National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Chaffee County will be hosting a Winter Wellness Discussion from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on January 21 in the Salida United Methodist Church, located at 228 East 4th Street, in Salida. This is an opportunity for the community to ask questions, share ideas and discuss mental, emotional and physical challenges that accompany wintertime, including Seasonal Affective Disorder.

NAMI Chaffee County logo (Photo Courtesy of Chaffee Resources)

“Winter can be a difficult time of the year, but there are ways to make it to spring intact,” says NAMI Chaffee County President Eunice Collette. “Try not to be too hard on yourself and realize that it is natural to feel less energy during colder months.”

A press release from NAMI Chaffee County stresses that “Sometimes you need a little more support, and it is important to recognize if your winter blues are getting worse. Depression can have serious consequences, and it is hard to beat it all on your own. Do not hesitate to reach out for help.”

The discussion will be facilitated by Helene Watson LPC, who will identify strategies and resources in managing challenges during the winter months. A light supper will be provided and NAMI Chaffee County is asking that those interested pre-register for the event by emailing info@namichaffee.org or calling (970) 823-4751.

More information regarding NAMI Chaffee County and opportunities to donate or volunteer can be found by visiting their website at www.namichaffee.org or by emailing info@namichaffee.org