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Mental Health Awareness Months and Beyond

Mental Health Awareness Months and Beyond

By Dani Portnoy, Behavioral Health and Marketing Intern

May is “Mental Health Awareness Month” and July is “BIPOC Mental Health Month,” and many companies, organizations, and individuals focus on what they can do to help. These two months are committed to supporting those who are affected by mental health challenges, uplifting voices in the community, and providing programs for all. It is essential that we recognize these occasions, and we must take what we learned during these months and apply them to the entire year. 

Mental health affects everyone. While the widespread observance of these months is incredible, mental health does not end when the month is over. Talking about mental health is not a trend. For many, mental health is at the forefront of their lives for the entire year. After these months pass, we need to ensure that awareness and progress don’t stop. We must keep ourselves, mental health allies, and workplaces accountable throughout the entire year to make sure our efforts are not performative. Those affected have urged others to remain accountable, like in articles titled “Dear Mental Health Allies: Our Awareness Month ‘Ended.’ Did You Forget About Us?” and “What to Keep in Mind as Mental Health Awareness Month Ends.” It’s on us to make sure that our efforts are both genuine and long-lasting.

Tri-County Health Network is consistently dedicated to spreading awareness and helping individuals with mental health challenges. All year long we provide resources for affordable therapy, work toward linguistic and cultural inclusivity and provide classes on SafeTALK and mental health first aid. In addition, we are committed to addressing social determinants of health to improve the mental health of our community. We also redouble our efforts to raise awareness about mental health during these two months. During May, TCHN team members worked with the surrounding counties to pass proclamations that recognized Mental Health Awareness Month. We also held a community resource fair that highlighted opportunities for community members to continue to #StopTheStigma. During July, we worked to confront implicit bias in our community and uplifted BIPOC voices. 

By prioritizing and recognizing mental health all year long, we can shift the perspective on what mental health months can do. Instead of just a month when many start and end their efforts, it can be a time to celebrate our work and progress from the year. Let’s work together to focus on mental health all 365 days of the year!

BIPOC Mental Health Month

BIPOC Mental Health Month

By: Corinne Cavender, Behavioral Health Operations Coordinator I’ve been writing about mental health for a while now. I’ve been an advocate in the field since I can remember. However, I can honestly say the interview we did for this month’s Mental Health Matters KOTO Access show changed my outlook on the topic for the better,… Continue Reading

Diabetic Retinopathy

Why is controlling your blood sugar so important?  Diabetes left untreated can lead to adverse skin conditions, nerve damage in the extremities and organs, kidney disease, heart disease, depression, and eye problems leading to vision loss. The longer a person has diabetes (especially uncontrolled), the more likely it is that small blood vessels throughout the… Continue Reading

Community Health Workers Provide Wellness Screenings to Local Businesses

When was the last time you received a wellness screening? Tri-County Health Network offers free wellness screenings for residents and employees in San Miguel, Ouray, Montrose, and Delta counties. Our Community Health Workers (CHWs) will give you a small prick in your finger and ask a few questions regarding your health history and diet. Part… Continue Reading

Tri-County Health Network Expanding Award Winning Multicultural Advocacy Programming

Earlier this year, the Colorado Nonprofit Association awarded TCHNetwork with the 2019 Inclusiveness and Racial Equity Award at the Colorado Nonprofit Week Awards Luncheon. This prize is sponsored by the Denver Foundation and recognizes organizations working to engage community members in their health equity work and make racial equity a critical component of their programs… Continue Reading

Adult Teletherapy Services

In a region with a severe shortage of behavioral health specialists — only one mental health provider for every 6,000 individuals — and a staggering one psychiatrist for every 20,000 individuals — there is a significant need to increase access to behavioral health services in our region. Teletherapy helps to fill that void. Teletherapy utilizes videoconferencing communication technology… Continue Reading

Cooking Matters

Cooking Matters is a 6-week evidence-based course that teaches participants how to eat and cook healthy meals while on a budget. Participants cook and eat in class together, take groceries home to make the recipe on their own, are given kitchen essentials throughout the course, and learn how to compare prices, read labels, and much… Continue Reading

September is Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month!

TCHNetwork has five important events coming up for Suicide Prevention Month. We will collaborate and engage our community members to spread awareness and hope, end the stigma, educate each other on suicide, and raise money for suicide prevention, research, education, advocacy, and support.  To begin, during the week of September 15th, 2019, we are holding free safeTALK suicide prevention… Continue Reading

Immigration and Health

What does immigration have to do with health? What does health have to do with immigration? The more you know about how these two systems relate, the more you realize the answer is everything. Immigration policy IS healthcare policy.Health insurance, through the marketplace or government benefit programs (e.g. Medicaid and Medicare) is not available to… Continue Reading

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