our mood and remind us just how much good there is in life. Work together to relive these memories and organize them into keepsake albums. Use sites like shutterfly to design your custom albums.

At home spa days: DIY spa days can be as luxurious as you want them to be. Dim the lights, play soothing music, and order your favorite spa products online or create DIY salt scrubs, sugar scrubs, and facemasks. Seek out local moms who may have inventory for Mary Kay, Avon, or Arbonne and see if they can help put together an at home spa package. Sip on lemon water or iced tea, and relax with a good book, a hot bath, or an indulgent podcast. 

Family Fashion Shows and Photo Shoots: Make the most of your time together and create lasting memories and laughs by doing a themed fashion show and photo shoot. High fashion, evening wear, color coordinated, movie characters, halloween, or any theme you desire. 

Family Bake Off: Who’s the best baker in the house? Have everyone pick a recipe and let the competition begin. Friendly competition is made even more fun by getting to enjoy homemade treats when its time to judge the final products. 

Illustrate and Share a Favorite Family Memory: Have every member of the family come up with their favorite memory or two. Have them write about why it is so meaningful or illustrate the memory and create a keepsake book of family favorites. 

 To-Go Goodies: Brunch or lunch to go and socially distant picnics can be a great way to indulge in fine foods and spend time with those you love. Some of my local favorites are wine pairings to go from Luna Blue, the Mother’s Day Tea menu from Reynolds Tavern, and the ever delicious to go brunch boxes from Cafe Mezzanote. If possible enjoy a social distance picnic from a safe distance with the special women in your life, or utilize services like zoom for a virtual celebration. 

No matter how you choose to celebrate this year, remember you are loved and we are all in this together.