Blog Series: Well-being and Resilience During the Pandemic



Voices from the Field

Voices from the Field is a six-part blog series that focuses the reader on the spiritual, physical, and mental wellness of providers responding to the global health pandemic. In this series you will learn techniques that leaders and behavioral health providers have incorporated to address the needs of the people they serve. These stories also describe their efforts to support their own well-being. The series includes voices from leaders serving Region 8 states including Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming.  


Finding Resiliency "In the Moment"

February 9, 2021

Lindsey McCarthy is the executive director of Southern Plains Behavioral Health Services, based in Winner, SD. Being "in the moment" with all she does, being kind to others, and injecting a dose of fun into monthly all-hands meetings have contributed to building resiliency in McCarthy and her team.  

Setting Goals and Celebrating Success

February 16, 2021

Laura Schmid-Pizzato is the manager of recovery services at Southwest Counseling Services, in Sweetwater County, WY. She utilizes goals to facilitate growth in both herself and her staff, and builds resiliency by recognizing the positives in any situation.

Enhancing Well-Being Through Faith

February 23, 2021

John Ahola is a chaplain at Altru Health System in Grand Forks, ND. Chaplains are a pillar of support, emotionally and spiritually, for patients, patients' family members, and hospital staff. Ahola describes the "Blessing of the Hands" ceremony, which includes a short prayer or words of thanks and affirmation.

Improving Mental Health with Physical Activity

Coming Soon

Jacki Hillios is the deputy executive director for The Phoenix, a sober community with a focus on physical activity based in Denver, CO. Hope, connections, and putting one foot in front of the other are the three ideas that Hillios and The Phoenix use to promote well-being.

Upcoming Blogs

Voices from MT and UT are coming soon!

Blog Developers

  • Connor Murphy
  • Thomasine Heitkamp


Structured interviews were conducted by freelance writer, Connor Murphy, and then transformed into individual stories of resilience. Oversight of the series was provided by Thomasine Heitkamp, PI and Co-Director of the Mountain Plains Mental Health Technology Transfer Center and the Mountain Plains Addiction Technology Transfer Center. If you have questions about this blog series or would like more information about the work of the Mountain Plains MHTTC please contact David Terry, Mountain Plains MHTTC Program Manager: