United Way of Cen­tral Mary­land, Pro Bono Coun­sel­ing Project to sup­port men­tal health needs

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To sup­port the men­tal health of Mary­lan­ders, United Way of Cen­tral Mary­land’s 211 Helpline has part­nered with Pro Bono Coun­sel­ing Project (PBCP) to cre­ate a new men­tal health WARMLine, which sup­ports Mary­lan­ders who are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing men­tal health im­pacts re­lated to the COVID-19 pan­demic.

Ad­di­tion­ally, a $25,000 grant from the Mary­land Com­mu­nity Health Re­sources Com­mis­sion will en­able PBCP to pro­vide a telether­apy plat­form to vir­tu­ally serve Mary­lan­ders with coun­sel­ing and other ser­vices. The new line en­ables United Way to quickly di­rect 211 call­ers to PBCP’s team of li­censed, vol­un­teer ther­a­pists.

“This is an in­valu­able pro­gram,” said Sue Poandl, As­so­ciate Vice Pres­i­dent, 211 Mary­land United Way Helpline.

“Men­tal health is a ris­ing need among our call­ers as Mary­land res­i­dents con­tinue to cope with stress, un­cer­tainty, and loss dur­ing these un­prece­dented times. Know­ing that our call­ers now have ac­cess to a help­ful, li­censed ther­a­pist makes all the dif­fer­ence.”

WARMLine en­cour­ages those who are feel­ing anx­ious, de­pressed, or in need of some­one to talk to due to the cur­rent pan­demic or other is­sues to call 211 or dial 443-608-9182 di­rectly to be con­nected with a rep­re­sen­ta­tive who can pro­vide sup­port.

Avail­able week­days from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., WARMLine rep­re­sen­ta­tives will lis­ten to con­cerns and re­fer call­ers to any ad­di­tional re­sources they may need.

“By part­ner­ing with the United Way of Cen­tral Mary­land and the 211 Mary­land United Way Helpline, we are able to fur­ther in­crease our outreach to Mary­lan­ders im­pacted by the cur­rent pan­demic,” stated Amy Greens­felder, Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor, Pro Bono Coun­sel­ing Project.

“The grant from the Mary­land Com­mu­nity Health Re­sources Com­mis­sion al­lows us to pro­vide re­sources to ex­pand tele­health ser­vices, and fund­ing from United Way of Cen­tral Mary­land has al­lowed for the cre­ation of WARMLine with staff to pro­vide im­me­di­ate sup­port to those ex­pe­ri­enc­ing stress and anx­i­ety.”

211 pro­vides a vi­tal ser vice lever­aged by mil­lions of peo­ple across North Amer­ica. Ev­ery day, clients con­tact 211 to ac­cess free and con­fi­den­tial cri­sis and emer­gency coun­sel­ing; dis­as­ter as­sis­tance; food, health care and in­sur­ance as­sis­tance; hous­ing and util­ity pay­ment as­sis­tance; em­ploy­ment ser­vices; veter­ans ser­vices; child­care, fam­ily ser­vices and more.

For more in­for­ma­tion about 211 Mary­land United Way Helpline, or to do­nate to keep this vi­tal ser vice avail­able for cen­tral Mary­land’s neigh­bor­hoods, visit www. uwcm.org/211helplin­e.

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