January 2015
In This Issue
Make a Resolution for Mental and Emotional Health in 2015
Reindeer Round-Up Brings Big Smiles
Progress Update on New Children and Adolescents Center
Video from Arundel Lodge's 2014 Talent Show
Reminder! Food Coupon Drive
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Special Events

"Come in from the Cold: A Selection of Works by the Artists of Arundel Lodge"

Jan. 7-18 

At the Holley Gallery in the 

Circle Gallery, Maryland Federation of Art, 18 State 

Circle in Annapolis.

Opening reception 
Sun., Jan. 11
 3 to 5 p.m.



"Reflections of a Community" Art Show

On display through Fri., Jan. 9.

At Arundel Lodge.



 "Figuratively Speaking"

Jan. 10-30

At Art Enables,

2204 Rhode Island Ave NE in Washington, D.C.

Come see new artwork from Colin Lacey and Hebron Chism. 

Opening reception 

Sat., Jan. 10

1 to 4 p.m.

 Monthly Meetings 

and Groups

 NAMI Family Support Group

Thurs., Jan. 8 

7 to 8:30 p.m.
At Arundel Lodge. 
For more information, email NAMI Anne Arundel.

Open Eye Gallery Committee Meeting 
Fri., Jan. 9
11 a.m. 
At Arundel Lodge.
Held on the first Friday of each month. All are welcome. Email Katerina Evans
 or call her at (443) 433-5961 with any questions. 

 Lodge Links 

Mental Health Links

NAMI Anne Arundel County 


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Free Quitline to Stop Smoking

Happy New Year!

2014 was a banner year for Arundel Lodge, mainly due to the generosity of our donors and volunteers who recognize the importance of a thriving community behavioral health center that provides quality support for those in need. It is because of these individuals that Arundel Lodge can continue to put people first. 

May 2015 bring even more of our community members together to break down walls, combat stigma, and join us all in the critical mission to partner with individuals and families to improve their behavioral health through recovery-oriented services.

Make a Resolution for Mental and Emotional Health in 2015

woman_reading.jpg This January, many people are making New Year's resolutions to work out at the gym more often, to eat more fruits and vegetables, or to kick habits like smoking.


But what about taking care of your mental and emotional health? These are also vital to your overall wellness, and they're often closely connected with physical health.


Below are a few tips for maintaining your mental and emotional health, as well as ideas for possible resolutions.


  • Practice positive thinking.

Thinking positively might be as simple as focusing on something you feel grateful for, celebrating small accomplishments in your work or personal life, or thinking about one of your traits you feel proud of.


Create a "Rememberlutions" jar! It's easy to forget the good stuff in our lives, and this project is simple. It suggests writing positive memories and milestones on small slips of paper throughout the year, and filling a glass jar with them so they can be re-read at year's end. Keep the jar in a visible location, like your kitchen, for easy access. Check it out!


Optimism and experiencing positive emotions can have cognitive, psychological, physical, and social benefits over time, according to various research studies.
  • Work toward resilience in the face of setbacks.

Having good emotional and mental health doesn't necessarily mean being happy all the time. When life presents you with difficult circumstances, it makes a big difference how you respond to them. If you need to, speak with a therapist or counselor about your feelings. Work to overcome setbacks and heal from painful events while remembering that you're human and it's natural to feel grief, frustration, anger, or sadness at times.

  • Reach out to friends or family, especially if you feel isolated or alone.

People who have strong social connections are more likely to have good mental health and a lower risk of death, according to several studies such as this one. Consider calling a friend, volunteering with a local nonprofit, attending a community event, or spending time with family members. These interpersonal connections are especially important if you are dealing with depression or other mental health issues.

  • Find healthy ways to deal with stress and anxiety.

If you feel overwhelmed by stress at times, seek out ways of coping that are positive. Healthy coping strategies might include exercising, going for a relaxing walk, listening to your favorite music, cooking a tasty meal, or practicing meditation. Find out what works for you and then make time for these stress-relief activities.

  • Don't forget to laugh!

The Mayo Clinic says that "laughing does you good." It serves to stimulate many organs, activate and relieve your stress response, soothe tension, improve your immune system, increase personal satisfaction, improve your mood, and even relieve pain. So watch a funny movie or take in a comedy show!


To learn more, take a look at TIME magazine's recent article with advice from psychologist Guy Winch about how to improve your mental health and why it's so important.


Visit Arundel Lodge on Facebook or Twitter
to share your own mental health resolution for 2015!


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Reindeer Round-Up Brings Big Smiles


Residents and Day Program participants wore big smiles at our Reindeer Round-Up Holiday Party on December 22.


Volunteer Coordinator Cindy Garmoe rounds up the team!

Arundel Lodge "elves" (a.k.a. donors and volunteers) brought tasty treats and distributed coats, gloves, scarves, jeans, art supplies, gift cards, and more to joyful recipients.


"No one should be without a gift during the holiday season," said Volunteer Coordinator Cindy Garmoe, who rounded up the volunteer team. 


Bringing joy to others is what makes the season special, and Arundel Lodge has been blessed with a great group of people whose joy it is to give to others.


One resident, who received two sweatsuits, three country music CDs, and a bath and body spray, said they were the nicest gifts she'd ever received.


Thank you to Cindy Garmoe and all of the individuals she worked with to make this holiday season a real season of joy.

Doug and Shanta are grateful and put their holiday gifts under their Christmas tree. 
Lois proudly shows off her new coat and scarf with William by her side!

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Update on the Children and Adolescents Center


Recently, Tim and Cindy O'Neill joined our list of "Champions!" They have provided a very generous contribution through the Saltworks Fund of the William J. and Dorothy K. O'Neill Foundation, saying, "We are happy to support Arundel Lodge's Children and Adolescents Behavioral Health Center. The Center will provide an important community access point for vital services."


A big thank-you also to Lydia Morrow, who is one of our new "Superheroes!" 


To date, we have raised $48,300 toward Beverly and Stephen Marcus's $50,000 gift match challenge.


In recent weeks Arundel Lodge began construction on the Center. Check out the progress we've made so far!












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Arundel Lodge Talent Show 2014

Once a year, Arundel Lodge residents get to strut their stuff and share their talents with the rest of us at our annual talent show. We hosted our most recent show in December 2014 and enjoyed some great performances. There was singing, guitar and piano playing, and lots of dancing too.


This event brings great joy to friends, family members, staff, and of course, the residents themselves.



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Reminder! Food Coupon Drive


The staff members of our Residential Program help Arundel Lodge residents make healthy choices about food and exercise, including assisting with budgeting for grocery expenses and planning meals.


Coupons are a great way to help our residents budget and purchase fresh, nutritious foods. If you would like to help support healthy food for our residents, please email Edra Oliver or mail your coupons to 2600 Solomons Island Rd Edgewater, MD, 21037, ATTN: Edra Oliver.


Thank you!


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