Mental Health

Speak Up and Reach Out: Cottonwood Recovery Celebration

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It’s good to CELEBRATE. Not just the milestone accomplishments, but all the many steps along the way, for each step forward is worthy of applause.

Join with us for the Cottonwood Recovery Celebration on Saturday, Sept. 20th at Garrison Park. We’ll have live music and free lunch while we celebrate the spirit of recovery as a community. Hope to see you there!

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Set the Problems Down

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Have you ever run into a store to pick up a few items and, because you reason it’s just a few items, you don’t bother with a cart? I think we’ve all done that. I did it recently with a bag of dog food. It was a 20lb bag of dry dog food and although it was a little heavy, I figured I didn’t need a cart; I could just carry it to the checkout. When I got to the checkout, however, only a couple lanes were open and the lines were rather long. So, there I stood with my dog food, and with each minute that passed by, that bag of dog food increased in weight. Not literally, of course, but the longer I held it, the heavier it felt. By the time it was my turn to check out, that 20lb bag of dog food felt like it weighed 50lobs. It felt wonderful to set it down, if only for a few minutes.

Problems are a lot like that bag of dog food. We carry them around with us everyday and we don’t think anything of it, but the longer we hold them, the heavier they become. Worries seem to multiply like rabbits until that one thing on your mind becomes twenty things.

But how do we set them down? Well, it’s different for everyone, but some easy ways to lighten our mental loads include exercise, music, meditation, writing, taking walks, or just talking to someone about what troubles you.

So, take a few minutes to set  your worries down and rest, if only for a little while.  Because the burdens we carry inside weigh just as much as those we carry on the outside.


Mental Health First Aid

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Mental Health First Aid-Arizona Integrated Healthcare

First Aid training is important: from how to treat cuts and burns to the big medical emergencies that require CPR; a knowledge of First Aid can prevent serious illness and save lives.

But what about the situations that no Band Aid or antibiotic ointment can fix? Things like panic attacks, anxiety and other mental challenges that occur every day in homes, workplaces and schools everywhere. Would you be able to come to the aid of a co-worker,  friend, or family member? Would you know the signs to look for? Most people don’t, which is why Mental Health First Aid is so important.

Mental Heath First Aid is a day long course that teaches you how to recognize the signs of distress and help someone who is experiencing a mental health crisis. At Spectrum, we think the tools taught in this course can help anyone and we provide Mental Health First Aid training all throughout our community and beyond. Regularly scheduled training takes place the first Friday of each month at our Cottonwood location and classes are FREE to attend. Contact Richard Dehnert at 928-634-2236 for more information or if you’d like to bring Mental Health First Aid training to your organization.


Integrated Healthcare and Butterflies: healthcare verde valley arizona

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The first official day of anything is exciting. It’s the day you embark on a new journey and, if the journey has been thought-out and planned and worked on for months and months, it’s hard to keep the butterflies in your belly from doing excited somersaults.

Our new Spectrum Healthcare medical building officially opened on Monday, and by the excitement, you would have thought our butterflies were competing in the Olympics.  To everyone who worked so tirelessly on making this a reality, thank you. To be able to give our patients a beautiful healthcare facility in the heart of the Verde Valley, where both the medical and mental health needs of patients are cared for with kindness and respect, all under roof, is a pretty great thing.

Who wouldn’t get butterflies over that?

(Note: Keep October 9th open on your calendar; we will be hosting a Community Open House and we can’t wait to show you around!)

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Last week’s staff open house, where family and friends could drop in, have lunch, and experience what we’ve been so excited about.



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