“Even in darkness it is possible to create light.” –Elie Wiesel
Daylight Savings Time occurred this past weekend. This meant an extra hour of sleep, but it also meant the beginning of shorter days, where darkness appears earlier in the evening. For many, it’s the official physical sign that the seasons are changing, and the holiday season is once again upon us.
With fewer daylight hours, outdoor activity and exposure to sunlight is decreased, and for many, the darker, colder days bring on depression, fatigue and anxiety. For about 10% of people in the United States, they are diagnosed with Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD which is a type of depression.
Combat changes in mood and well-being by moving. Even gentle movements can be beneficial for brain health just as much as intense activity. Change up routines. Make evenings enjoyable and set a new way of going about the evening. With the changing of daylight and the season, there might be increased anxiety and anticipation so practice gratitude and meditation.
Mind Springs Health and West Springs Hospital provides nearly 200,000 mental health and addiction services and now can provide same day appointments to those who might need some extra assistance through the change in light.
Native American Heritage Month
Native American Month is celebrated nationally in November. With a post-colonial history of loss—loss of lands, culture, language, and identity–indigenous people have created a powerful history of resilience and strength but it has taken a toll.
According to Mental Health America, approximately 3.7 million people of the US population identify as Native American or Alaskan Native. Of that population, 19.3% have reported having a mental illness in the past year.
A crucial part of healthcare and serving the overall well-being for indigenous people involves preserving their cultural heritage. Traditionally, many tribes have viewed the world as an interdependent system in which nature and environment, heritage, spirituality, and family are connected to wellness. With new models of treatment, incorporating traditional cultural practices, spirituality, and community, indigenous peoples continue to be resilient and build strength in new “old” ways.
COLORADO GIVES 2023
Colorado Gives opens November 1 with a culmination of giving on December 5.
Mind Springs Health serves 10 counties on the Western Slope of Colorado.
Mind Springs in the Community
John Sheehan, CEO of Mind Springs Health and West Springs Hospital, right, speaking at the Grand Junction Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Health Summit on November 1 with leaders from the Grand Junction health industry.