Colorado, Like Other States, Trims Health Programs Amid Health Crisis

As a teenager, Paulina Castle struggled for years with suicidal thoughts. When her mental health was at its most fragile, she would isolate herself, spending days in her room alone.

“That’s the exact thing that makes you feel significantly worse,” the 26-year-old Denver woman said. “It creates a cycle where you’re constantly getting dug into a deeper hole.”

Part of her recovery involved forcing herself to leave her room to socialize or to exercise outside. But the COVID-19 pandemic has made all of that much harder. Instead of interacting with people on the street in her job as a political canvasser, she is working at home on the phone. And with social distancing rules in place, she has fewer opportunities to meet with friends.

“Since the virus started,” she said, “it’s been a lot easier to fall back into that cycle.”

Between the challenges of the pandemic, the social unrest

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Las muertes ocultas de la pandemia de COVID

BROOMFIELD, Colorado. – En apariencia, Sara Wittner había retomado el control de su vida. Después de una recaída en diciembre en su lucha contra la drogadicción, la joven de 32 años completó un programa de desintoxicación de 30 días y comenzó a aplicarse una inyección mensual para inhibir su deseo de consumir opioides.

Estaba comprometida para casarse, iba a trabajar para una asociación de salud local y asesorar a otros sobre adicciones.

Hasta que llegó la pandemia de COVID-19.

De un día para otro, el virus derrumbó la red de contención y apoyo que había construido cuidadosamente a su alrededor: no más reuniones en persona de Narcóticos Anónimos, no más charlas de café con un amigo o con su patrocinador.

A medida que los pacientes con el coronavirus colmaban hospitales y clínicas, su cita para recibir la siguiente inyección mensual se empezó a retrasar de 30 a 45 días.


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For A Black Social Media Manager In The George Floyd Age, Each Click Holds Trauma

Recently, as I scrolled the more than 1 million tweets connected to the hashtag #Black_Lives_Matter, this is what flashed before my eyes: the black-and-white dashcam video of Philando Castile’s girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, in handcuffs crying, her 4-year-old daughter trying to comfort her; protesters in Berlin standing in solidarity with the BLM movement; a Now This video of a young Black girl calling herself ugly; police attacking protesters and protesters fighting back; an image of George Floyd unable to breathe.

Suddenly neither could I. My chest tightened, my heart beat faster and hot tears began to bubble from my eyes.

For a person of color, engaging in this moment of collective trauma — whether by watching and sharing the video of George Floyd’s death, discussing racial injustice on social media or speaking out in the 3D world — involves anxiously teetering across the fine lines between personal experience, obligations to the

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