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    A Compassionate Legacy of Grief & TraumaOpens in a new window

    Dec 14, 2020
    The upcoming holiday season will be unspeakably difficult, amidst a pandemic many will miss the time surrounded by family and friends, we are also mindful of loved ones lost. Our thoughts turn to the 8th anniversary of the murders at Sandy Hook Elementary School, including Avielle Rose Richman, 19 of her classmates and 6 educators. Urvi Sanghvi, founding member of the Avielle Foundation, wrote a blog piece on the legacy of grief and trauma in the aftermath of survival and recovery following a challenging experience. Urvi reminds us that compassion and kindness are more important than ever and the importance of looking after ourselves and others as we move forward.
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    Preparing for Online Learning From a College Campus

    Nov 4, 2020
    Coming into this school year, I was unsure what to expect. My past two years at the University of Washington were fun, exciting, academically challenging, and, well, in-person. This year, though, posed new challenges as we transitioned to a completely virtual campus. There wasn’t a “How to do Online School” handbook or an experience that I could relate with to make anything easier. We were all thrown into it. But with practice I was able to organize my life around COVID-19 guidelines while also having a somewhat authentic college experience, as much as one could at least.
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  • A Guide to the Guide

    A Guide-to-the-Guide

    Aug 6, 2020
    NMHIC has created an Inside Out Viewing Guide to help the community start conversations with youth between 5 – 14 years old (adults welcome as well!) about emotions and responding to trying circumstances.
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  • Adolescent Mental Health

    Student Experiences During a Pandemic

    Jul 23, 2020
    While virtually every person has been affected by the pandemic, students have suffered an exceptionally great deal of uncertainty, anxiety, boredom, loneliness, and instability. Personally, the effects of remote learning, social isolation, and the general uncertainty surrounding my education, social, and professional life have caused my mental health to deteriorate.
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  • Pivot during COVID-19

    Mental Health and Wellness Tech Innovation in Response to COVID-19

    Jun 11, 2020
    Recently, many virtual reality (VR) offerings have begun to pivot to offer their solutions in 2D. In layman’s terms this means you can now view the experience from a browser as well as in a VR environment. Some content developers have already launched browser-based options and others have put this in their development roadmap. This pivot covers several issues for mental health patients as well as the general population consumers of wellness or mental health tech.
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  • Using Technology to Cope with Tech-Fatigue

    Using Technology to Cope with Tech-Fatigue

    May 28, 2020
    The integration of technology into most workplaces has been occurring at a slow but steady pace. Until COVID-19 hit, that is. The reliance on technology is a critical component of the transition to working from home, right at the epicenter of telework, and technology also comes with pros and cons. Thankfully, many tech platforms come equipped with several bells and whistles, both for amusement (read: creative and funny Zoom backgrounds) and to enhance functioning and performance.
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  • Diversity and Inclusion in Tech

    The Need for Diversity in Tech, Academia and Behavioral Health

    May 14, 2020
    When comparing the gender, racial, and ethnic diversity of the US population broadly, over half the population is female, and 18% of the population is LatinX. Yet, at major companies like Dell and Microsoft, the gender make-up skews to males by a large margin, and there are less than 10% of LatinX employees.
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  • Mental Health in the Time of COVID-19

    Mental Health in the Time of COVID-19

    Apr 30, 2020
    It’s too early to say exactly what effect this period will have on people’s short- and long-term mental health, but given that almost a fifth of American adults have likely experienced a diagnosable anxiety-related disorder in the past year, it’s likely that there will be a long and challenging road ahead of us.
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  • Privilege and Vulnerability During COVID-19

    Privilege and Vulnerability During the COVID-19 Pandemic

    Apr 16, 2020
    The vulnerable groups are not just the elderly population or those with pre-existing conditions or the homeless or under-housed. They are folks from all walks of life who are struggling to cope financially, mentally, or physically with the crisis. There are too many stories and scenarios I have read and heard about to enumerate in this blog post. This pandemic is having a tremendous impact on people from every stratum.
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  • Coronavirus - Recognizing the Upsides for Now

    Coronavirus: Recognizing the Upsides Now – For Later A Directors Perspective from the National Mental Health Innovation Center

    Apr 9, 2020
    Digital tools and platforms became the front face of this classroom. These tools facilitated instruction, communication, and evaluation of learning. This is not the way we typically test technology solutions and their implementation. The urgency and timeline required focus to allow technology to be the tool that gets education done; rather than filling its former role as a modern facilitator of learning to the usual (in-person) classroom experience.
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  • Tips for Therapists Conducting Telehealth

    Tips for Therapists Conducting Teletherapy in Response to COVID-19 Recommendations

    Mar 19, 2020
    Many therapists and agencies have started to offer teletherapy for people they are providing mental health services to. These tips apply to video therapy – where therapist and client participate in the session using a video platform.
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  • Hygiene Guidelines for Virtual Reality Users

    Hygiene Guidelines for Virtual Reality Users

    Mar 16, 2020
    Your job, family and daily routine are most likely being impacted by the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19. The CDC has provided important guidelines to help prevent the spread of the virus and protect your physical health.
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  • Digital Healthcare Trends

    Results are in – VR is a Digital Healthcare Trend for Investors and Providers to Watch

    Jan 22, 2020
    Accessing affordable care is a challenge in mental health and other healthcare sectors as well, but technology companies have begun to break down barriers to treatment through innovative solutions and of those innovations (VR) is one of the most exciting
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  • VR & Behavioral Healthcare Symposium

    VR & Behavioral Healthcare Symposium – Full Schedule

    Oct 14, 2019
    Download the full schedule for the upcoming VR & Behavioral Healthcare Symposium coming to Anschutz October 7 & 8.
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  • Podcast Episode with Justin Kruger

    New Podcast Episode: 009: Project Second Helping – Re-Recording with Justin Kruger

    Jun 11, 2019
    In this episode we have Justin Kruger, the founder of Project Helping, a volunteer network founded not only with the intention of bettering communities but benefiting the mental wellness of its volunteers.
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  • Podcast Episode with Leslie Herod

    New Podcast Episode: 008: Capitol Crusader Leslie Herod – Using Policy in the Fight to Improve Mental Health

    Jun 4, 2019
    In this episode, Matt and Rick interview Representative Leslie Herod at the Capitol Building in downtown Denver.
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  • Trauma Informed Practices for Educator Preparation Programs

    Thinking Upstream – Trauma Informed Practices for Educator Preparation Programs

    Jun 5, 2019
    Children who have experienced trauma can develop emotional, behavioral, cognitive, and relationship difficulties that can adversely impact their ability to learn and impede general success in school. Teachers and other school staff may experience secondary trauma when working with these students because managing and responding to their behavior can be confusing and exhausting.
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  • Virtual Reality as Instructional Technology in Schools

    Virtual Reality as Instructional Technology in Schools

    May 21, 2019
    When most people think of Virtual Reality (VR) they probably think of gaming – not classrooms. This technology has an increasing presence in K-12 schools as we
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  • Podcast Episode: Bald Eagles in the Town Dump

    New Podcast Episode: 007: Bald Eagles in the Town Dump: a Laughing Matter

    May 14, 2020
    For this episode, Matt and Garrison sat down to talk about a funny thing that happened in Juneau, Alaska.
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    The Meaning of Advancement at the National Mental Health Innovation Center

    Apr 10, 2020
    It is no secret that there are a lot of charities a donor can contribute to. According to the National Center for Charitable Statistics (NCCS), over 1.5M nonprofit organizations are registered in the United States alone! Where does a donor begin when they want to make an impact and be philanthropic?
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