Bringing Serenity to your life with Comprehensive Behavioral Health Solutions
QCI Behavioral Health's mission is to provide the most focused, caring, careful, dedicated, humane, encouraging, least restrictive, and consistent mental health care to individuals, families, children, adolescents, teenagers, and adults with persistent and chronic mental illness, with no other avenue to services; with care provided in the individual's environment—in the home, on the street, in shelters for the homeless, in the office, or wherever we find there is need.
Who are we?
Mental health clinicians from the fields of counseling, family therapy, psychology, social work and nursing utilizing diverse modalities with specialties in adult, adolescent and child issues.
Physicians with specialties in Adult and Child Psychiatry and extensive experience with multiple patient populations. Focused medical and medication clinic support for adults and children.
Intervention specialists - life skills, employment/community support, coaching, job development, employment and training, behavioral and psychological.
In our community:
Free, Virtual Support Group for COVID Survivors
We know how devastating the COVID-19 pandemic has been and how scary a COVID-19 diagnosis can be. That's why we are offering free, virtual support groups through CovidCONNECT.
We encourage you to join one of our free session to talk with other Marylanders who have had COVID-19. Trained peer facilitators host small groups twice a month.
Please note that space is limited to 15 participants and members will be admitted on a first-registered, first-served basis.
Only individuals who have contracted COVID-19 are eligible to register for these support groups.
Other CovidCONNECT Support Groups
Visit CovidCONNECT and scroll down to Virtual Support Groups to learn more and to register. Past webinars are also available.
Sickle Cell Awareness
September is National Sickle Cell Awareness Month, a time to recognize the perseverance of patients living with sickle cell disease (SCD) and to recommit ourselves to improving the quality of life and health outcomes for all individuals living with SCD.
What is sickle cell disease?
Sickle cell disease is a genetic condition that affects the body’s red blood cells. It occurs when a child receives two sickle cell genes—one from each parent. In someone living with this disease, the red blood cells become hard and sticky and look like a C-shaped farm tool called a “sickle”.
Complications of sickle cell disease (SCD) can cause a large emotional burden. Pain, fatigue, and sleep disturbance are linked to depression for people with SCD. Depression can worsen SCD complications and lead to substance abuse.
Preventing and treating depression can improve health outcomes and quality of life for people with SCD. One way to do this is to talk to a therapist or counselor. They can help you learn how to cope with and prepare for challenges caused by SCD.
Why is depression common among people with sickle cell disease?
Depression is a prolonged sad mood that interferes with normal daily life. About 1 in 6 adults experience depression during their lives. Anxiety is often connected to depression. People with anxiety have intense feelings of fear, worry, or nervousness.1,2
About 1 in 3 people with SCD experience depression. It often goes undiagnosed and untreated because symptoms are similar to other SCD complications. The major causes of depression in people with SCD are pain and fatigue. However, other aspects of SCD can affect self-esteem and lead to mental health issues. Additional factors are:
Cost of treatments and hospital visits
Appointments disrupting daily life
Negative interactions with doctors
Depression leads to worse medical outcomes and more hospital visits. People with depression pay twice as much in healthcare bills. The symptoms of depression also make it harder to manage pain.
Recovery Month 2022
September is National Recovery Month (Recovery Month), which started in 1989, is a national observance held every September to promote and support t
Treatment and recovery practices, the nation’s strong and proud recovery community, and the dedication of service providers and communities who make recovery in all its forms possible.
SAMHSA aims to increase public awareness surrounding mental health and addiction recovery. In the years since Recovery Month launched, SAMHSA has timed announcements of initiatives and grant funding during Recovery Month, while collaborating with private and public entities to celebrate individuals during their long-term recoveries.
Photos of QCI Hagerstown celebrating Washington County Goes Purple for Recovery Month!
If you are experiencing a mental health medical emergency, call 911 or go immediately to the closest emergency room.
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