The Anti-Stigma Project
a self-management and recovery system developed by a group of people
who had mental health difficulties and were struggling to incorporate
wellness tools and strategies into their lives.
While it may seem like an abstract concept, the consequences of stigmatizing attitudes and behaviors are quite tangible -- and destructive. Stigma affects every member of the mental health community, including consumers, family members, providers, administrators, and policy makers. The stigma within the mental health system damages therapeutic, professional, and personal relationships and creates barriers to providing and receiving competent and effective mental health treatment.
The Anti-Stigma Project was formed in 1993 by the Maryland Mental Hygiene Administration in collaboration with On Our Own of Maryland to reduce stigma within the mental health system. The mission of The Anti-Stigma project is to fight stigma by raising consciousness, facilitating ongoing dialogues, searching for creative solutions, and educating all participants within or connected to the mental health community, including consumers, family members, providers, educators, and administrators.
In the Studio with George
One of the most successful programs at On Our Own of Prince George’s County has been In the Studio with George. The program allows members
to express themselves creatively through recording their raps or poetry. Using various instrumentals and songs to record over, members are
able to showcase their talents. They experience a great deal of excitement hearing themselves. Some have even posted their music to their own
web pages. One of the main reasons for the programs success is that people love music. Another beautiful aspect of the program is that members
have collaborated on various tracks. The teamwork and the program creates a supportive and friendly environment. Members are complimentary
of one another and support each other to do their best.
Mindful meditation is the process of bringing one’s attention to the internal and external experiences occurring in the present moment. It is practiced
by sitting with eyes closed and in a comfortable position. Attention is put on the movement of the abdomen when breathing in and out.
Mindful meditation helps to lower stress, learn about your true self, can help with depression and improve sleep. On Our Own of Prince George’s
County Executive Director, George McElfatrick, leads these session. Please refer to the calendar on the home page for dates and times.
Learn how to use a computer at On Our Own of Prince George’s County! We have talented Computer Wizards to assist those individuals who
have behavioral health challenges to learn how to write an e‐mail, use Excel, PowerPoint, Word and social networking, create a resume, apply for
jobs, keep in touch with friends, and so much more! Classes are available upon request and by appointment. Please contact On Our Own of
Prince George’s County during business hours at (301) 699‐8939.
Members of On Our Own of Prince George’s County can enjoy field trips with their peers, such as sporting events, museums, bowling, On Our
Own of Maryland Annual Conference, movies, golf, the aquarium and the zoo, among other fun outings!
Dogs are known to help boost moods, keep you active, relieve stress, and help people be more social. On Our Own of Prince George’s County has
a fleet of furry friends that come in from time to time who are ready to play and cuddle. After all, who doesn’t love a game of fetch?
|Hours of Operation
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm: Wednesday, Thursday & Friday
11:00 am – 4:00 pm: Saturday
||On Our Own of Prince George's County
10007 Rhode Island Ave
College Park Maryland 20740
Office: (301) 699-8939