CHOW Mental Health Amuse’ Course
Through 2021, CHOW is offering a unique Mental Health Amuse’ Course. These six hours of training is free for industry professionals and is meant to shine light on some of the most pressing issues affecting workplace wellness.
Week One: Wellness and Work, Defined We introduce a measurable perspective on wellness capital, healthy boundaries, and set some S.M.A.R.T. goals.
Week Two: Mental Health at Work You’ve heard of HACCP plans… We will write personalized MHSSP (Mental Health Self-Service Plans) and take a look at anxiety, depression, PTSD/C-PTSD, disordered eating, and work addiction.
Week Three: Recovery: Myths and Stigma We’ll look at the stages of change, describe some of the many alternatives and common approaches to personal and family recovery.
Week Four: Topic: On Being Supportive We will discuss and practice listening actively, asking good questions, and assessing our own styles of communication and conflict.
These 90 minute sessions are held Wednesday 12-1:30PM, Thursday 7-8:30PM, Friday 9-10:30AM MST, please CLICK HERE to register and note that all are in MST. This allows individuals to drop in as their shifting schedules allow, you can take what you can one month and make up classes in other months.
Register in advance for This Training. Go to the meetings calendar to register for specific courses.
Why Get involved?
Come to a CHOW meeting if you’re feeling something you can’t share with coworkers, friends or family. Come to a CHOW meeting to meet with your restaurant family and talk about what is working and what isn’t working in your life. Come to a CHOW meeting if you’re feeling lonely.
We all have a state of mental health, whether it’s good or bad, let’s talk about it.
Research shows that Group Discussions have a transformative effect on both individuals and systems. They:
- Improve quality of life.
- Improve whole health.
- Empower people to make the best decisions.
- Help them strive towards their goals.
How to volunteer
Your time is valuable and you want to put it to good use. Why not invest it in the important work of making sure our community focuses on their mental health? It’s easy, fun, and so important in our ability to get the word out. Contact us to find out about volunteer opportunities.
Peer Support Job Description – Part time, Paid Position:
CHOW is seeking a compassionate certified peer support/peer recovery specialist to assist in conducting peer led interventions. In this role, you will be required to set up, facilitate, and/or attend support group meetings and provide all followup support needed including responding to any emergencies as needed. This position also requires experience of working with human beings in the substance misuse or mental health field, desire to guide others in recovery, and the knowledge of local and national resources. This is a part time position, and will only require 1 – 2 hours/week. At least one year experience in the hospitality industry is required.
Event Planning Committee – Part time, Volunteer Positions
We are creating an event planning committee to help CHOW host a fundraising event next year, 2022. We have an event coordinator hired to do the heavy lifting. We need your creativity and connections! We already have some ideas but need volunteers who are passionate about changing mental health and substance abuse in the hospitality industry to help. The ideal candidates for membership on this committee will be some of the following:
- Friendly and outgoing
- Have the unique ability to not give up after four people say ‘no’ because they recognize that the next person they talk to may solve all of their problems!
- Creative, fun and possess excellent communication skills (verbal and written.)
- Know how to ask for stuff…and get it for free! Not any easy task per se, but in this job a little charm goes a long way!
One person can’t do it all. If a few of these bullet points describe you, please apply to join our planning committee. Contact for more info
CHOW is seeking volunteers to serve on an education committee to help CHOW create a manual for wellness and review our mental health Amuse course.
The ideal candidates will possess one or all of the following:
- Lived experience with mental health or recovery
- Work experience in hospitality/restaurants
- Recognizes all pathways to recovery, i.e., harm reduction
- Find joy in learning and/or teaching
- Respect for evidence based practices set forth by SAMHSA/ Mental Health America, etc.
- Passion for creating mental health, wellness, and recovery friendly workplaces
- Actively desire to participate in brainstorming discussions; expresses ideas and feedback
- Good content review/editing skills
If any of these bullet points describe you, please apply to join CHOW’s education committee. Contact for more info
Speakers and Writers:
“One day you’ll tell your story of how you overcame what you went through and it will become someone else’s survival guide.” – Brene Brown
We will share your speech or story with our community on our facebook page and website. There’s a saying, “there’s a lid for every pot.” Your story may be the one that reaches someone who needs to feel that community connection and gives them the strength to move on.
How to Become
Is your business or organization looking for a way to invest in our hospitality community? With sponsorship opportunities ranging from $1,000 to $30,000, there is an opportunity for everyone’s budget to make an impact.
For more information, please contact Executive Director, Erin Boyle.
Below are some examples of how CHOW will utilize your generous contribution:
General Sponsorship $1,000-30,000 | CHOW is a young nonprofit organization and it relies entirely on grants and donations. A general sponsorship donation will help us with all bills as they arrive. Everything from paying for our Zoom platform to paying our discussion coaches. This style of donation allows our Council to utilize the funds in the manner that will best serve the organization.
Program Sponsorship, $30,000 | Help us spread CHOW to other cities. This donation would allow us to find and hire industry professionals to host meetings, provide funds for clinical care, spread printed material, and all aspects related to creating a CHOW chapter.
Incentivizing Wellness, $1,000-10,000 | We believe that good mental health behavior should be encouraged and rewarded. Our members can track their discussions, therapy, fitness, etc…and be rewarded when they reach milestones. This donation will allow us to provide healthy rewards for the effort each person makes towards improvement.
Newsletter, $10,000 | Help us fund and create a printed newsletter. Getting our newsletter printed and mailed is an excellent way to ensure the inclusion of the multitude of restaurants, hotels, and distributors. Sponsorship of the newsletter tells readers you are committed to advocating for better mental health in the restaurant industry.
Monthly E-mail Newsletter, $2,500 | We send out our newsletter each month to our community. The e-newsletter is full of information about all of the ways readers can get involved with meetings and classes, help themselves, get care, or volunteer.
Direct Clinical Care Services Opportunities
Clinical Services $1,000 – $10,000 | Your donation will provide clinical care for members of CHOW. Our industry usually doesn’t provide health care benefits and your contribution would allow us to provide therapy at no cost to the individual.
To keep our meetings and discussion groups free and accessible to all, we rely on grants and individual donations. Please give whatever you can and support mental wellness in the hospitality industry.
Start a Meeting
If you would like to start a meeting in your area, please contact us and we will help you create a group. We will provide a welcome package including how to structure a meeting, ideas for fundraising, educational and branding material.
Let’s talk about it!
Have a question? Looking to get involved as a business or individual?
Fill out the contact form below, and we’ll get back with you soon.
CHOW 280 E 1st Ave #1969 Broomfield, CO 80038