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February/March 2017
Three Easy Ways to Spring Into Health
Although it seems the holidays were just here, the Spring Equinox is on March 20. For some, Spring can be a time of cleaning and renewal, but for others, sometimes it doesn't seem as hopeful as we'd like. Taking some time to focus on our needs and discover the things that make us happy can help clear and refresh our mind, body and spirit.

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Jefferson Center Honored as Non-Profit of the Year
The spotlight was brief, but bright on the U.S. House Floor as Colorado Rep. Ed Perlmutter lauded Jefferson Center for Mental Health for being awarded the Non-Profit of the Year from the Arvada Chamber of Commerce.

Receiving the Arvada Non-Profit of the Year Award at the Arvada Chamber banquet "The Chambys"
Center President and CEO, Dr. Harriet Hall, recently accepted the award at the Arvada Chamber event for what Perlmutter heralded as the Center's work for "ingenuity and innovation to overcome challenges as well as their active and effective work with the local business community."

He congratulated the Center's community mission "to inspire hope and improve the lives of the members of their community," and added, "their incredible work and innovative approach has helped to serve those in our community who often have nowhere else to turn."

The award comes with a $500 donation to continue the Center's work. Jefferson Center has also been named a Top Workplace for four straight years by the Denver Post.

When an Art Class Leads to Recovery

CJ Mueller is featured in the Art of Hope calendars
CJ Mueller is featured in the Art of Hope calendars
For CJ, an art class at Jefferson Center allowed her to get in touch with feelings nothing else could quite express. It proved to be the one most important element where she could work through her depression, self-image and self-worth issues. CJ gained enough confidence in her talent that she submitted a painting to the Art of Hope calendar back in 2011. She is now a regular contributor and is thriving. Enjoy the art of CJ and other talented Jefferson Center clients in the 2017 Art of Hope calendar. Get yours now (and one for a friend!) by calling Melissa at 303-432-5156 or email 
All Aboard! A Night at the Forney Museum
Join us for this special evening with Jefferson Center! 

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Arrival Time
VIP Reception 5:30 p.m. Doors Open 6:00 p.m.

Forney Museum of Transportation
4303 Brighton Blvd, Denver, CO 80216

As part of your ticket, tour the Forney Museum of Transportation including an up close look at cool machines you might have paraded to the malt shop in high school, vintage cars from the early 1900s, an eclectic collection of Indian motorcycles, vehicles from the old Lowry Air Force Base, and authentic locomotives that powered 20th century America! Plus, enjoy the featured special attraction, "Unparalleled Excellence: Automobiles of Rolls Royce & Bentley".

The event includes dinner, a silent auction and highlights of Jefferson Center's impact in the lives of our clients and the community.

To enhance your experience, join us for a VIP reception which includes a guided tour of the Forney Museum of Transportation's restored train cars, an opportunity to bid first on the silent auction items, and time to mingle with Jefferson Center's closest friends.

Thank you to our sponsors!

Presenting Sponsor


 Gold Sponsor

 Bronze Sponsors

A&B Builders
City of Wheat Ridge
Citywide Banks
Physician Health Partners
Richards, Seeley & Schaefer, Inc.
Seniors' Resource Center


Sponsorship opportunities available now.  Contact Jill at 303-432-5144.
Just the facts: Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
What is it?
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that comes and goes with the seasons.  While it's more typical in the winter months, just because we're moving into Spring doesn't automatically mean we've escaped it.  It can still affect a lot of people, sometimes when least expected.
What are the signs and symptoms?
SAD is not a separate disorder. It's its own type of depression that seems to repeat regularly. To actually be diagnosed with SAD, you must meet the full criteria for major depression aligning with the specific seasons, and have that pattern for at least 2 years.
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Board Spotlight: Diane Messamore
How did you become a part of the Jefferson Center Board?
Originally, I was approached to join the Board of Directors because of my background in employee benefits which is always an area of potential revenue expansion for the Center. However, I was very interested and excited because it was an opportunity to contribute directly to my community. The Center does amazing work and I'm honored to be a small part of the effort.

What has been your experience since you joined?
Since joining, I'm even more delighted to be a part of this team for several reasons. Top of the list, the other Board members and the staff are dedicated and selfless. I am humbled when I hear stories about the work that is done day in and day out in our facilities.

In what ways do you think you can contribute most to the Jefferson Center Board?
As a member of the Finance Committee, I'm learning more about the operations and financial machinations at the Center at every meeting. It is a large, complex organization, plus it is a time of change in the delivery of mental health care and, probably, a time of huge change coming in the financing of this care. It is a time of opportunity and the Center is going to be a leader in the transition.

What visions do you have for your future with the Board?
It is exciting to seek partnerships for Jefferson Center with Rotary clubs and explore possible internships or other programs with the University of Colorado, Denver. Rotary and CU-Denver are two other passions of mine, and nothing stands alone!

More information on Diane:
Besides her degree in Mathematics, Diane has a law degree with an emphasis in ERISA, the Employee Retiree Income Security Act, which is the law that governs the provision of benefits by employers, and requires strict compliance. She is also the Chair of the Dean's Council for the College of Liberal Arts and Science at CU-Denver, and serves on the Chancellor's Development Council. Previously, she was the Managing Consultant for the Rocky Mountain Region from Buck Actuarial Consulting. 

Jefferson Center for Mental Health and Rotary Clubs Blanketing the Area with Mental Health First Aid Awareness

A unique partnership between Jefferson Center and Rotary clubs along the Front Range is generating an exciting response to co-sponsored  Mental Health First Aid classes and resource cards.

It began with a commitment from the Evergreen Rotary to initiate quarterly classes in their area, and filling both with at-capacity signups for the two they've sponsored so far. Two more are scheduled in coming months.

Along with the classes, the Evergreen Rotary Club ordered five-thousand mental health resource cards to pass out and make available in their community with quick tips on how to help someone facing a mental health crisis. Those went so quickly that they've had to order a second batch.

The inspiration seems to be spreading. Now the Golden Rotary Club will be hosting its own MHFA class in March, and making resource hand-outs available to all its members and the community as well.
The Lakewood Foothills Rotary Club is also looking into co-branding the resource cards and partnering with Jefferson Center to reach their area.

Rotary International began the initiative to boost mental health awareness and to encourage their chapters to take up the challenge. Several in Colorado are making it a top priority.
Do you need a speaker for your club meeting, PTA gathering or group?  Call us! Our group of trained speakers give presentations in the community on topics such as Stress Busters for Parents, Mental Health 101, Answering your Kids' Tough Questions and more. Minimum group size is only 10 people. Contact 303-432-5144 or jillh@jcmh.org today to discuss your groups' needs.
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