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Suicide During a Pandemic

Suicide During a Pandemic

Written by Paul Reich, Behavioral Health Program ManagerWhile headlines across the United States focus on the loss of life due to COVID-19, it is important to recognize that September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, and September 6th to the 12th is Suicide Prevention Week.  In 2018, over 48,000 Americans died by suicide, including almost 1,300… Continue Reading

Suicide – Hope, Resilience, and Recovery

Suicide – Hope, Resilience, and Recovery

Written by Paul Reich, Behavioral Health Program ManagerTraditional religions, including Christianity, Judaism, and Islam, have long viewed suicide as a sin against God.   The Catholic Church used to forbid a funeral mass or burial in a Catholic cemetery, considering suicide a mortal sin.  Until quite recently, suicide was illegal in some Western European countries, with… Continue Reading

#StopSuicide -> Utilize Local Mental Health Resources

#StopSuicide -> Utilize Local Mental Health Resources

Written by Sami Damsky, Behavioral Health Outreach Coordinator Education and PreventionSuicide prevention begins with education. While I do not expect everyone in our community to know everything about suicide, I DO want everyone to know about local resources and where to go for support. So often in our rural mountain community, we hear how we… Continue Reading

Watch Your Mouth! How Your Words Can Add to Stigma

Watch Your Mouth! How Your Words Can Add to Stigma

Written by Corinne Cavender, Behavioral Health Operations Coordinator When someone is diagnosed with cancer, we don’t call her a cancer. We use positive descriptors like “strong”, “brave”, and even “hero”. When someone breaks his leg, we encourage medical attention and ample time to heal. So, why am I not strong, brave, or someone’s hero because… Continue Reading

SKIPPY Dental Is Coming Soon!

SKIPPY Dental Is Coming Soon!

By Gina Gurreri, Community Programs Development Supervisor Back-to-school time is often a time to check up on your child’s needs. Do they need a new backpack or new shoes? Do they need a physical for sports or immunizations? Do they have the school supplies and books they’ll need for classes?What about their oral health needs?Tooth… Continue Reading

Be Proactive About Back to School Stress

Be Proactive About Back to School Stress

By Julia Johnson, School-Based Programs CoordinatorAs summer comes to an end, students and school staff start to get ready to go back to school. Transitions are not always easy, and this time there is a lot of stress from uncertainty about what school and even the future looks like.“Chronic stress decreases memory and cognitive flexibility,… Continue Reading

School Lunches That Rock!

School Lunches That Rock!

By Ruth Homan, Community Health WorkerWith back-to-school quickly approaching and new lunch rules being implemented, here are some tips for packing fun and nutritious lunches.  Let’s feed those brains and growing bodies with great meals on the go that are just as fun as leaving campus! Packed Lunch Planning and PrepA great way to get… Continue Reading

Masking Up to Connect with our Communities at the Farmer’s Market

Masking Up to Connect with our Communities at the Farmer’s Market

By Ruthie Boyd, Public Health Marketing Coordinator VISTA Every Friday at the intersection of Oak and Pacific, the Telluride Farmer’s Market turns this usually quiet street into a bustling hub of community activity.On Wednesdays at Heritage Plaza in Mountain Village, Market on the Plaza brings together vendors, artisans, visitors, and the local community to share… Continue Reading

Quarantine 15

Quarantine 15

By Ruth Homan, Telluride Community Health WorkerBy now, many of us have experienced to a certain degree the ill effects of social distancing for multiple weeks.  For most people, a few days of forced social isolation can be an opportunity to be more introspective or partake in self-care which can invoke positive responses in the… Continue Reading

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