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Published on October 25, 2007

Potomac Ridge Behavioral Health Sponsors 4th National Active Minds' Conference to Raise Awareness of Mental Health Among College Students

Rockville, MD - Potomac Ridge Behavioral Health is again proud to sponsor the 4th National Active Minds' Mental Health on Campus Conference, which helps shed light on the need for mental health resources and education geared toward college students. The conference, which brings together college student advocates, mental health experts, health-care policy makers and mental health organizations, will be held at The Georgetown University Law Center from October 26-27, 2007.

Active Minds is the only national organization whose mission is to raise awareness of the importance of mental health among adolescents and young adults through student-run advocacy efforts. With the dedication of college students at various campuses, Active Minds has created a network of campus-based resources for students who are seeking information about mental health or resources for seeking help. To date, there are more than 80 student-run Active Minds chapters throughout the Unites States and Canada.

"In today's society, adolescents and young adults between the ages of 18 and 21 years are faced with unique mental health challenges," said Sako Maki, leader of Adventist HealthCare Behavioral Services and President of Potomac Ridge Behavioral Health. " This group has outgrown adolescent care and yet their needs are not adequately met by the services and programs offered to adults. Additionally, their mental health may often be ignored or left untreated because they are in a transitional stage where parental guidance and support, particularly as it relates to mental healthcare, may not be available. We must do more to reach out to this potentially vulnerable group and connect them with the people and mental health resources that are available."

Potomac Ridge Behavioral Health, part of Adventist HealthCare's Behavioral Services, is the largest provider of mental health services in the region. For more than 25 years, the organization has served as a resource to mentally ill adolescents and young adults in the community by offering acute services, chemical dependency and residential treatment programs, and outpatient services.

"The Active Minds conference is a collaborative effort, and we are pleased to partner with an organization such as Potomac Ridge Behavioral Health, which truly embraces our mission to educate college students about the importance of positive mental health, " said Alison Malmon, Founder and Executive Director, Active Minds, Inc.

The conference will explore a range of topics including mental health in minority communities, best practices for Active Minds chapters and how to work with college administrations. Yvonne Brock, director of outpatient services at Potomac Ridge Behavioral Health, is scheduled to present a workshop that discusses the affect of drugs and alcohol on adolescents and young adults with mental disorders. The conference begins at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, October 26 and continues until 6:00 p.m., followed by a reception and dinner at 6:30 p.m. Workshops on October 27 begin at 8:30 a.m. and continue until 6:30 p.m.

For more information about Active Minds or to register for the conference, please contact Alison Malmon at 202-719-1177 or amalmon@activeminds.org.

About Adventist HealthCare's Behavioral Services

Adventist HealthCare's Behavioral Services include Potomac Ridge Behavioral Health, Washington Adventist Hospital's Behavioral Health Unit and the Reginald S. Lourie Center for Infants and Young Children. One of the largest providers of mental health services in Maryland, Adventist HealthCare's Behavioral Services offer a broad range of programs and treatment options for children, adolescents and seniors including acute behavioral care, outpatient chemical dependency programs, residential treatment, education programs and community-based services. Adventist HealthCare's Behavioral Services employ more than 900 people at its locations in Anne Arundel and Montgomery counties and the Eastern Shore.

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