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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

Normalizing Mental Health

Normalizing Mental Health

Talking Mental Health with Young Adults in Telluride By: Corinne Cavender, Behavioral Health Operations Coordinator For many reasons, talking about mental health is still difficult in our society. Though major strides have been made to reduce stigma, many people, young and old, still struggle with the topic. It is either viewed as too cheesy with… Continue Reading

Suicide Prevention is Everyone’s Business

Suicide Prevention is Everyone’s Business

By Corinne Cavender, Behavioral Health Operations Coordinator Suicide prevention is everyone’s business. That’s why April’s Mental Health Matters KOTO show focused on the topic. With our mountain town mental health issues going mostly under the radar, we brought Robin Slater, LPC, LAC from the San Miguel Sheriff’s Office and Lindsay Wright, LMFT from Telluride Regional Medical Center in to talk to us about suicide and ideas on what… Continue Reading

Keeping Older Adults Living Comfortably at Home: Stories of Support from TCHNetwork

Keeping Older Adults Living Comfortably at Home: Stories of Support from TCHNetwork

By Ruthie Boyd, Marketing Coordinator VISTADoug and the In-Home Assessment Process When Tri-County Health Network received a call in 2019 from Donna, RN, about an older gentleman, Doug, who was experiencing some forgetfulness and isolation, the Palliative team jumped to action and conducted an in-home assessment.  For people like Doug, TCHNetwork conducts an in-home assessment to better understand the situation and the types of care… Continue Reading

“Our Community is Aging:” Palliative Program Volunteers

“Our Community is Aging:” Palliative Program Volunteers

By Ruthie Boyd, Marketing Coordinator VISTA“Jim has become part of my life, and it’s been great. Volunteering has been a wonderful experience, and I want to continue.”Ossie Mera is the Director of Housekeeping at Mountain Lodge and a volunteer for Tri-County Health Network’s Palliative Services program on the side. Volunteers in the Palliative program help residents in San Miguel… Continue Reading

Telluride Medical Center’s Integrated Health Model Combines Behavioral and Physical Health

Telluride Medical Center’s Integrated Health Model Combines Behavioral and Physical Health

By Corinne Cavender, Behavioral Health Operations Coordinator Last month, we highlighted Uncompahgre Medical Center’s integrated care model. For this month’s edition of Mental Health Matters on KOTO, we interviewed Lindsay Wright, LMFT from Telluride Regional Medical Center (TRMC) and learned that integrated health care is not exclusive to the west end of the county. TRMC… Continue Reading

Uncompahgre Medical Center: Innovative Behavioral Health Care an Asset to West End Residents

Uncompahgre Medical Center: Innovative Behavioral Health Care an Asset to West End Residents

By Corinne Cavender, Behavioral Health Operations Coordinator  Your wellbeing is more than physical health. It is a combination of a handful of factors, including your behavioral health. Our partners at the Uncompahgre Medical Center (UMC) are leading the movement of tackling “health” from more than just a physical lens. We recently had the pleasure of interviewing Shelley Fourney, MSW, LCSW from UMC to learn more… Continue Reading

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