Author page: Mike Orrill

How to Have Excellent Family Meetings (by Lori Weckbaugh)

How to Have Excellent Family Meetings (by Lori Weckbaugh)

How to have excellent family meetings! (by Lori Weckbaugh) You know that something needs to change, because they are ignoring your message or fighting with you or their siblings. Children become willing to respond to messages for change when they are hearing good news We all want to hear what’s right with us rather than what’s wrong Affirmations build self-esteem…

What breast cancer screenings do I need? (By Shelley Schreiner)

What breast cancer screenings do I need? (By Shelley Schreiner)

What breast cancer screenings do I need? October is Breast Health Awareness Month! It’s a great time to get serious about breast health and breast cancer screenings. But knowing what screenings you need when (not to mention paying for them) can feel overwhelming. We’re here to help. The first step in monitoring your breast health is to learn what’s normal…

Quick Tips to Take Control of Your Finances and Live a Better Life (by Christopher Hayman)

Quick Tips to Take Control of Your Finances and Live a Better Life (by Christopher Hayman)

Quick Tips to Take Control of Your Finances and Live a Better Life When you don’t have a financial plan, it’s all too easy to get into financial trouble. And when you get into financial trouble, it can lead to stress, which can affect everything from your personal well-being to your relationships to your productivity at work. Rather than giving…

Creating Fun to Create Change (by Kim Philia)

Creating Fun to Create Change (by Kim Philia)

Creating Fun to Create Change Several years ago, I rescued a brown lab named Charlie, who had many bad behaviors; digging, chewing everything in the backyard, and intense aggression towards other dogs. These bad behaviors developed because he was left in his previous owner’s backyard by himself day and night. Hence, the reason for his undesirable behaviors was isolation and…

What? Infant Social and Emotional Development? (by Beth Russell)

What? Infant Social and Emotional Development? (by Beth Russell)

What? Infant Social and Emotional Development? Parents around the world want their children to grow up to be happy, secure individuals able to have healthy relationships throughout their lives. Only 80 years ago, most people believed that infancy was not very important in the development of a child. It was thought infants just needed to be fed and kept clean…

Is CBD Right for Me? (by Lucas Smith, PharmD)

Is CBD Right for Me? (by Lucas Smith, PharmD)

Is CBD right for me? As a pharmacist I have had many questions from my community about CBD, marijuana, and other hemp based products. In most of those circumstances I recommend full spectrum hemp oil. Chances are if you are one of the millions of Americans suffering from chronic pain, arthritis, migraine headaches, loss of motor control, depression/anxiety, or insomnia,…

Feeding Young Kids without Losing Your Mind (by Emily Anderson)

Feeding Young Kids without Losing Your Mind (by Emily Anderson)

FEEDING YOUNG KIDS WITHOUT LOSING YOUR MIND Feeding small children can be frustrating.  They seem to be constantly hungry, except not for the dinner you just spent 45 minutes preparing.  One day they love meat but the next they won’t touch it. And let’s not even talk about vegetables! Parents spend the first year of a child’s life very aware…

Better Than Jail (by Mike Orrill)

Better Than Jail (by Mike Orrill)

Better Than Jail Recently I had a gratifying experience….I went to Drug Court. No, I wasn’t in any trouble; I was invited by a friend in our county’s probation department. According to our friend Wikipedia, “drug courts are problem-solving courts in which the judiciary, prosecution, defense bar, probation, law enforcement, mental health, social service, and treatment communities work together to…

Preventing Farmer and Rancher Suicide: Collaboration and Communication

Preventing Farmer and Rancher Suicide: Collaboration and Communication

Farmers face a multitude of unique stressors, such as difficult economic conditions and extreme weather. These challenges have led to a recent increase in the number of farmers taking their own lives. Experts discuss warning signs of suicide and how communities can help farmers and their families address mental health concerns.  Click here to watch a 5 minute video  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iPDIyVAkeEo&feature=youtu.be%3Futm_source%3Dracupdate&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=update061919

The Safe Zone Project

The Safe Zone Project

The Safe Zone Project (SZP) is a free online resource providing curricula, activities and other resources for educators facilitating Safe Zone trainings (sexuality, gender, and LGBTQ+ education sessions), and learners who are hoping to explore these concepts on their own. In 2013, the SZP has become the go-to resource for anyone looking to add some Safe Zone to their life. …

Welcoming Schools

Welcoming Schools

HRC Foundation’s Welcoming Schools is the nation’s premier professional development program providing training and resources to elementary school educators to welcome diverse families, create LGBTQ and gender inclusive schools, prevent bias-based bullying, and support transgender and non-binary students.  Click here for more information:

Creating a LGBTQ Friendly Practice

Creating a LGBTQ Friendly Practice

Physicians who create an environment where all patients feel welcome can better meet their patients’ often complex health care needs. Find recommended standards of practice with lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender patients and additional resources to assist making your practice LGBTQ-friendly.  Click here for more information: https://www.ama-assn.org/delivering-care/population-care/creating-lgbtq-friendly-practice  

The Family Acceptance Project

The Family Acceptance Project

The Family Acceptance Project® is a research, intervention, education and policy initiative that works to prevent health and mental health risks for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) children and youth, including suicide, homelessness and HIV – in the context of their families, cultures and faith communities. We use a research-based, culturally grounded approach to help ethnically, socially and religiously diverse families…

The Center

The Center

GLBT Community Center of Colorado (The Center) opened in 1976 and over the years has grown to become the largest community center in the Rocky Mountain region, giving voice to Colorado’s all lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community and playing a pivotal role in statewide initiatives to reduce harassment and discrimination. Today we are focused on fulfilling our…

Denver Health LGBTQ Center of Excellence

Denver Health LGBTQ Center of Excellence

Denver Health LGBT Center of Excellence Denver Health has been recognized as a leader in LGBT health care by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation for five consecutive years, and with its national recognition and commitment to LGBT health care, Denver Health is proud of being an “LGBT Center of Excellence.” Denver Health is open, affirming and provides excellent care for…

The Trevor Project

The Trevor Project

Founded in 1998 by the creators of the Academy Award®-winning short film TREVOR, The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people under 25.  Click here for more information: https://www.thetrevorproject.org/about/#sm.0001xzd4qvh86ekx11teohroajt3k  

It Gets Better Project

It Gets Better Project

Watch an endless stream of inspiring stories shared by people just like you. Visit our Get Help page to find LGBTQ+ youth support services in your community. Or, sign our pledge to commit to a world where all LGBTQ+ young people are free to live equally and know their worthiness and power as individuals.  Click here for more information: https://itgetsbetter.org