Health

Putting one foot in front of the other

Putting one foot in front of the other

I think we have these myths in our heads about “real runners,” the ones that you see striding up the mountain without shirts on, or at the grocery store with long, sinewy limbs sticking out of mesh tank and lycra tights, perhaps holding a basket filled with broccoli rabe, coconut water and dried apricots. They have cool bumper stickers reading “13.1” and “26.2,” and acronyms for things we commoners don’t understand.

Stress shows up differently in every person

Stress shows up differently in every person

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, stress is “how the brain and body respond to any demand.” Every challenge faced in life — from learning how to roll over as an infant onward — is stressful. This can be very helpful at times, because it changes the body chemistry to allow for faster thinking and action, to flee or to fight.

Nurse’s association plans demonstration to bring mental-health treatment back to Kingston

Nurse’s association plans demonstration to bring mental-health treatment back to Kingston

The New York State Nurse’s Association is planning a motorcade to Albany to get the state legislature to take action to bring mental-health and detoxification services back to Kingston. Health Alliance has offered these services in the past, but some 60 Health Alliance beds were moved recently. Village of Saugerties trustee Donald Hackett and mayor William Murphy have been working on a resolution regarding the loss in the services. 

Ulster expands Mobile Mental Health Team

Ulster expands Mobile Mental Health Team

While two teams have been on call from noon to 10 p.m. and only one team on call from 10 a.m. to noon, the service will be expanded to a second team on call during the morning hours. Beginning in 2021, the Mobile Mental Health Team will also include a dispatcher at the 911 call center, who “will be a licensed clinician who will assist the 911 center operators in determining the appropriate intervention needed to respond to calls from individuals reporting on a behavioral-health-related issue.”