National suicide prevention week highlights growing suicide rate

By Nicole Brady DENVER -- September 10th through 16th marks National Suicide Prevention Week. Colorado has one of the highest rates of suicide in the nation, averaging about three deaths from suicide every day. Mental Health Colorado President and CEO Andrew Romanoff lost his cousin to suicide in 2015. Since then he has made it his mission to spare other families the anguish his family has experienced. "What gets me up in the morning the notion that we don’t have to accept the status quo--we can do something. In fact, we could make Colorado a ...

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It’s National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

KUSA - Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S. According to government data, Colorado continuously has among the highest suicide rates in the county trailing Montana, Alaska, New Mexico, Wyoming, Utah and Idaho. This video originally appeared on 9News.

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Suicide prevention experts focus on talking about suicide

DENVER (CBS4)– Colorado is ranked 9th in the U.S. for suicides, that’s about 20 suicides for every 100,000 people. CBS4’s Alan Gionet interviewed Mental Health Colorado President and CEO Andrew Romanoff on CBS4 This Morning to discuss suicide prevention. When asked about the rising rate of suicide, Romanoff replied, “Easy access to firearms, stigma, some folks attribute the “Western mentality” of pull yourself up by your bootstraps, don’t get help. And the truth is half a million Coloradans aren’t getting the mental health care they need and ...

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Less than a minute

It will take you less than a minute to read this. By the time you’re done, two Americans will have attempted suicide. Within an hour, five will have died. By Saturday—when National Suicide Prevention Week comes to an end—20 people will have taken their lives in Colorado alone. Those are the facts. They do little justice to the agony that drives so many to suicide, or the anguish they leave behind. The good news: There are steps we can take to prevent suicide. Spot the warning signs. Call or text Colorado Crisis Services. Learn how you can help. It will ...

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Colorado DHS agrees to Pueblo meeting about CMHIP

From the FULL COVERAGE: CMHIP in crisis series BY PETER ROPER THE PUEBLO CHIEFTAIN PROPER@CHIEFTAIN.COM Top state officials responsible for the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo will have a town hall meeting in Pueblo next month to discuss the chronic staffing problems at the hospital. Lt. Gov. Donna Lynne and state Rep. Daneya Esgar, D-Pueblo, said they had each gotten the commitment for an October meeting from Reggie Bicha, director of the Colorado Department of Human Services. Bicha and other DHS administrators had a series of public meetings around ...

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Mental Health Colorado addresses crisis at mental hospital, state needs

 BY NAT STEIN The Colorado Mental Health Institute in Pueblo (CMHIP) treats pretty challenging patients — some referred from community health centers and some referred from the court system (if they're found "not guilty by reason of insanity" or their competency to stand trial is questioned, as in the case of Robert Dear Jr., the admitted Planned Parenthood shooter, who's currently committed to CMHIP). But the 449-bed, state-run hospital needs some help of its own. The Pueblo Chieftain's Peter Roper has been following this protracted story that took a dire turn ...

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Nonprofit addresses mental health workforce shortage

By Adam Uhernik PUEBLO, Colo. (KKTV) - The nonprofit Mental Health Colorado recently brought health care leaders around one table in Pueblo to brainstorm ideas on how to close the mental health workforce shortage and gap. "There aren't enough people going into the field of providing mental healthcare and there is not enough people staying in that field. We are trying to find out how to close that gap," said president and CEO of Mental Health Colorado, Andrew Romanoff. The issue came to the public's attention during the summer when the State Hospital in ...

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Elaine Gantz Berman

Elaine Gantz Berman has dedicated her professional work and community service to improving the lives of Colorado's children. In January, 2015, she completed eight years on the Colorado State Board of Education, and, previously served for eight years on the Denver Board of Education, including four years as its President. Prior to serving in elected office, Elaine also worked for 18 years as a program officer at the Denver-based Piton Foundation, focusing on a wide spectrum of children's issues including adoption, child advocacy, child poverty, teen pregnancy, child ...

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Pegi Touff

Dr. Pegi Touff has been on the Mental Health Colorado Board of Directors for nine years. She also serves on the organization's Development Committee which works year-round to help Mental Health Colorado generate support and increase visibility in communities across the state. She has served on several other boards and committees helping to direct and support mental health organizations. She is now retired after 25 years in private practice as a clinical psychologist, during which time she was also an adjunct professor at the Graduate School of Professional Psychol...

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