This year Tri-County Health Network is raising funds to expand mental health services in the Telluride area. TCHNetwork already conducts free Mental Health First Aid classes and teletherapy in local schools, but in the coming year, we plan to offer new programming through the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). This will include community-based classes with extensive curricula to help those experiencing a mental health issue (or persons playing a supportive role) as well as public events for discussions and presentations on mental health topics. By increasing the variety and frequency of programming related to mental health, we hope to provide practical skills that people can use to navigate mental health crises, improve connectivity to appropriate resources, and reduce stigma through education and heightened awareness. Follow our “12 Days of Mental Wellness” starting on Dec. 3rd to learn more about current mental health and current services and resources!


12 Days of Mental Wellness

Day 1 | Sunday, December 3

On the First Day of Mental Wellness
Hope for change came to me
– A Behavioral Health Resource Guide
Updated quarterly, this comprehensive guide is meant to be a resource for anyone who is seeking behavioral health services in Delta, San Miguel, Ouray and Montrose Counties. The creation and maintenance of the guide was funded through Denver Foundation Colorado Health Access Fund. An Interactive Behavioral Health Resource Guide will be available on the Tri-County Health Network website on December 15, 2017.

Day 2 | Monday, December 4

On the Second Day of Mental Wellness
Hope for change came to me
– Two Types of Mental Health First Aid Classes
TCHNetwork provides free training to community members in Mental Health First Aid, both Adult and Youth courses. The course provides community members with the tools to assist individuals who may be developing a mental health disorder or are in crisis get the help that they need. Trainings are offered periodically in our region. If you would like to attend a training or are interested in hosting a training at your worksite, please contact Tri-County Health Network at 970-708-7096.

Day 3 | Tuesday, December 5

On the Third Day of Mental Wellness
Hope for change came to me
-Three Schools with Tele-therapy
TCHNetwork has responded to the shortage of mental health professionals in area schools by developing a teletherapy platform in local schools to deliver services to students through video conferencing technology. This program allows students to access services from a wider range of behavioral health providers to support their social and emotional development. This program is currently in the Telluride School District (970-728-4377), the Norwood School District (970-327-4336) and the West End School District (Nucla and Naturita) (970-864-7350).

Day 4 | Wednesday, December 6

On the Fourth Day of Mental Wellness
Hope for change came to me
-Four Signs of Substance Abuse
1. Dependence on a substance
2. Abuse of a substance that leads to problems at work, school, home, with the law, or with the person’s health
3. A lot of time spent acquiring the substance, using it, or recovering from its effects
4. A person gives up or reduces important social, occupational, or recreational activities because of the substance abuse 

Day 5 | Thursday, December 7

On the Fifth Day of Mental Wellness
Hope for change came to me
– Five Action steps:
1. A ssess for risk of suicide or harm
2. L isten nonjudgmentally
3. G ive reassurance and information
4. E ncourage appropriate professional help
5. E ncourage self-help and other support strategies

Day 6 | Friday, December 8

On the Sixth Day of Mental Wellness
Hope for change came to me
– Six Crisis Hotlines

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-TALK (8255)
Colorado Crisis Services: 844-493-8255 or Text “Talk” to 38255
Crisis Text Line Text “HOME” to 741741
San Miguel Resource Center: 1.844.816.3915
Veteran Crisis Text Line: 1-800-273-8255 or Text 838255
Trevor Project Crisis Line (LGBTQ Youth): 866-488-7386 or Text  “Trevor” to 1-202-304-1200

Day 7 | Saturday, December 9

On the Seventh Day of Mental Wellness
Hope for change came to me
– Seven Partner Clinics

Day 8 | Sunday, December 10

On the Eighth Day of Mental Wellness
Hope for change came to me
– Eight signs of anxiety:
Persistent worrying or anxiety about a number of areas that are out of proportion to the impact of the events
Overthinking plans and solutions to all possible worst-case outcomes
Perceiving situations and events as threatening, even when they aren’t
Difficulty handling uncertainty
Indecisiveness and fear of making the wrong decision
Inability to set aside or let go of a worry
Inability to relax, feeling restless, and feeling keyed up or on edge
Difficulty concentrating, or the feeling that your mind “goes blank”