Behavioral Health Champion 2014

Behavioral Health Champion 2014 For his legislative support of the behavioral health community, State Senator Larry Crowder received the 2014 Community Behavioral Health Champion award in Alamosa on Monday. San Luis Valley Behavioral Health Group CEO Fernando Martinez and Colorado Behavioral Healthcare Council Associate Director of Policy and Government Affairs Frank Cornelia presented the award [...]

Mind your Matters – Mental Health Companion

Mind your Matters - Mental Health Companion Most years, we’ll have spring for a few days; the trees at the Alamosa Senior Center will be covered with white blossoms, the bushes beginning to show growth of green leaves. Then, in the middle of May, there’ll be snow on the not-quite-yet lawn in the parks and [...]

Hope Week – Homelessness

Hope Week – Homelessness Homelessness is a devastating experience that significantly impacts the health and well-being of adults and children. Every year hundreds of thousands of American families become homeless. Homelessness is most often caused by the combined effects of lack of affordable housing, unemployment, limited access to resources and supports, health and mental health [...]

Mind Your Matters – From Paulson’s loss came gift to others

Mind your Matters A death in our community impacts many more people than those who were “close to” the deceased. In turn, a suicide in our community rocks the foundation of our close-knit towns and support systems. People who barely knew the victim or saw them at the store wonder if there was something they [...]

Mind Your Matters – Kids nowadays…

Mind your Matters Kids nowadays are a lot smarter than they were when I was growing up. For that matter, kids nowadays are growing up a lot sooner than my friends and I did. The window of childhood has dwindled to just that short time between exiting the toddler years and striding into third or [...]

Mind Your Matters – First Aid and Band-Aids

Mind your Matters - First Aid and Band-Aids When you’re learning to roller skate, it’s almost always a good idea to wear jeans instead of shorts or skirts. It was a lesson I learned the hard way, and frequently forgot as apparent in numerous black and white photographs where my knees were exposed (yes, I’m [...]

We Changed our Name -Mind your Matters

Mind your Matters We Changed our Name We are living in exciting times. The Affordable Care Act has made physical and behavioral healthcare a reality for many members of our community who were previously uninsured or underinsured. That is quite a feat! We hope more people are is reaching out to access the care they [...]

Anyway… from the Mind your Matters Series

Mind your Matters Anyway… I read the Paradoxical Commandments written by Kent M. Keith a few months ago. It starts out with: People are often unreasonable, illogical and self-centered; Love them anyway. If you do good, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives; Do good anyway. Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable. Be honest [...]

My Hero of Hope

My Hero of Hope Nine years ago, my younger brother learned he had Multiple Sclerosis.  In a family nearly oblivious to disease other than measles, chicken pox or mumps and an occasional cold, the announcement was stunning.  As we’ve aged, my brothers, sisters and I have not evolved into couch potatoes but neither are we [...]

Who is your Hero of Hope?

Who is your Hero of Hope? My Heroes of Hope I am not much of a “hero” worshipper.  I used to think Wonder Woman was okay (awesome lasso of truth, but didn’t understand her costume) but, really, I liked the Care Bears and My Little Pony.  Not too much heroism in those shows.  However, as [...]