Mental Health Minute

December Edition

In the midst of colder weather, holiday spirit, and (maybe) counting down for winter break, please take a minute for mental health -- yours & ours.



“Winter Break is Hard for So Many of Our Students”

Not all Students look forward to the holidays. How we can help.


“Coping with the Holidays -Survival Guide”
From Psych Central:

“For many people, Christmas and the holiday season are a happy and joyous time, enriched by reuniting with family and friends. But year's end can also be very stressful. Old patterns of behavior emerge, our stress levels rise, and our ability to cope flies out the window. People with unloving parents or problematic families face a whole different set of challenges...

We can't stop the world from turning, but perhaps a few of the articles in our annual guide will help you better manage the emotional challenges that the holidays present.”

Follow this link for 100+ articles on various holiday survival topics… Highlights Include:


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Keep life fresh by challenging yourself with new things!

Hannah Heckerson, M.Ed., NCC, LPCC - Mental Health Clinician

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.