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What’s six hours old, 142 pages long, and capable of changing one-sixth of the American economy? If you guessed the “Better Care Reconciliation Act,” you’re right. Senate Republicans just released their plan to repeal and replace Obamacare. That gives us one week to weigh in on the proposal before the Senate is expected to vote on it. We oppose many of the provisions we’ve seen, including threats to mental health and substance use services -- which insurers might no longer have to cover as essential benefits -- and deep cuts to Medicaid. We want to hear ...

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Sandra: My daughter’s story

Although my daughter Brandy had a very difficult life for many reasons, she was a beautiful, vibrant and amazingly wonderful person. Her heart was filled with giving, humor, compassion, and caring. She had the most radiant smile and gorgeous brown eyes. People loved to hear her laugh and watch her dance. She was so filled with life and was always the one to bring people together. Always creative and smart, brave and gentle, she strove to be her best self. Her spirit was strong and her soul was pure. Brandy was born in 1971, in Colorado Springs. She had severe ...

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Helping men take care of their mental health

Andrew Romanoff, President of Mental Health Colorado, stopped by 9NEWS on Father's Day to talk about men's mental health and how to take care of the men in our lives by taking care of their feelings.

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A critical gap

How do we recruit more mental health professionals -- and retain those we have? Those questions gained new urgency this month. A severe staffing shortage has plunged Colorado’s largest psychiatric hospital into turmoil. Federal regulators have told the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo that its conditions pose an “immediate and serious threat to the health and safety of patients.” The institute will lose an estimated $12 million in Medicare and Medicaid funding -- roughly 13 percent of its total operating budget -- on June 28 unless it implements ...

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Men’s Health Month: Man Therapy

The statistics say it all: working-age men (25-64 years old) account for the largest number of suicide deaths in the United States. They are four times more likely than women to die from suicide. These men are also the least likely to receive support – they don’t talk about their experiences with friends and family or ask professionals for help, according to the Colorado Office of Suicide Prevention. During Men’s Health Month in June, Mental Health Colorado wants to focus on changing this mindset. Men must talk about their feelings. A local advertising firm, ...

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Summit Daily editorial: State has far to go in addressing mental health crisis

Colorado's county jails have become the last resort for our broken mental health system. Getting a psychiatric bed for a person in crisis can be a time-consuming challenge that frequently falls to law officers. Consequently, patients deemed a risk to themselves or others often wind up isolated inside a stripped-down cell designed to prevent suicide. That's regardless of whether they've been charged with a crime or not. Here in Summit County, the average number of hours people spend in mental health jail holds has risen from 44 hours in 2014 to 651 last year, a 1,365 ...

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Biking the California coast for mental health

A local triathlete starts a journey Wednesday, June 7th cycling about 2-thousand miles to raise awareness for mental health. 25-year old Coloradan Dominique Stasulli is biking the entire Pacific Coast Highway from Seattle to San Diego in about two weeks. She says she’s never seen the Pacific and wanted to do something for a cause that’s important to her while she’s on vacation. She has PTSD and depression from experiencing emotional and physical abuse when she was a child. "As I ride these 2,000 miles, please join me vicariously in supporting the mental ...

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Lea: The light at the end of my tunnel

My story began at a rather young age. Mental illness runs heavily in my family – most notably mood disorders such as bipolar depression and major depression. I was directly impacted by my father’s struggle with major depression and subsequent suicide when I was nine years old. This traumatic loss at such a young age led me down a dark road as I found myself face to face with heavy thoughts and feelings that I can only imagine were similar to my father’s. It scared me because I was too young to understand what these thoughts and feelings were, or what they ...

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Amy: They don’t bring you casserole

We caught our son Blake smoking pot when he was barely thirteen. I naively believed we could love and parent him out of it. We would educate him on the numerous reasons why drug use would negatively impact his health and potentially shorten his life. We presented the potential consequences, getting kicked out of lacrosse, or school, or worse entangled with the law. If not the future consequences, maybe the loss of privileges would motivate our son to abstain from using drugs. Certainly, our disappointment in his choice to use drugs would have some influence, right? But ...

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Martha: Remaking myself

My name is Dr. Martha Heppard and not only am I an internationally known and respected physician and surgeon in the field of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and now a nationally respected fine art artist, but I also have a bipolar II condition. Let me get right to the heart of my story. In March of 2002, I was actively seeing patients in my private practice and conducting clinical research for industry when, over a few days, feelings of mild depression swept over me. I couldn’t shake this mood for months. So, I sought help from another doctor. He diagnosed me as having ...

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