Mental Health Minute

April 17, 2020

Who is ready for SOME GOOD NEWS?

I don't know about you but I have been looking for some more laughter, hope, and just bright spots in the days... SOME GOOD NEWS! Well, I found it. Some Good News hosted by John Krasinski brings you just that. There are three episodes so far...and more on the way... Enjoy!

Episode 1

Episode 2

Episode 3

Baseball is Back: Some Good News with John Krasinski Ep. 3

Some Good News in the Estes Valley!

The Estes Valley is Strong and the Estes Valley Cares! This is by no means an exhaustive list of the good news taking place in our valley... Trying to highlight different programs every week.

Community Hot Meals
: Free to anyone in need! Enjoy hot meals to go on Tuesdays and Fridays 4-6 pm. Feeds up to two people. The Friday meal stretches further. Pick up at the American Legion Post 119. See below flyer for details.

Support Local Business + Eat: ​The supply chain is still going strong, supplies are available. The Chamber of Commerce has created a FB page for local restaurants who are offering food delivery services. . Most local restaurants and business are online. Consider buying a gift card today so you can shop there again (in a future) tomorrow!

The Nonprofit Relief Fund: In response to COVID-19 and the adaptations it requires, EPNRC has established the EP Nonprofit Relief Fund for disbursement within Estes Park only. This fund will support any operational need that contributes to the execution of an essential service and/or basic need in our community.

YMCA Virtual Programs: No need to miss out on all the fun and enrichment YMCA of the Rockies has to offer. We are bringing programming to you at home with these digital programs from our staff at Estes Park Center and Snow Mountain Ranch. They are designed to feed your body, soul and mind! Find the list of Virtual Programming HERE.

Resources for Healing the Whole Person: A Self-Care Webinar Series from the Estes Chamber of Commerce: You are invited to participate in a multi-week webinar series designed to provide tools for recognizing and understanding the emotional and physiological impact of the COVID-19 crisis. Topics:

Week One: Navigating the Emotional & Physical Impact of Grief
Week Two: Help for Parents, Teachers & Kids
Week Three: Grief over business or employment loss and conflict resolution

Information and Registration HERE

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Estes Valley Library - Virtual Programming

The Estes Valley Library is doing some incredible virtual programming for our community during this time of transition.

Homework Help with Brain Fuse: Are you looking for advice from tutors for your writing assignments? Our live-tutor database BrainFuse HelpNow will return your assignment within 24 hours with helpful critiques! You can find the Writing Lab and many more features on the BrainFuse app for your mobile device. It's a great tool for at-home learning! Watch the how-to video for Brain Fuse HERE.

How to Ground Yourself in Difficult Times: This video is great for all ages! Know what to do in situations where you or a loved one needs help grounding themselves. I will walk you through different strategies for different situations and give you some brain science in between. Watch How to Ground Yourself in Difficult Times HERE.

Storytime for Little Ones: Have some little ones at home with you? Need a break or just some ideas of a new activity? Then check out these virtual storytimes! Perfect for infants to elementary age and everywhere in between. Watch Storytimes HERE or Baby Storytimes HERE.

Photo Challenge: Here's a great activity for all ages! Submit by 4/30/20 to The goal is to be creative, make a costume for a character from your favorite book using household items. Make sure to include a picture of the book cover. See poster below for details!

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Resources from Imagine Zero Larimer County

What We're Reading

Tips to Stay Mentally Well While Working From Home

What We're Watching

Brene Brown on Empathy (animated)

Monday Meditation

Download the Calm App for Free

Recursos en Español ~ Spanish Resources

Cualquier persona que sea vulnerable a COVID-19 puede pedir ayuda de un vecino voluntario!

Haga clic aquí para más información.

Emergency Childcare for COVID-19 First Responders

If you are part of the emergency workforce and are in need of childcare, find out Colorado's response and resources.

Supporting Healthcare Workers AND Local Restaurants

Check out this campaign to support healthcare workers and our restaurants industry by providing meals for medical responders. Donate here!

Bar and Restaurant Relief Fund

New Belgium is supporting impacted Fort Collins service workers. Apply for funds or donate to support our local workers here.

Check Your Symptoms Online

Not feeling great? You can check your symptoms online using this easy Banner Health tool.

Need Internet for School or Work?

Comcast is currently offering a two-month free internet plan for qualifying families. Find out more details here.

Resources for Everyone!

United Way has compiled a wide array of resources, including how to volunteer during the crisis, resources for older adults, for those experiencing unemployment, food resources, and more. Find out more here.

Self-Isolating in a Dangerous Home Situation?

Please reach out! Contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 or CHAT online

Food Assistance Available Across the County

Multiple agencies are offering food assistance for those in need. Find out more here.

Crisis Hotlines Remain Open

You can always reach over via text or phone call if you need someone to talk to. Text "TALK" to 38255 or dial 844-493-8255

Assistance for Workers Affected by Closures

Colorado has announced resources available to workers impacted by COVID-19 closures.

Virtual Spirit Week at EPES with Rudy!

Hannah Knox, M.Ed, LPC, NCC

I am a professional that believes in the empowerment of youth to create meaningful change in this world. The majority of my time is serving Estes students (and families) through direct service, case collaboration, and case management. I support staff through education, consultation, and resource referrals. I also work with community providers for wrap-around support for individual cases, community events, group offerings, and mental health crisis preparation.