Health briefs: REPS seeks emergency department volunteers |

Health briefs: REPS seeks emergency department volunteers

Yampa Valley Health

REPS Seeks emergency department volunteers

Reaching Everyone Preventing Suicide, or REPS, is collaborating with Yampa Valley Medical Center to increase the number and presence of volunteers in the hospital’s emergency department to assist suicidal patients. The SPA program, created by REPS, enlists advocate volunteers who give information and support to patients admitted to the ED for suicidal ideation or attempted suicide.

SPA volunteers are trained in both REPS and hospital procedures and can volunteer to be on call for as little as one 12 hour shift per month or as many as two shifts per week. For information on SPA and to learn more about volunteering, email REPS at or Pam Bosch, hospital volunteer coordinator, at

Tickets available for Rubber Ducky Race Sept. 10

Northwest Colorado Health will host the Rubber Ducky Race for Hospice Sept. 10. Tickets are $10. The race will start at 11 a.m. at the Fifth Street Bridge. A celebration, with children’s activities and food vendors, will follow at West Lincoln Park. There will be $5,000 in cash prizes, including a $1,500 grand prize.

All proceeds benefit Northwest Colorado Health’s hospice program. Participants need not be present to win.

Purchase tickets online at Tickets are also available at Northwest Colorado Health, 940 Central Park Drive, Suite 101, or Yampa Valley Bank, 600 S. Lincoln Avenue. Volunteers are needed to help with pre-event ticket sales and other aspects of the race. For more information, call Mindy Marriott at 970-871-7609.

Alzheimer’s Association sponsors support groups

The Alzheimer’s Association sponsors free caregiver information and support groups in Steamboat Springs for those caring for someone with dementia, whether 24/7 or long-distance. These groups offer caregivers the opportunity to gather with others facing similar challenges in a safe, confidential setting. Benefits include finding community resources, understanding challenging behavior, sharing strategies and giving and receiving encouragement. For more information, call 970-879-8942.

The spouse caregiver support group meets from 2 to 3:30 p.m. the first Thursday of each month at Rollingstone Respite House, 1500 Pine Grove Road.

A new family and friends caregiver support group also meets from 3 to 4:30 p.m. the third Thursday of each month, also at Rollingstone Respite House.

Talk on immune support planned

Natural Grocers will hold a talk titled “Immune support 101” from 4 to 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 8, to teach people about foods that boost the immune system, including vitamin C and other vitamins. Attendees will learn why keeping the immune system fed with proper nutrition will ensure the body is ready to handle whatever comes its way. The talk takes place at Natural Grocers, 335 Lincoln Ave.

Variety of support groups meet this week

• A bereavement support group meets from 1 to 2 p.m. Mondays at Rollingstone Respite House. The group is open to anyone grieving the loss of a loved one. Call 970-871-7629 before attending.

• The Yampa Valley Parkinson’s Support Network meets at 5 p.m. the second Monday of every month at Casey’s Pond. For more information, call Adrienne at 512-630-1373.

• A domestic violence support group for women meets from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesdays at Advocates Building Peaceful Communities. Call Diane, at 970-879-2034, before attending.

• The Steamboat Meditation Recovery Group meets at 5:30 p.m. Thursdays at the Buddhist Center of Steamboat Springs, 2250 Copper Frontage Road, No. 202. The group also hosts recovery-based yoga at 4:30 p.m. The group will explore recovery through meditation, book study and open discussion. Meetings are open to all faiths and addictions. For more information, call 720-670-8642.

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