News Release, St. Mary’s County Health Department

LEONARDTOWN, MD (July 31, 2020) – The St. Mary’s County Health Department, in partnership with Serenity Place, LLC, is offering free virtual support groups for healthcare workers, first responders, law enforcement, and public health professionals through the Fortify the Frontlines initiative. 

Fortify the Frontlines helps essential workers manage the cumulative stress they may be experiencing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Participants connect virtually in small groups with comrades who can understand the unique challenges of their role in these pandemic times. Groups will be guided by a trauma-trained behavioral health specialist. Virtual group sessions will be held weekly on Sunday evenings at 5:00 p.m., beginning August 9, 2020. 

To sign up for these free sessions or for more information, please contact Serenity Place at (301) 690-8004 or via email at:

“Our frontline workforce has stepped up to the challenge of COVID-19 and now it is our turn to support them,” said Dr. Meena Brewster, St. Mary’s County Health Officer. “The daily stress of this pandemic for months on end is extraordinary. When you’re on the frontlines, saving lives and protecting our community, it is so important to keep your mind sharp and your heart strong. This initiative fortifies our frontline heroes for the important work they need to continue in the months ahead.”

If you or someone you know is struggling to cope with stress, anxiety, isolation, or other behavioral health concerns related to the pandemic, visit: and click on the Mental Health, Substance Use & Crisis Support+ tab for more information on local telehealth support services.