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Three Ways You Can Contribute to Changing The Mental Health Culture

2/2/2021 - The current culture and system surrounding mental health care and treatment is suffering, and it has failed us. Every day we hear things like “suicide rates for teens is highest in Colorado” or “access to mental health care is nearly impossible”. Learn what you can do right now to help!

Stress is Growth! How to help your kids navigate anxiety

4/8/2021 - Let’s try to change our mindset. “Stress is Growth”. As a parent, protecting your child from stressful situations is a natural instinct, but letting a child move through a stressful time can teach them how to handle stress.

Mentally Stronger Together: Why relationships are a priority

4/15/2021 - We encounter many different people and many different relationships every day.  Learn how to be mentally strong in your relationships and why are are all stronger together.

8 Ways to Raise Mentally STRONG Kids

4/19/2021 - Last week we had the opportunity to be featured on Parents.com . The article highlights the growth wheel and gives advice on ways to empower your kids to have mental strength and references a segment of our Raising Mentally STRONG Kids course. We encourage everyone to click the link above and get a sneak peek at our course content. 

Empowering Your Children: Raising Mentally STRONG Kids

4/22/2021 -Sometimes it can be difficult to feel like you are empowering your children, because it always feels like there is so much to do, and you just need your kids to cooperate. Unfortunately, right when you need them to listen, they start getting upset, or overwhelmed, maybe even throwing a tantrum, which then leads to you being upset and overwhelmed. 

Learn to Adapt When You Don't Succeed

5/10/2021 - Do you feel like you are always repeating the same patterns in your life even though you are trying really hard to make changes that positively impact you and your life? When this is happening it’s important to remember that you aren’t failing, you just haven’t figured out how to reframe your thoughts and actions and make the necessary changes that you need. 

How to Have Compassion For Yourself

5/18/2021 - Having compassion for ourselves can feel impossible sometimes. If you aren’t managing all of the stress and tasks in your life, it’s easy to blame yourself and feel like you aren’t good enough or you’re a person who “doesn’t have it together”. When those negative self-talk feelings start creeping in it is important to ground yourself and stop that negative self-talk.

How to Talk to Your Family or Loved Ones about Your Mental Illness: Guest Author Tatiana Rainey

5/18/2021 - Around 44 million Americans have a mental illness. That means if you're not living with one, you know at least one person who is. Mental illness can be confusing, intimidating and even debilitating; trying to make sense of it isn't always the easiest so imagine how hard it is to understand for someone not experiencing it. Maybe you just received your diagnosis and are struggling with how to talk to your support system about it. Coming from someone with my own extensive mental health obstacles, I hope to provide you with some guidance to start those tough conversations you're preparing yourself for.

The Second Shift: Learning to organize your brain in handling responsibilities

5/24/2021 - The second shift is a sociological theory created by researcher and author Arlie Hochschild. In her book “The Second Shift” she investigates the dynamics of family life and the division of responsibilities between married couples. Over ten years of spending time in homes and observing their lives, she concluded that in the majority of heterosexual marriages the wife handles a larger percentage of household responsibilities.

Press Release: Navy Nurse Creates Community Online and Care App Addressing Overcoming Depression, Suicidal Thoughts, and Resolving Conflict

5/26/2021 - Psychiatric nurse practitioner, Dr. Cristi Bundukamara, is changing the landscape for mental health care by launching her own proprietary mobile app and online course programs featuring a unique care model, The Mentally STRONG Method, as the foundation. 

Dr. B Featured on Our Town with Sarada Connors

5/28/2021 - Psychiatric nurse practitioner, Dr. Cristi Bundukamara, is changing the landscape for mental health care by launching her own proprietary mobile app and online course programs featuring a unique care model, The Mentally STRONG Method, as the foundation. 

A Letter to Someone Who is Struggling

5/31/2021 - Life can be really hard, and no matter how hard you’re trying, if you feel like you are not getting any better, I want you to know that there are people and interventions that can help you. Even if you feel like you just want everything to stop, and that ending the pain will make it better, we want you to know that suicide cannot be an option, and we want you to choose to fight for the future that you have so much potential to achieve. 

Press Release: Mental Health Expert Launches Online Program to Address Growing Mental Health Crisis in Children

6/3/2021 - With a national increase in youth depression and suicide, Dr. Cristi Bundukamara, a Colorado Springs psychiatric nurse practitioner, is addressing these mental health concerns by not only acting as a mental health resource and care provider, but by building a stronger foundation for future generations with the launch of an online program, Raising Mentally STRONG Kids. The program is designed to help parents support their children through mental health concerns, in conjunction with mental health treatment by professionals.
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