March 2021
Our newest blog is here! With 1 in 4 adults reporting symptoms of anxiety or depressive disorder in 2020 as opposed to 1 in 10 adults pre-pandemic, it is more important than ever that we are truly taking care of ourselves. At Community Reach Center, we have more than 500 employees who each work day in and day out to enhance the health of our community, and they are here to offer up their favorite self-care tips and what works for them! Regardless of your age, gender, career, relationship status, etc. – there’s something for everyone on this list.
Have you heard about Headspace? Just a few sessions on this app can reduce burnout, stress and increase your resilience. Community Reach Center is excited to bring employees this amazing tool to improve everyone’s quality of life at no cost. Headspace has meditation you can do with your kids, fitness you can do just about anywhere and even Energy Shots with Kevin Hart. With hundreds of guided exercises for meditation, sleep, focus and movement, Headspace will help you start and end your days feeling like your best self.
We are looking to replenish our "pantry" for the clients we serve! Interested in helping out? We are in need of new personal hygiene items, socks and gloves for our residential programs! If you would like to donate or want more information on how to do so, contact Christine Dennis at C.Dennis@CommunityReachCenter.Org!
With COVID still affecting the way we go about our daily lives, we wanted to ensure that our services were still just as accessible and that clients had every opportunity to start or continue with their treatment plans. We were able to provide more than 400 Chromebooks to clients over the past few months so they could virtually attend appointments via Telehealth. With the distribution of these Chromebooks, we are looking for donated computer bags (used or new!) for our clients. If you are interested in donating, contact Evan Narotsky at E.Narotsky@CommunityReachCenter.Org.
Answer: You are not alone. As we approach the anniversary of the onset of shutdowns due to COVID-19 in the United States in mid-March, a typically joyous springtime is understandably tainted with grief and loss.

While we often hear that we are “all in this together,” I recognize that this well-intended, yet trite expression misses the diversity of experience individuals in our community are still living. This can be seen in the very literal sense of grief: bereavement. While the rate of infection has improved, our country recently exceeded 500,000 deaths associated with COVID-19. Many have lost one or multiple loved ones. Others experienced the virus themselves, mourning their health. And still yet, others mourn the loss of life as they knew it, compounded with emotional burnout from stress of adapting to constant change. Each one of these losses is valid.

Regardless of the source of our particular flavor of grief and upheaval, our body remembers the experience. In order to stay safe in times of danger, our body engages our fight, flight, or freeze response (a.k.a. our sympathetic nervous system). In this state, we prioritize safety over general wellness. Our sympathetic nervous system is designed to respond in short, urgent need. When the threat is constant, however, we become drained and no longer able to respond adaptively. As we see familiar cues, like the changing season, our bodies take notice and prepare for danger again, even when there if there is considerably lower threat.

Just as our system for survival takes place in the body, so too can our healing. Through movement to release the excess energy and through mindful awareness of the relative safety of the moment, we can communicate to our body that we will be okay, thus engaging our parasympathetic nervous system, which allows us to rest and digest. And when things are just not okay, we can connect with others to see our feelings reflected in someone else and share memories of how things used to be: speaking about the joys of a packed concert at Red Rocks, or warmly reminiscing over big family meals in which you could physically pass the sweet potatoes. One day we will return to these pleasures, but for now, I suggest that you connect with yourself and connect with each other to acknowledge how this anniversary impacts us all.
Community Reach Center has demonstrated an unparalleled commitment to promoting total mind and body wellness for all ages for more than 60 years. We do this by recognizing the interplay between mental and physical health and by providing services and programs when and where you need them most. As the only CARF accredited mental health provider in Colorado, you can expect top quality treatment and customer service. Community Reach Center can help you or your loved one address any type of mental health concern - including depression and anxiety, grief and loss, substance use disorder, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia or upset related to a traumatic event. Individual, group, family and couples counseling is available. Help starts here.