May 16 seems so long ago. It was the date the county moved to level clear. The six-foot physical distancing rule and all capacity restrictions were removed, and the county removed its mask requirement for indoor public spaces a few weeks later. We were entering what seemed to be a new normal - July 4 celebration plans were made, summer vacations planned, and our children were anticipating their summer escapades.
Although this summer largely felt as though the virus was no longer impacting Jefferson County, public health officials are now seeing different data. In recent weeks, the delta variant’s presence is growing, causing a spike in breakthrough and overall cases. As we all continue to evaluate and consider requirements and actions that keep our families, friends, and county safe, it is not lost on me the impact the virus has had us.
Adjustment to our day-to-day routines, elimination of gatherings with loved ones and, in the coming weeks, the return of our children to school is adding another layer to the already worry and stress we were experiencing pre-pandemic. Although the pandemic has heightened the attention on mental health, it was an issue facing our community well before COVID-19.
In May, the Board of County Commissioners, recognized Mental Health Awareness Month. Although that was three months ago, it is not only timely but important to remember, once again, that mental health is a vital part of our overall health and well-being. Recognizing the national message of “You Are Not Alone,” we asked our community to focus on the healing value of connecting in safe ways, prioritizing mental health and acknowledge that it is ok to not be okay - not just in May, but every day of every month. That is why we will be hosting a Town Hall on September 9 to discuss mental health in Jefferson County. We will be joined by Dr. Kiara Kuenzler, Jefferson Center Executive Director.
As we prepare our children, and ourselves, for the changes that will surely occur in the coming weeks and months, take time for yourself, focus on family and most importantly if you, or someone you know, is suffering, reach out and ask for help. Jefferson Center has multiple services available. Visit www.jcmh.org to learn more.
Thank you for your continued support and reach out anytime at email@example.com or 303-271-8503.
For more details, including how to participate in the September 9 Town Hall, visit https://www.jeffco.us/3227/Town-Halls.
To learn more about the Jefferson County Commissioners, visit our website at https://www.jeffco.us/663/Board-of-County-Commissioners. The Board of County Commissioners’ public hearings are held on most Tuesdays at 8 a.m. Click here for details.