Mental Health Minute

People often think of mental health issues as concerns that can wait for another day to be addressed. But the truth is, your mental health is just as important as your physical health. The events of 2020 have exacerbated things like fear, anxiety, isolation, domestic issues and financial distress. Those feelings and situations are real and it’s important to acknowledge them.

That’s why Options for Southern Oregon, ColumbiaCare and Jackson Care Connect have partnered with KOBI-TV to create Mental Health Minute.

Mental Health Minute offers coping strategies for a variety of mental health issues, including depression, COVID-19 concerns, substance use and everyday challenges we all face. Everyone needs help at times. It’s important to remember you’re not alone.

If you or someone you know is in crisis, call 911 or the 24-hour crisis hotlines:
541-774-8201 – Jackson County
541-474-5360 – Josephine County
800-273-8255 – National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Oregon YouthLine: Call 877-968-8491 or text ‘teen2teen’ to 839863.  Crisis text line: text 741741

Helpful links and contact info:

Oregon Health Authority:
NAMI Southern Oregon:
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (800-273-8255): 
Oregon Problem Gambling Resource (877-695-4648)
Alcoholics Anonymous Grants Pass (541-474-0782):
Alcoholics Anonymous Medford (541-732-1850):

Mental Health Minute: Balance

In this Mental Health Minute Matthew Havniear, ColumbiaCare Veterans Program Manager, shares a simple breathing exercise called “Strong Back & Soft Heart.” He shares how this can help, and then demonstrates how to do this valuable exercise.

Mental Health Minute: STOP

In this Mental Health Minute, Columbia Care’s Megan Shallenberger shares techniques for managing our emotions during stressful situations by remembering the acronym STOP. She walks through what each letter can remind us to do, and explains how it can help us during …

Mental Health Minute: COVID Separation

Shantel De La Fuente, the Options for Southern Oregon School Care Coordinator, talks about the impact of missed activities and loss of time spent with friends during this period of separation. She also shares some things we can all do to help …

Mental Health Minute: Getting Support Virtually

In this Mental Health Minute, Columbia Care Client Support Specialist Alexis Lewis talks about getting mental health support virtually. A virtual appointment using TeleHealth offers a safe, simple, secure, and convenient way to get help.  Alexis closes by reminding us all, “Don’t …