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August's Letter from the Director

Published August, 1 2021

growing plants

This summer I decided to plant a small flower garden in addition to the vegetables we always grow. It felt important to have something beautiful to look forward to after such a traumatic year.

So, I picked a small patch of earth in a neglected part of our lawn and went to work hand tilling and pulling out all the grasses and weeds that had accumulated there over the years. Then, I put a handful of seeds in the ground and hoped for the best.

Before anything ever sprouted, the thistle took over. And it seems for every one I dig up, three more take its place.

Attending to our mental wellness–and our community’s–can often feel the same way. No matter what we do, it’s never good enough. What we want to grow doesn’t take root or blossom as fast as we want it to. The thoughts come back, the feelings come back. We relapse. We lose someone we love.

Caring for ourselves and those around us is a never ending process that can be daunting at times. And yet, the sunflowers are still growing. The sweet peas still desperately trying to make their place among the mess.

There’s good happening even if all I can see at times is the prickly jumble of thistle.

And yeah, sometimes, it is too much. The work required to keep my flower bed in order overwhelms me. So, I recruit the help of my husband and kid because I can’t pull all the weeds by myself and still show up in the other areas of my life like I want to. Plus, my used-to-be-landscaper husband happens to be an expert at thistle extermination.

The same is true for you, too.

There’s help. You don’t have to tend to your stuff alone. It’s okay to not be okay. AND, it’s okay to ask for help.

We know that there are members of our community who are suffering and not getting the care they deserve.

That’s why we’re expanding our Crisis Counseling Program, which pays for qualified valley residents to get six free sessions with a local counselor, to include Consultation and Connection.

When we’re struggling it can be impossible to know what to do and who to turn to. Let us help.

Connect with us and we’ll do the rest. Whether it’s understanding all the options for mental health services in the valley, getting scheduled with a provider, or solving a mental health related issue you or someone you love is having we’re here.

And like all things, it takes time to grow and flower. Please be patient with us as we work the kinks out of these new offerings.

Email info@tetonvalleymentalhealth.com for more information and to connect. Links on our website are forthcoming.

We look forward to helping you tend to what you want to grow.

Love,
Sara