Connecting with Community: Relationships, Meaningful Conversations, and Fun

Health & Wellness  |  March 10, 2021

Connecting with Community

Recognizing the impact of pandemic-related challenges on our mental and emotional well-being, CLC-Cappella is collaborating with Colorado Spirit team to offer the “Together We! Thrive” six-part video support series. For most of us, this past year has challenged us with many losses – both loss of life and loss of daily rituals and routines. As we approach the anniversary of the pandemic lockdown, we encourage you to allow yourself time to feel, process and grieve the losses you and your community have experienced. Last week, Chaplain Jim Kok and Chaplain Brian Bortz shared how grief hits us like waves of the ocean, some waves we can handle and others may knock us down. You can find the recorded video of last week’s session here along with the associated resources. The Chaplains shared how social connections, laughter and joy are examples of healthy strategies to address the waves of grief we may experience.

In recognizing the value of community as we process our grief, on March 9th, Haley Sanner discussed how to uplift your spirits by building new relationships, deepening old ones, and finding time for fun! Are you finding yourself sick of discussing the COVID and need some ideas to spark meaningful conversation and deepen relationships with people in your life? Are you are feeling alone or burnout and need some new ways to connect and engage with the community. Or maybe you are feeling down and need some motivation to find opportunities to laugh, play and connect with the people in your life, even if at a distance? Watch the live video replay here, and click to find the handout activity associated with her session.

Haley Sanner is the Older Adult Specialist at Lutheran Family Services of the Rocky Mountains. With expertise in social determinants of health, specifically social isolation and loneliness, Haley is passionate about multigenerational programming that connects people in more equitable, sustainable and communal ways across generations. She loves to spark conversation, listen to people’s stories, and find new creative ways to engage together despite the challenges of the pandemic.

Colorado Spirit Wellness is a short-term program that is working to provide support to the Colorado community as we handle the current challenges. Please know that no matter what you are feeling, you are not alone. Our team is here to listen and guide you through the feelings, stressors, and emotions you may be experiencing right now. All our services are free, anonymous, and conducted by phone and available in multiple languages.

We are here to:

Listen to you and help you process the emotions you are feeling.

Support your wellbeing by sharing coping skills and techniques.

Connect you to the right resources based on your needs.

We have provider organizations focused regionally across the state. For those who live outside Colorado, we have linked the other state’s Crisis Counseling programs as well. Click this link to find our contact information.

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