Shannon Gwash

About Shannon Gwash

Shannon Gwash is the Director of Wellness Services for Jefferson Center for Mental Health and is also a Certified Mayo Clinic Wellness Coach. She earned her MS from the University of Denver in Strategic Health Communications/Behavior Change. She has nearly 10 years of experience in the communication world and nearly three in parenting … which clearly makes her an expert there. To stay sane, she runs around Sloan’s Lake, hikes with her daughter, enjoys outdoor concerts and reads nerdy books.
18 Jul, 2015

4 Tips to Stay Healthy This Summer

By | July 18th, 2015|Categories: Mind & Body|Comments Off on 4 Tips to Stay Healthy This Summer

Mental health and physical health are largely connected, so by taking care of your body, you're also taking care of your mind. Here are five things to remember this summer to help you take care [...]

14 May, 2015

What Can You Do To Help End the Stigma?

By | May 14th, 2015|Categories: Stigma|Comments Off on What Can You Do To Help End the Stigma?

One in five Americans will have a diagnosable mental health condition each year; yet nearly two-thirds do not seek treatment. What keeps people from getting help? One reason is stigma. Fear of rejection, discrimination, and [...]

1 Apr, 2015

Unplug and Help our Younger Generation

By | April 1st, 2015|Categories: Mind & Body|Comments Off on Unplug and Help our Younger Generation

National Public Health week is this week, April 6-12, 2015! Jefferson Center joins the public health community in rallying around a goal of making the U.S. the Healthiest Nation in One Generation-by 2030. The goal [...]

1 Mar, 2015

8 Choices that Promote Healthy Aging

By | March 1st, 2015|Categories: Mind & Body, Senior|Comments Off on 8 Choices that Promote Healthy Aging

Research is beginning to uncover some key factors that contribute to a long and healthy life. We can make choices that influence our own health and wellness. Here are some key factors that affect the [...]

1 Feb, 2015

Stress Reactions: When to Get Help

By | February 1st, 2015|Categories: Stress|Comments Off on Stress Reactions: When to Get Help

Some reactions are normal and others indicate trouble ahead. If you or someone in your family find prolonged signs of the following behaviors, it may be time to seek assistance. Unexplained crying or sadness Suicide [...]

1 Jan, 2015

Happy New Year!

By | January 1st, 2015|Categories: Depression, Stress|Comments Off on Happy New Year!

It's a new year, a clean slate. For many of us, it's a time of reflection, renewed hope and resolutions. How will you make the most of the next 365 days? Consider adding a couple [...]

1 Jan, 2015

Helping Children and Youth Through Difficult Times

By | January 1st, 2015|Categories: Parenting, Trauma|Comments Off on Helping Children and Youth Through Difficult Times

Talk honestly about the incident and share some of your own feelings about it. Children and teens need to feel informed when they see their parents and other adults reacting to a crisis. Encourage children [...]

27 Dec, 2014

Children’s Reactions to Disaster & Trauma

By | December 27th, 2014|Categories: Trauma|Comments Off on Children’s Reactions to Disaster & Trauma

Children's responses to trauma vary according to the age of the child. Generally, children respond by reverting to behavior typical of an earlier developmental stage. These responses are considered NORMAL if they are of brief [...]