Monday, August 31, 2015
Main Number: 410-996-5550
Public Health Emergencies: 410-392-2008



Mental Health or Substance Abuse Crisis?
Depressed? Feeling hopeless?
Don't know who to call?
For information, referral or crisis assistance with 
a substance abuse or mental health issue, call 
Eastern Shore Crisis Resource Helpline

Recovery Walk 2015
Join us on Saturday, September 26, 2015 at 10AM for the annual Cecil County 5K Twelve Step Recovery Walk! This event is free and open to the public - no pre-registration required. Meet at the front of the Cecil County Circuit Court. Click here for details.
Walk to Fight Suicide
Join us for the Cecil County, Maryland Out of the Darkness Walk to Fight Suicide on September 12, 2015 at 10AM. Click here for details.
Tell Us What You Think About Cecil County
Please take about fifteen minutes to complete Cecil County's Community Health Survey, developed by the Health Department and Union Hospital. The survey is for adults ages 18 and older who live in Cecil County. The purpose of this survey is to get your opinion on health issues in the community.  Your opinion will help community leaders prioritize and better respond to the health concerns we face. Click here to take the survey. The survey will be available online from July through September of 2015. You will be asked 20 questions related to demographics, community health, quality of life and access to health care. Your responses are anonymous and confidential.  Thanks very much for helping to make Cecil County a healthier place to live, work and play. Use this flyer to tell your friends about the survey.
The Cecil County Maryland Strategic Prevention Framework (MSPF) Community Coalition wants to hear your opinion about how easily alcohol is available to Cecil County youth between the ages of 12 and 20.  To that end, MSPF encourages all Cecil County residents age 18 and over to complete a 5-10 minute on-line Youth Access to Alcohol survey.  Survey results will be used to measure current youth and adult perceptions regarding underage access to alcohol in the community and may help garner future funding to reduce youth access to alcohol. Click here to take the brief survey.

MSPF oversees the distribution and administration of grants to local law enforcement agencies, the Cecil County Liquor Control Board, and outdoor advertising agencies to implement environmental and enforcement strategies that target the prevention of youth underage drinking.
Stay Safe in Hot Weather
Getting too hot can make you sick. You can become ill from the heat if your body can't compensate for it and properly cool you off. Heat exposure can even kill you: it caused 7,233 heat-related deaths in the United States from 1999 to 2009.

Here are some facts about which people are at greatest risk for heat-related illness and what protective actions to take to prevent illness or death:

  • People who are at highest risk are the elderly, the very young, and people with chronic diseases or mental illness.
  • But even young and healthy people can get sick from the heat if they participate in strenuous physical activities during hot weather.
  • Air-conditioning is the number one protective factor against heat-related illness and death. If a home is not air-conditioned, people can reduce their risk for heat-related illness by spending time in public facilities that are air-conditioned.

Read more here

Stop Lyme Disease in its Tracks
Reducing exposure to ticks is the best defense against Lyme disease and other tick borne infections. There are several steps you and your family can take to prevent and control Lyme disease.

While it is a good idea to take preventive measures against ticks year-round, be extra vigilant in warmer months (April-September) when ticks are most active.

Avoid Direct Contact with Ticks

  • Avoid wooded and bushy areas with high grass and leaf litter.
  • Walk in the center of trails.
Repel Ticks with DEET
Find and Remove Ticks from Your Body

What you should know about Lyme Disease. 

Don't Let a Tick Make you Sick: Lyme Disease information for children.

Need help with Tick Identification? Contact the Department of Agriculture

Maryland 2-1-1. Help Happens Here
Need help? Don't know who to call? Call 2-1-1.

2-1-1 provides information and referrals on a variety of health and human service issues with one easy call, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Get Help: Dial 2-1-1


Interpreting services are available free of charge to all clients receiving Cecil County Health Department services.

Se ofrecen servicios de intérpretes gratuitos a todos los clientes que reciban servicios del Departamento de Salud del Condado de Cecil. En Español 410-996-5550 Extension 4680

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