Issue 60 | May 2021
QCHI
E-Newsletter
  • QCHI Fun Fact: Did you know we're a partner of the Quad Cities Behavioral Health Coalition? We've been on the Steering Committee since the Coalition's start in 2019. 
Be sure to visit (and follow!) the QCBHC Facebook page where there's weekly posts about Coalition events, developments, and member org activities / accomplishments.
Partner Success Story
Highlighting a partner organization's achievements
May is Mental Health Awareness Month-- a good time to assess what we're doing for self-care and what our community is doing. First and foremost, we all must continue the work of reducing stigma surrounding mental health issues/conditions and seeking help. Remember, it's ok to not feel ok. Here are some great (Make It Ok) resources for all, from our friends at the Iowa Healthiest State Initiative.
 
Two years ago, a group of passionate people and organizations (including us-- the Quad City Health Initiative!) came together to form the Quad Cities Behavioral Health Coalition (QCBHC).  The Coalition has walked the talk and honed in on a bold project surrounding suicide prevention (stay tuned for more on this in the coming months).  Its members have researched and compiled important local data. The QCBHC has sought and secured funding (which continues). All for the betterment of mental/behavioral health awareness and services in our region. All for the betterment of you, Quad-Citians. Here's to mental health awareness. Here's to mental health progress.
QC Trail of the Month
Detailing a regional trail for your next adventure

Getting outdoors and staying active is a great way to clear your mind and rejuvenate your mental health.

This 29.5 mile long paddling trail runs through Muscatine County, Iowa. The river passes multiple conservation and recreation areas (including Saulsbury Bridge, which has camping and other facilities).

Check out Cedar River Water Trail's full page of details on QCTrails.org.

Don't forget to follow QC Trails on Facebook.
PHOTO COURTESY: River Action
Always remember safety first!
Here's a great paddling resource from the

Board Stories
Revealing a personal side to our Board Members and why they're committed to QCHI and the health of our community
In Dr. Ron Boesch's professional work, he believes in treating the whole person--one's physical and mental health. 

Find out why that's also important in his volunteer work and how it all began with an inheritance of sorts-- one Boesch passing on to another. It's the latest edition of "Board Stories." Catch it all HERE.
Resource Corner
Showcasing national information for personal use +/or sharing
The national organization, Mental Health America, has several free tools to help you, your family, and/or your clients access better health.

Specifically for Mental Health Month, check out their downloadable toolkit which has printable fliers, ready-made tips/resources to share, social media graphics, and even screening/assessment tools.

We encourage you to make your mental health a priority-- today, this month, and always.
  • Get vaccinated as soon as you can
  • Stay home when you're sick
  • Wear a face covering if you have not been fully vaccinated
  • Keep 6' of physical distance from others if you have not been fully vaccinated
  • Wash hands frequently
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Proud partner of the QC COVID-19 Coalition
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