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May Mental Health Awareness Month

MySupport EAP Webinar Series

May 3-25, 2021

*webinars are open to the JHU/ JHMI community*

About 1 in 5 Americans will experience a diagnosable mental disorder in any given year. Chances are, someone you care about has dealt with a mental health concern at some point. Join the mySupport Onsite Clinical Team for weekly webinar series in the month of May to raise awareness and promote the message of good mental health for all.


Week 1

Mental Health Awareness in the Workplace

Monday May 3 | 12:00 – 1:00 pm

You spend a lot of time at work with your colleagues. But what do you do when your co-worker is struggling or seems to have a mental health issue? You don’t have to be a trained therapist to make a difference. In this webinar you will learn:

• Mental health statistics in the workplace

· Tools to help someone with a mental health issue

· How to have hard conversations

· Ways to offer support

Presenter, Jennifer Alphonso MBA, MSW,LCSW-C is a clinician provided by mySupport Resources for Living. She is a nationally recognized expert and speaker on anger and stress management and conflict resolution. Ms Alfonso founded in 1997, an anger management program utilized by the Office of the State’s Attorney in Maryland.

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Anxiety Disorder and Mindfulness

Thursday, May 6 | 12:00 – 1:00pm

Anxiety disorders are common and treatable. This webinar will provide a brief overview of treatment options for anxiety disorders. We will then focus on the role of mindfulness, the ability to be aware and nonjudgmental of the present moment, in the treatment of anxiety disorders. We will engage in a brief guided mindfulness practice followed by a question-and-answer period.

Presenter, Neda Gould Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist and assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. She also serves as director of the Mindfulness Program at Johns Hopkins and associate director of the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center Anxiety Disorders Clinic.

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Week 2

Professional and Personal Perspectives on Depression

Tuesday May 11 | 12:00 – 1:00pm

Dr. Dan Hale will draw on his own struggles with depression, his work as a psychotherapist, and his experience as a father who lost a daughter to depression, to offer guidance for individuals and families impacted by depression.

Presenter, Dan Hale, Ph.D., is Special Advisor to the President of Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center and Director of the Healthy Community Partnership. He is also an Assistant Professor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He is the author of Depression: Out of the Darkness and into the Light.

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Week 3

What We Think and Say Matters: How Unconscious Stigma May Worsen our Mental Health

Wednesday May 19 | 3:00 – 4:00pm

Mental health stigma remains a barrier for the recognition and treatment of mental illness, including amongst health care providers and staff. Often due to this unconscious messaging, many are missing out on opportunities for relief. During this webinar we will discuss stigma, "burnout", and where the research stands.

Presenter, Julia Riddle, MD is currently an assistant in the department of psychiatry pursuing a postdoctoral fellowship in reproductive mental health at the Women's Mood Disorder Center at Johns Hopkins.

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Week 4

Mental Health Awareness and Ethnic Minority Clients

Tuesday May 25 | 12:00 – 1:00pm

Racial/ethnic, gender, and sexual minorities often suffer from poor mental health outcomes related to accessibility of high quality mental health care services, cultural stigma surrounding mental health care, discrimination, and overall lack of awareness about mental health. This multimedia webinar examines the mental health needs, concerns, rights, and responsibilities of ethnic minority clients.

Presenter, Norma Day-Vines, Ph.D., serves as Associate Dean for Faculty Development in the School of Education at Johns Hopkins University and maintains appointment as Professor of Counseling and Human Development.

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2021 AFSP MD Virtual Out of the Darkness Walk

Thank you JHU Team participants and donors for making this virtual event a success!

Weekend of Action: April 24 and 25

How to take action

Walk - Make a plan to walk on the 24th and/or 25th in your neighborhood, in a local park, or on your campus. Ask friends and family to join you (following CDC guidelines), make posters, wear and old Campus Walk shirt or get some AFSP gear from our store! Share videos and pictures by using #hopewalkshere #afspmaryland and tagging @afspmaryland.

Talk - Share your story, your "Why I Walk", with others and on social media using #hopewalkshere #afspmaryland and tagging @afspmaryland. Or reach out to a friend to talk about your/their mental health and have a #RealConvo. This is great example of short videos you easily could replicate:

Donate - Ask for donations as you walk that day. Share your donation page link (social media, email, text) or livestream! 80 cents of every dollar donated go to AFSP research grants, educational programs, advocacy efforts, and support suicide loss survivors.

*Remember: MD Virtual Out of the Darkness Walk Fundraising and Activity Tracker are active through 6/30/21*

For more information please go to the Out of the Darkness Walk page  or email JHSAP:


We know that suicide is an issue that impacts many of us, through our experiences with friends, loved ones, colleagues, or our own struggles. If you, or someone you know is struggling with suicidal thoughts, there is help:

Johns Hopkins Student Assistance Program (JHSAP): 443-287-7000, press 1

MySupport (Faculty and Staff Assistance): 443-997-7000, press 2

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255

Crisis Text Line: Text TALK to 741741​

For more information about AFSP, please go to: or