mental health

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A center offering residential drug and alcohol treatment in Durango moved a step closer to reality Tuesday.

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A 35-year-old Durango man, Delton Ben, was found dead near the water dock in Cortez’s City Park around 7 Thursday evening.

The Benefits of Meditation Practice

Jul 11, 2016
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Meditation is a practice that more and more evidence shows can have significant mental and physical health benefits. In this three-part series for Pandora's Box, KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Joanie Trussel, co-host of Pandora's Box, about what meditation is and is not, research into the health benefits of meditation, and some tips on how to start and maintain a regular meditation practice.

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The identity of a fugitive who killed himself at a home outside Cortez earlier this month has been released. Montezuma County Sheriff Steve Nowlin says 67-year-old Daniel R. Thrasher of Missouri Valley, Iowa, had been wanted on a federal warrant for possession for child pornography and had a record of similar offenses. He was staying at a home on Highway 145 when the sheriff was notified by Homeland Security of his possible presence. When confronted, Thrasher shot himself despite Nowlin’s efforts to dissuade him.

Luke Mehall

Luke Mehall is a self-professed dirtbag climber and author, whose latest book "American Climber" tells his story of how climbing saved him from his depression and struggle with addiction. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Luke about how he got started climbing, and why writing about his experiences has been an important part of his path to happiness.

Women In The Military: Changes and Challenges

Apr 29, 2016
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Veterans in the Four Corners area face challenges that many of us are not aware of. In this episode of KSJD's monthly Veteran's Affairs program, Tom Yoder talks with Dr. Sally Mead, a Readjustment Counseling Therapist with the Department of Veterans Affairs, about some of the issues that women veterans are facing, and why getting access to mental health services continues to be a problem for many vets.

Negative body image is a widespread problem that can have devastating effects on physical and mental health. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Pandora's Box host Joanie Trussel about how the media is mainly to blame for this problem, and what to do to regain a positive sense of our bodies.

Medicine Horses

Mar 29, 2016
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In this episode of the Big Fat Farm Show, host Kellie Pettyjohn talks with Lynne Howarth, the Executive Director of the Medicine Horse Center, about why horses are used in therapy for people of all ages, their special connection to human emotions, and the programs that the Medicine Horse Center offers.

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In this episode of KSJD's Veteran's Affairs program, KSJD's Tom Yoder and Bert Valencia of local VFW Post 5231 talk with Tony Seahorn, a Vietnam veteran who has post-traumatic stress, and his wife Janet about how PTSD has affected their family and the ways they have dealt with it to maintain healthy, loving relationships.

Why Kindness Matters

Feb 18, 2016
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In this episode of The Fish Bowl, KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Raquel Lucero, a student at Cortez High School, and Victoria Heman, who attends Dolores High School, about their thoughts on kindness, how they try to practice kindness in their lives, and the impact that kind acts have in the world.