In our last blog post, I opened up about my experience with self-stigma and the concept of “normal” – for years, I felt like I could not be “normal” or participate in society in the same ways that others did.
Coping with Cognitive Distortions
“I am not my thoughts – my thoughts do not define me, nor do they always represent reality.” The most valuable realization I have had in my recovery has been learning about cognitive distortions. These are biased perspectives that we
Living Between Diagnoses – By Wilder C. Hickney
My name is Wilder Hickney (pronouns she/her or they/them). I am a recent addition to the Colorado Mental Wellness Network community! I work as a contracted consultant with the Network. I’m here to help spread CMWN’s mission of positivity and
Call to action! Senate Bill 207
By: Aubrey Boggs, Advocacy and Outreach Coordinator Under current Colorado statute, a person experiencing a mental health crisis can be legally held in a jail without committing a crime. This is incredibly dangerous for a person experiencing a crisis.
By Matt, CMWN Intern We are the best possible experts on ourselves. Sometimes we want to go, sometimes we want to stay. Each moment is not the previous, nor will it be the next. Each moment is truly its own,
Thoughts on the First Day of Winter
Winter began this morning (December 21st 2016) around 3 AM Mountain Time. In our modern world, the impact of winter is not as harsh as it once was. Central heating and insulating fabrics can help mitigate the effects of winter.
Things Learned at Peer Training – Laughter for Wellness
During the CMWN Peer Training * class we ask students to present on a wellness tool they use. At our most recent class, one of our students chose laughter, a free and wonderful tool. Did you know that children laugh
What is a self-directed life?
According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the definition of recovery is “a process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live self-directed lives, and strive to reach their full potential.” Most people can
We are the Colorado Mental Wellness Network
Our organization is a community of individuals, together we make up “The Network”. Here are a few of them and what they have to say about our programs….
UNITE Against Stigma Week One: Knowledge Really is Power
By Amanda Kearney-Smith Last week we discussed the acronym U.N.I.T.E (http://www.theravive.com/end-stigma/) as a campaign to end stigma that started in Canada. The “U” stands for “understand” and so this blog focuses on using knowledge as a powerful tool for breaking down