All posts by: ProjectHelping

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November 6, 2018

How Building Architecture and Layout Affect Mood: A Guest Post by Gary Ashton

The spaces we inhabit can impact us in more ways than we might think. From our homes to the places we work, architecture in our environment can have both positive and negative consequences on our mental health. While some aspects may be more impactful than others, even small details can influence our mood in subtle […]

November 1, 2018

Volunteer On The Go With Kynd Kits

Busy schedule? Lots going on? Always working or on the go? No time to volunteer during the week? Life can get busy sometimes, it happens. But it is still important to continue to maintain your mental health no matter how busy you are. This means taking the time to relax, even when you feel like […]

October 30, 2018

Recognizing Postpartum Depression

Postpartum depression seems overlooked in discussions about mental health, despite how dangerous it can be for moms and for families. But what is postpartum depression? The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) defines it as “a mood disorder that can affect women after childbirth.” Feelings of extreme sadness, exhaustion, and anxiety can make it difficult […]

October 25, 2018

Little Shoes for Little Feet: Volunteer at Clothes to Kids of Denver

Clothes to Kids of Denver is a donation-based boutique that seeks to provide quality clothing to low-income and at-risk youth. Many low-income kids do not have proper clothing for the winter months or their clothes don’t fit right. This can hurt their education by lowering their self esteem or lead to bullying. Clothes to Kids […]

October 23, 2018

It’s Not All in Your Head: When Depression Gets Physical

“It’s all in your head.” We’ve heard that before. People say this to invalidating someone else’s mental health challenges. Problems in the brain cause mental illnesses, but that doesn’t make them any less real. It would be like saying that lung cancer is “all in your lungs” and therefore nothing to be concerned about. This […]

October 18, 2018

Gourmet at SAME Cafe: A Volunteer Experience

SAME Cafe is one of the first nonprofit restaurants to open its doors in Denver! With no set prices or a set menu, SAME Cafe operates as a donation-based restaurant. When you walk in in, you can dine on several ever-changing options for soups, salads, and a main dish. In exchange for a healthy meal, […]

October 16, 2018

How to Reduce Anxiety in Kids

  Increasing Rates of Depression and Anxiety in Kids A recent article from NPR discussed rising rates of anxiety and depression in kids and teens. According to one study, 1 in 3 adolescents (ages 13 to 18) meet the criteria for an anxiety disorder. The CDC recently found that 32% of teens reported persistent feelings […]

October 11, 2018

Why it is Important to Volunteer as a Family

Everyone knows that volunteering is a great way to improve the community while also helping your mental health. Sadly, volunteer events can fall to the bottom of your to-do list amid the hustle and bustle of life. Especially with kids going back to school, family time can get interrupted by projects and after school activities. […]

October 9, 2018

High-Functioning Mental Illness is Valid

In a post for The Mighty, Marisa Lancione told the story of a time she sought help for her depression. When she went to counseling services, a counselor told her “Well, you’re dressed nicely today. You don’t look like you’re struggling.” Marisa was wearing a lace pink cardigan with long sleeves to cover up the cuts […]

October 4, 2018

Farmer For a Day: Volunteer at DeLaney Community Farm

The DeLaney Community Farm in Aurora, CO is the result of a partnership between Denver Urban Gardens and Project Worthmore. DeLaney’s mission is to support refugees through sustainable agriculture and community building. The farm provides refugees with training and community integration while providing freshly grown food for the broader community. Project Helping volunteers lend their […]