January 25, 2013
Last Thursday, January 17th, I teamed up with my fellow legislators from Aurora to host a town hall discussion focused on mental health issues. Along with my colleagues, I was delighted to be joined by a number of experts in the mental health field who provided us with an engaging discussion of the most prominent issues facing the state's mental health system in the future. These individuals included Moe Keller of Mental Health America, Terri Hurst-Greene of the Colorado Behavioral HealthCare Council, Sarah Sills of the state's Department of Human Services, Jennifer Hill of the Colorado Mental Wellness Network, and Dr. Lisa Clements of the State Office of Behavioral Health. As part of our conversation, we discussed the resources available to Aurora residents looking for assistance and information about the mental health field. For your use, I've posted several of these resources in the "Mental Health Issues," section under the "On the Issues," portion of my website. I hope that you find them useful, and I encourage you never to hesitate to reach out for help if you or someone you love is facing a struggle with a mental health condition. Working together to find new solutions and bolster our existing system, I am confident that we can make Colorado a more caring and responsive place for mental health care.
Senate Majority Leader
Senate District 29
July 23, 2010
This morning CPC (academic clinical research trials specialists) announced it is joining The Stem Cell Research Center at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora. This partnership will help bridge academic research with clinical applications in some key areas of concern to most people:
And it has the potential for saving lives and teaching us more about healthy living.
- heart disease
- cardiovascular illnesses
The research at the Stem Cell center has discovered how to work with adult stem cells, "regress" them to embryonic state, "correct", grow and strategically use them in ways to replace one's own damaged cells with one's own cells that are not damaged.
This is by no means the only type of research that is going on, but this research is showing promise for restoring vision in corneal cell translants to some people who have been blind, stopping and shrinking cancerous growths (even where metastasized) by better differentiating be cancerous and non-cancerous stem cells, helping with neural degradation, blocked arteries -- you name it.
Seems real progress often comes in understanding not only the treatment or management of symptoms but understanding disease mechanisms so we can better prevent or at least cure many of those conditions that can be most disabling.
This is also good news for us regionally on the economic development front in that:
- it attracts research grants
- generates intellectual capital and property
- fosters new bio-business development
- employs more scientists and researchers
And it has the potential for saving lives and teaching us more about healthy living. This is good news for jobs, economic development, intellectual pursuits, health care and quality of life for potentially millions of people. While nothing is a "silver bullet" I think it is important to highlight progress where it is happening.
March 20, 2010
After 6 years, State Senator Morgan Carroll (D-Aurora) and State Representative Su Ryden (D-Aurora) will be changing the location of their standing morning townhall meetings from E. Steamers Coffee to Mimi's Restaurant 205 South Abilene Street
at in Aurora.
"We have have outgrown the space that is available at E. Steamers Coffee and wanted to ensure we can accommodate our community's interest in participating in civics. We want to particularly thank the great folks at E. Steamers for their years of hospitality and service to the community", said Sen. Morgan Carroll.Coffee with Carroll & Ryden
will continue to take place on the 1st Monday of every month
(unless it is a holiday) from 7:00 - 8:30 AM providing updates from the legisature and seeking input from interest people in our community. The next meeting is Monday April 5, 2010. All are welcome. The meeting is open to the public and free.
The evening townhall (Meetings with Morgan, Su & Karen
) will continue as scheduled in the usual location for the 3rd Thursday of every month
at the Community College of Aurora, 16000 E. Centretech Pkwy, Aurora from 7:00 - 8:30 PM. The next meeting will be on Thursday April 15, 2010. The topic for April will be addressing Senior Issues. (Retirement, Health, Financial Planning, Probate, Long Term Care needs) All are welcome. The meeting is open to the public and free.
For the latest information about townhall meetings, visit www.senmorgancarroll.com
January 23, 2010
It is easy for all of us to minimize the impact of stress on our health and on our relationships, but the effects are quite real on us, our families, and our society. The Aurora Mental Health Center recently put out a publication with Mental Health Tips that I think is worth sharing with you.
- Connect with others. Humans are social animals and we tend to do much better when we feel supported, valued and understood. Join a book club, a basketball league, or learn to play golf. Take a class, catch up with old friends or help a neighbor.
- Stay positive. Negative thinking can draw you into a shell that's hard to escape from. Think negative…be negative and negative experiences will come your way. Be positive, think positive and positive people will be attracted to you.
- Get physically active. The human body was designed to move and the benefits of stress relieving hormones generated by the body will soon become obvious.
- Help others. If you help your neighbor, both of you benefit. Volunteer with a community organization, or just smile at a stranger. Do good, feel good.
- Get enough rest. You are more likely to accomplish all the things you want to in a day if you got enough sleep the night before.
- Create joy and satisfaction. Feeling good is good for you. Do something you enjoy, laugh, tell a joke…positive emotions can help you bounce back from stress.
- Eat well. You need good fuel to function well. Eat regularly, snack well, and don't miss a meal. Spikes in blood sugar can affect your mood and cause more stress.
- Take care of your spirit. Connect with whatever you feel is meaningful. It can be religion, nature, art, music or anything that gives your spirit peace and comfort.
- Learn to deal with hard times. Face adversity head-on. Get support. Learn to write down potential solutions, plans, even the effects stress has on you. We get better when we learn.
- Get professional help if you need it. If the problems in your life are preventing you from functioning, professional help can make a difference.
Aurora Mental Health Center
January 15, 2010
Below is some information about funding for Aurora Public Schools which may be of interest to families in our district.
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