Campaign under way to promote mental health

A campaign will continue through October in Mesa County to encourage conversations about mental health, self-care and a more supportive community.

Monument Health joined with Hilltop Community Resources to launch the inaugural OK2StepAway Challenge.

“In today’s fast-paced world, where the demands of work, personal life and societal pressures can often feel overwhelming, it’s crucial to prioritize mental health and well-being,” said Tyler Veatch, manager of employer solutions for Monument Health. “The Ok2StepAway Campaign is set to run throughout the entire month of October and aims to empower individuals to embrace their mental health journey.”

Susan Volkmann, a benefits coordinator at Hilltop Community Resources who works with employees of the organization, said it’s important to prioritize emotional well-being at home and work. “The OK2StepAway Campaign is a timely and essential initiative that promotes mental health, self-care and community support,” Volkmann said. “By embracing the weekly themes, participants can work toward a healthier work-life balance, reduce the stigma around seeking help, find solace in shared experiences and become more effective allies to those in need.”

Participants can visit the Ok2StepAway portal at https://ok2stepaway.com for resources and a step tracker. The step tracker enabled users to log their physical activity, fostering a sense of community and motivation to stay active, which in turn is known to have positive effects on mental health. The portal also offers workbooks tailored to each week’s theme.

The resources will guide individuals to find ways to step away from their daily stressors; ask for help when they need it; recognize that even if they aren’t okay, it’s okay; and support others who are struggling.

The campaign is scheduled to culminate on Oct. 28 with a 5-kilometer event.

“In a world where mental health challenges are increasingly prevalent, the OK2StepAway campaign reminds us that it’s OK to prioritize our well-being and support others on their journey to mental wellness,” Veatch said.

Based in Grand Junction, Monument Health operates the largest clinically integrated network in Western Colorado, working with health care providers and insurance companies to improve outcomes and lower costs. For more information, visit https://monumenthealth.net.