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ESSAY: Don’t Let Anxiety Get the Best of You

March 30, 2020 Posted By: The Pagosa Daily Post Author: Vincent Atchity If you’ve ever doubted that mental health and physical health are closely related, you’re probably not so doubtful anymore. As we learn about more cases of COVID-19 and all the measures that are being taken all over the world, you may find yourself growing increasingly anxious. Our mental health and physical health are not two separate things. Some anxiety is normal, especially in times like these. But we need to be careful not to let our anxiety get the better of us. Our anxiety has ...

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Algún tipo de héroe 

Durante los ultimos días, he revisado libros viejos de anecdotas similares a lo que estamos viviendo actualmente.   Lo que es obvio en estas historias – igual a nuestras propias experiencias – es que en el contexto de una pandemia, nuestra supervivencia y bienestar pide un heroísmo diferente. En vez del típico héroe, la mayoría de los héroes que necesitamos para vencer a la pandemia es un ideal equipo colectivo, que se queda adentro, practica la paciencia, y provee apoyo y ánimo desde la distancia, y valientemente lucha en c...

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Lo opuesto del distanciamiento social…  

Como ya bien sabemos, una prevención eficaz de enfermedades demanda que paremos de reunirnos en multitudes, que trabajemos y estudiemos a distancia (si es posible), y de crear espacio para preservar nuestra salud entre nosotros y otros. La expectativa es que esta distancia física pare el virus de difundirse tan rápido.   Entonces, ¡si por favor al distanciamiento físico! ¿Pero al distanciamiento social?   No sé por qué decidimos en esta frase tan rápido, pero el distanciamiento social es exactamente lo opuesto a lo que necesitamos ...

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Declaracion – COVID-19

El Presidente y CEO de Mental Health Colorado, Vincent Atchity, emitió la siguiente declaración: Si alguna vez ha dudado de que la salud mental y la salud física están relacionadas, ¡seguramente ya no debe haber duda! Al aprender de los casos adicionales de Covid-19 y de todas las medidas que se están tomando por todo el mundo, es posible que se sienta más ansioso. Nuestra salud mental y salud física no son distintas. Alguna ansiedad es normal, especialmente en momentos como este. Pero necesitamos tener cuidado en no dejar que nuestra ansiedad nos supere. ...

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Recognizing Suicide Warning Signs

In any given year, roughly 600 Coloradans can be expected to die by suicide. This makes suicide the 9th leading cause of death in our state. There is typically no single cause, but there are signs you can look out for that shouldn’t be ignored. Suicide is preventable. It’s important to know what to do. Warning signs: Adults Prolonged depression (sadness or irritability) Any unusual changes in behavior – acting anxious or agitated; behaving recklessly Emotional distance – social withdrawal, isolation from family and friends Giving away ...

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Shy? Or Social Anxiety?

The views and opinions expressed in following story are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Mental Health Colorado. By: Ally Zehring I suffer from anxiety and depression. What I don't talk about often is the kind of anxieties I stress about. I feel what I suffer from the most with my anxiety is definitely my social anxiety and how much it really does impact my entire life. For the first year in preschool I would never talk...at least not to adults. My friends would help me explain what I was talking about for me. And I don't think ...

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LIVESTREAM: 2020 Suicide Prevention Day at the Capitol

State Capitol Days bring together passionate volunteers to advocate for state policy changes that will improve mental health and help prevent suicide. On Wednesday, February 26th, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Colorado Chapter will join together with Mental Health Colorado, Suicide Prevention Coalition of Colorado (SPCC), and National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Colorado to present the 2nd Annual Suicide Prevention Day at the Capitol. What you can expect: • Training session on the basics of an effective advocacy visit and current policy ...

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Mentes más saludables durante la vida

En cada momento durante nuestras vidas, una mente saludable gana en comparación con la alternativa. Un comienzo sólido para niños recoge un camino largo, pero durante cualquier fase de la vida, necesitamos apoyos para estar bien. Y el bienestar mental debe ser el normal a medida que envejecemos. Mental Health Colorado es su voz en creando mentes más saludables durante la vida. Hemos creado una plataforma de proyectos de ley bipartidistas que nos dirigen en una dirección mejor. Llegamos casi un mes a la sesión legislativa del 2020. Envié esta alerta de ...

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Youth Voices For Mental Health

Mental Health Colorado is the state’s leading advocate in promoting mental wellness, ending shame and fear surrounding mental health, and ensuring access to mental health and substance use care. Mental Health Colorado believes young people’s voices matter, especially when it comes to mental health. We want your students to be a part of a video project we are putting together to be shown at our 2020 Legislative Education and Advocacy Day. We’re asking Coloradans under 21 to answer the question, “Why does mental health matter to you?” Participants will ...

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Amber’s Story

The views and opinions expressed in following story are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Mental Health Colorado. Written Submission: Hi, I am Amber and I am a recovering addict with over six years clean and I have been diagnosed at Bipolar II, PTSD and OCD. My first stay in the mental hospital was in 1995 and my last stay was in 2003. In those eight years I was probably hospitalized 20 times. In 2003 I got on the right combination of medications. I have only been clean for six years even though I have been trying to get clean ...

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