Mental Health Resources

Mental Health Resources

In UUCC’s worship services on November 12, 2017, the clergy and lay speakers began a conversation about de-stigmatizing mental disorders in our congregation and in our world. The following resource list was compiled by that group – we hope it aids in your understanding, treatment, and support.

Resources for Treatment and Support:

Grassroots Crisis Intervention – A 24-hour resource to individuals and families in need of immediate assistance with a personal, mental health, family, or shelter crisis in Columbia. Anonymous free in-person crisis counseling available. Crisis Hotline: 410.531.6677

NAMI Howard County – “… grassroots mental health organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness.”

Sheppard Pratt – Mental Health Resources list and Mental Health Crisis Evaluation (Towson)

Kennedy Krieger Institute – Columbia (esp. for children with mental health issues; they take insurance and are convenient)

Howard County Public School System – Psychological Services

Mental Health Association of Maryland – Addresses the mental health needs of all ages through programs that educate the public, advance public policy, and monitor the quality of services.

UU Related:

Unitarian Universalist Association’s 1961 General Resolution re: Mental Health

Mission Peak UU Congregation Mental Health Ministry – developed by Rev. Barbara Meyers (includes Education, Healing, Social Justice, and Worship)

“Mental Health Ministries Thrive”, UUA Interconnections, Donald E. Skinner, Nov. 1, 2011


Stephen Fry – The Secret Life Of The Manic Depressive


An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness – Kay Redfield Jamison

The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression – Andrew Solomon

My Age of Anxiety: Fear, Hope, Dread, and the Search for Peace of Mind – Scott Stossel

The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma – Bessel van der Kolk

Articles & Essays on the Mental Health Care System, Social Justice Issues, and Stigma:

“The Myth Of Mental Illness And Gun Violence”, Todd Essig, Jun. 28, 2014

“Hard Time or Hospital Treatment? Mental Illness and the Criminal Justice System”, Christine Montross, M.D., Oct. 13, 2016

“How to Fix a Broken Mental-Health System”, Norm Ornstein, Jun. 8, 2016

“The State of Mental Health in America 2017”, Annual Policy Report by Mental Health America

“Baltimore police cuffed, stunned and shot people in mental health crisis, even if they posed no threat”, Kimbriell Kelly, Aug. 12, 2016

“Why do we never talk about the harm that can be done by diagnosing someone with a mental illness?”, Rachel Waddingham, Oct. 10, 2017

“How Mental Illness is Misrepresented in the Media”, Kirstin Fawcett, Apr. 16, 2015

“You Are Special! Now Stop Being Different”, Jonathan Mooney, Oct. 12, 2017

“The Silent Stigma of Mental Illness in the Church”, Robyn Henderson-Espinoza , May 10, 2017

Anti-Stigma Campaigns & Resources:

Bring Change 2 Mind

NAMI StigmaFree

Make It OK

I Am 1 in 4

This Is My Brave


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