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Youth Mental Health First Aid Training This Summer (2017)

These free 8-hour trainings are designed to assist those who work and interact with youth to identify symptoms or behaviors of developing mental illness and equip them with the tools they need to reach out and offer help. Youth Mental Health First Aid is primarily designed for adults who regularly interact with young people, such as parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, coaches, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other community providers.

The course introduces common mental health challenges in youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. Some of the topics covered include depression, anxiety, substance use and other mental health issues.

Upcoming dates are Tuesday, June 20 and Wednesday, July 26. These trainings are held 8:00am-5:00pm at the Health District of Northern Larimer County, 120 Bristlecone Drive in Fort Collins. Registration is required. For more information or to register, contact Emily Leetham at 970-494-4370 or by email at eleetham@healthdistrict.org.
 
Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is April 29 (2017)

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible way of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the public about the potential for abuse of medications. On April 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., local law enforcement and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will provide an opportunity to properly dispose of unneeded and/or expired prescription medications.

The Prescription Drug Take-Back program addresses an important public safety and public health issue. Many people are not aware that medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are increasing, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.

Drop-off sites will be at the following locations:
  • Fort Collins: Fort Collins Police Services, 2221 S. Timberline Road, north parking lot
  • Fort Collins: Colorado State University Police Dept., 750 S. Meridian Ave.
  • Loveland: Loveland Police Department, 810 E. 10th St.
  • Wellington: Larimer County Sheriff's Dept., at Family Dollar parking lot, 8099 S. 6th St.
  • Windsor: Windsor Police Department, 200 N. 11th St.

  • The service is free and anonymous. Law enforcement officers will be present with the drug disposal box at all times. At the conclusion of the event, the boxes will be sealed and turned over to the DEA for proper disposal.

    Many kinds of prescription and over-the-counter medications may be brought to this event for disposal, including pet medications. However the following items will NOT be accepted: liquids, intravenous solutions, injectables/needles, syringes, mercury (thermometers), oxygen containers, chemotherapy/radioactive substances, pressurized canisters and illicit drugs.

    Check the DEA website for additional information and other local drop-off sites.

    Information on environmentally sound disposal methods that minimize opportunities for misuse and protect the environment will be available at the Fort Collins collection site. Flushing medications down the toilet or throwing them in the trash could cause pollution of lakes, streams and water supplies and pose potential safety and health hazards.

    Fort Collins Police Services also has a year-round drug take-back program with a secure bin for the collection of prescription/over-the-counter drugs. Residents may drop off unneeded or expired over-the-counter and prescription medications in the Fort Collins Police Services lobby, 2221 S. Timberline Road, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The same restrictions on eligible/ineligible items apply (see above). For additional information contact Fort Collins Police Services at 970-221-6540.
     
    Community Invited to Local 9Health Fairs in April (2017)

    9Health Fair will host events across Colorado this spring. Anyone 18 and older can take advantage of free and low-cost health screenings and education that are available for people to keep tabs on their health.

    For residents of Larimer County, 9Health Fair locations include Fort Collins, Loveland and Wellington. For a complete list of screenings and locations, visit www.9healthfair.org.

    Free and low-cost health screenings address some critical health issues, including heart disease, diabetes, colon cancer, prostate cancer, mental health and more. 9Health Fairs also offer eye health/vision screenings, bone density, height/weight screening, and other screenings, depending on location.

    Thousands of 9Health Fair volunteers serve people from communities around the state. 9Health Fair uses phlebotomists, registered nurses, physician assistants, medical doctors, emergency medical technicians and other medical professionals to help administer a variety of health screenings and draw blood. Spanish-speaking volunteers are available to help with on-site interpretation and translation.

    To ensure proper hydration for an easier blood draw, participants are encouraged to bring their own water to drink at the 9Health Fair.

    All 9Health Fair locations include a $35 Blood Chemistry Screening, which gives you information on your blood sugar (glucose), cholesterol, triglycerides, and may show warning signs of diabetes, heart disease and other concerns. Other low-cost screenings include a $20 Blood Count Screening and a $25 Colon Cancer Screening Take-Home Kit.

    For more 9Health Fair information, please visit www.9healthfair.org or call 1-800-332-3078 (toll-free).
     
    Elder Care Resource Day Set for April 1 (2017)

    The Elder Care Network of Northern Colorado presents the annual Elder Care Resource Day on April 1 at the Fort Collins Senior Center, 1200 Raintree Drive. Registration starts at 7:30am, and workshops take place from 8:00am to 1:45pm.

    This year's topics include Advocating for an Older Adult, Advance Directives and End-of-Life Care, When Aging Parents Can't Manage Their Money, Senior Housing Options, Mental Health and more.

    Registration is required. A $10 donation per person is suggested. You may register online, or download the registration form and mail it in. Go to www.eldercarenet.org. Registration includes three sessions, handouts and lunch. For more information, visit the website or call 970-495-3442.

    The Elder Care Network is a group of organizations/individuals who work to support seniors by providing resources and information for seniors and caregivers.
     
    Free 8-Week Series for Parents Addresses Mental Health, Substance Use (March 2017)

    The CAYAC (Child, Adolescent and Young Adult Connections) Team is hosting a free, 8-week, drop-in parent education speaker series on mental health and substance use. The series runs Wednesdays, Feb. 22 through April 19, 5:30-6:30 p.m., at the CAYAC office, 1302 S. Shields St., A1-3, Fort Collins.

    Topics include:
  • Feb. 22 -- What are psychiatrists, psychologists and therapists? -- Jan Warner, NP, Mountain Crest and CAYAC
  • March 1 -- Navigating the School System and CAYAC -- Sharon Kreider, Poudre School District and CAYAC
  • March 8 -- Anxiety -- Marybeth Rigali-Oiler, Ph.D, Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychologist
  • March 22 -- Substance Use in Schools -- Sgt. Jarad Sargent, Fort Collins Police Department
  • March 29 -- ADD and ADHD -- Marybeth Rigali-Oiler, Ph.D., Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychologist
  • April 5 -- Sexuality and LGBTQ Issues -- Kimberly Chambers, NoCo Splash
  • April 12 -- Depression and Suicide -- Elizabeth Sutphin, LCSW, Connections and CAYAC
  • April 19 -- Cutting -- Kristen Cochran-Ward, LCSW, Connections and CAYAC

  • Participants can attend a single session or the whole series. There is no charge, but reservations are required. Dinner is provided. For more information or to reserve a space, email Katherine, kchu@healthdistrict.org.

    CAYAC is a service of Connections, a partnership of the Health District of Northern Larimer County and SummitStone Health Partners providing answers, options and support for mental health and substance use challenges. The CAYAC Team includes staff from the Health District, SummitStone Health Partners and Poudre School District.
     

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