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September 2018
September is National Suicide Prevention Month
We Need Your Help!
Suicide is preventable. If you think someone you know might be considering taking their own life, remember, it's OK to ask. In fact, it's the most responsible action you can take. Join with us with us in supporting suicide prevention awareness today, and every day.

To find out more information about how you can help someone you know, spread awareness and learn more about suicide, mental health and substance use  visit our website
Helping Your Child Navigate Change 
Advice for Back to School Anxiety from our School Based Clinicians
Remember how you felt when you started that new job? When you moved to a new city for the first time? No matter how big the change, it can be a challenge for many of us.

We sat down with our School Based Clinicians to learn how parents can set the stage for a healthy, successful school year. 

We asked - what advice do you have for parents, whose children face back to school anxiety, that can be useful throughout the year?

Storytellers of Jefferson Center
Heather Trish - Trauma Services & Suicide Prevention Manager
In celebration of our 60th year, we are reminiscing with employees and others who have been involved with Jefferson Center over the years. 

How long have you been at Jefferson Center, and how has your role changed over the years?

I have been working at Jefferson Center for 12 years. Previously, I was working in New York City for the 9/11 Mental Health Program. Having grown up in the mountains of Colorado, I began thinking about moving back to Colorado with my growing family. That is when I found Jefferson Center.
I began as a part-time Trauma Clinician at the Center, and remained in that role for around eight years. I loved that work, and I still do some direct service work in my current role. The clinical trauma work is what I am most passionate about. Shortly after I began, I was approached to begin working as a part time Suicide Prevention Coordinator for the Center, so I took that on about 11 years ago. Another piece of my role included developing the kinship program - this involved running the Relatives as Parents Support Group and supporting individuals who are caring for kin.
At the Center I was regularly presenting in the community around trauma and suicide prevention related topics while facilitating staff trainings and continuing to do clinical work. About five years ago, when we began implementing the Trauma Informed Care Initiative, my role really shifted - I was promoted to Manager and was able to expand trauma specific services and develop the Trauma Services Team.

Jeffco Instructor Mental Health First Aid Summit
Preparing Opioid Response Ready Trainers
In the headlines every day it seems are statistics about the growing substance use   problem, particularly opioids.  Behind those statistics are people and their families whose life has been impacted by addiction.  Sadly, in some of those cases the statistics highlight the overwhelming number of lives that were cut short by opioid overdoses. 
But  how can we help? Answering that question has become a part of Mental Health First Aid training offered throughout our area. Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) introduces participants to more common mental health problems and substance use disorders, risk factors and warning signs and how to help connect someone with care. And now, MHFA is empowering people to recognize and respond to an opioid overdose and help save lives.
Jefferson Center was an early adopter of MHFA, and has taken the lead in engaging community partners with offering the initiative. Last month, Jefferson Center hosted the Mental Health First Aid Jeffco Instructor Summit at the new Crisis & Recovery Center in Wheat Ridge. The summit brings together trainers from across Jefferson County to build on the knowledge of Jefferson County trainers, who have recently become certified in the new Mental Health First Aid Opioid Response Supplement. Catherine Hoich, LPC, CAC III, Director of Substance Use and Co-Occurring Services at Jefferson Center presented around opioid use, addiction and treatment in order to create well-informed trainers, in addition to the supplemental information that has been provided to them by MHFA.
The Opioid Response Supplement will be a requirement for all Mental Health First Aid Trainers to be certified in by 2019. Opioid painkiller use and overdose are a growing problem throughout Colorado, and within Jefferson County. Trainers will have the opportunity to teach hundreds in our communities what they have learned - how to recognize and respond to risk factors and the signs and symptoms of an opioid overdose, and hopefully to save lives.

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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