Communities pull together to address mental health concerns created by trauma and stress
Northwest Kansas TODAY, an incredible publication offered to every resident of Northwest Kansas by the Dane G. Hansen Foundation, highlights many of the awe-inspiring programs supported by the charitable organization. It shares stories of success, compassion and resiliency that Kansans are known for when faced with crisis during difficult times. And, in times of hardship, it's important to remember that Survivors make up the heart of Kansas, and that good things are still happening here.
If you haven't already done so, pick up your Spring 2020 issue now and flip to Page 12 to hear about how our rural northwest Kansas communities are pulling together to address mental health concerns created by trauma and stress. An excellent article written by Erin (Eicher) Mathews, formerly of Colby, shares how the group is actively working to improve access to mental health services, to provide support for our friends, neighbors, family members and farmers.
After reading the article, be sure to visit https://www.livewellnwk.org/news/categories/all-health-initiatives to learn more about the Mental Health Forums and a virtual Building Resiliency workshop co-facilitated by LiveWell Northwest Kansas.
Learn, share with those in need, and know that "when you feel like everything is piling up on you and you don't know if you're going to be able to get though it, just remember that it's not forever," Stephanie Salazar stresses in the article. "It really is just for right now. Those hard feelings -- they pass, and joy comes back."