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April 2019
How to Push Back When the Stress in Life Pushes you Down 
Sometimes life gets overwhelming - your job is demanding, kids are sick, money is tight, you are arguing with a friend or family member - and you've hit your max. It can feel as if life keeps pushing you down. So now the question becomes, how do you push back?

The ways we manage our stress and get through difficult times can vary from person to person. While each person finds their own way of coping with things, it's important to be aware that some means are healthy and others can be self-defeating.

Tactics such as denial, ignoring feelings, excessive alcohol or drug use, or even excessive working or exercising may offer temporary relief from life's challenges, but long-term health and stress management is found by using healthier ways to cope.

To find a healthier approach, start with some basic questions: What causes you to feel stress? What makes you happy? Once you've identified a handful of answers for each of those questions, healthier coping skills will start to become more apparent.


Get Ready for Mental Health Month in May!

One in five people will experience a mental health or substance use disorder in a given year. Untreated, these disorders can affect a person's ability to hold a job, care for a family, or have hope that things will get better. Yet, less than half of people with a diagnosable mental illness will seek treatment, either because of the stigma associated with mental illness or because they don't know where to turn.

That is why your support of Mental Health Month is so important. Together, we will  increase awareness and reduce the stigma often associated with mental health and substance use disorders. 

Check out some ways to get involved during May below, and visit our website for additional ways to show your support.

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Raise Awareness in your Circles! 
Wear a green ribbon to show your support for all who are affected by mental health and substance use disorders. 

Pick up your ribbons at any Jefferson Center office location , along with an informational postcard to learn more about mental health.



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Psst - are you a Mental Health First Aider yet ?
What better time than Mental Health Month to become a certified Mental Health First Aider? 

Do you want to learn how to help when someone you know is in crisis? 

Join the more than 1 million Americans who have taken the first step to stomp out stigma in their own communities with Mental Health First Aid. You'll learn how to identify the signs and symptoms of a range of mental health and substance use disorders, and will build the skills and confidence to help
 someone in crisis.
Jefferson Center offers this class FREE to our community every month - join us for an upcoming session!
Adult Mental Health First Aid
Tuesday, May 14, 2019
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Wheat Ridge Recreation Center
4005 Kipling Street
Wheat Ridge, CO 80033

Older Adult Mental Health First Aid
Tuesday, May 21, 2019
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Lutheran Hospital
8300 W 38th Avenue,
Wheat Ridge, CO 80033
Youth Mental Health First Aid
Saturday, May 18 and Saturday, May 25, 2019
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. each day
Wheat Ridge Recreation Center
4005 Kipling Street
Wheat Ridge, CO 80033
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The best time of the year is here, and Cupcake Therapy is back all May long!
For the fourth year in a row, we've teamed up with historic Rheinlander Bakery in Olde Town Arvada to host Cupcake Therapy, a program where Jefferson Center receives $1 for every Mental Health Month specialty cupcake sold during the month of May.

Enjoy a delicious cupcake and help us celebrate Mental Health Month this May!

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Walk to beat stigma on May 18, 2019!
Join us on May 18 for NAMIWalks Colorado! Now in its 17th year, NAMIWalks is the nation's largest mental health awareness and fundraising event, with walks throughout the nation. 
Jefferson Center is proud to sponsor the NAMIWalks Colorado event, raising funds for advocacy, support and education on mental health. There are many ways you can get involved with NAMIWalks the day of as a team captain, team member, individual walker, or volunteer! For more information on how you can get involved or start your own team visit: http://bit.ly/2uItybe
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Jefferson Center is a nonprofit, community-focused mental health care and substance use services provider. We offer hope and support to individuals and families who are struggling with mental health issues and substance use disorders.
 
Serving our community is at the core of everything we do.
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303-425-0300 | info@jcmh.org | www.jcmh.org
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