Health briefs: YVMC welcomes new volunteers
Steamboat Springs — Volunteers needed for various programs at YVMC
Yampa Valley Medical Center is seeking caring people to join its day surgery program to support staff in the day surgery and minor procedures area with general organizational and maintenance duties and providing assistance to patients and their families.
Those interested in volunteering for this program or who would like to learn more about other volunteer opportunities at YVMC are invited to call volunteer services at 970-870-1146 or email email@example.com.
Local crisis support lines available 24 hours per day
A variety of crisis support lines are available 24 hours per day to connect local residents dealing with a personal mental health or other type of crisis with trained professionals or volunteers who can provide support.
They include the following.
■ Reaching Everyone Preventing Suicide 24-hour crisis line: 970-846-8182
■ Advocates Building Peaceful Communities 24-hour crisis line: 970-879-8888
■ Mind Springs Health 24- hour crisis line: 1-888-207-4004
■ Colorado’s mental health crisis line: 1-844-493-TALK (8255).
In the event of an emergency, dial 911.
Be aware of hepatitis
Hepatitis is a liver disease that can sometimes lead to long-term liver infection or liver cancer. The most common types are Hepatitis A, B and C.
Hepatitis A is spread by eating or drinking food or water contaminated with the virus. Hepatitis B is spread through blood, semen or other bodily fluids. Hepatitis C is spread through infected blood.
Vaccines are available to prevent Hepatitis A and B. There is no vaccine for Hepatitis C, but it can be treated if detected early. Travel and/or some behaviors may increase hepatitis risk. Individuals are encouraged talk with their healthcare providers about risk factors and whether a screening is advised.
Hepatitis A and B, and other routine vaccinations are available during drop-in immunizations clinics, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursdays at the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, 940 Central Park Dr., Suite 101. They are also available by appointment. Call 970-879-1632.
Support groups meeting this week:
• A bereavement support group meets from 1 to 2 p.m. Monday at Rollingstone Respite House. The group is open to anyone grieving the loss of a loved one. Call 970-871-7628 prior to attending the first meeting.
• 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 has a recovery-based yoga beforehand at 4:30 p.m. The group will explore recovery through meditation, book study and all open discussion. Meetings are open to all faiths and addictions. For more information, call 720-670-8642.
• A Caregiver Cancer Support Group meets from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday in the community room at Natural Grocers, 355 Lincoln Ave. For more information, call 970-846-4717.
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