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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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Protecting unauthorized immigrant mothers improves their children’s mental health


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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Mental Health Colorado offers help for kids and teens going back to school

COLORADO SPRINGS - by Bill Fulsom Along with new clothes and supplies there is a suggestion for parents to pay attention to their kids mental health as they head back to school. The non-profit group Mental Health Colorado is offering some on-line help. Through MentalHealthColorado.org there are a few tools for parents to check on their kids mental wellness. There is a section called screening. Within the category there is a list of numerous potential mental illness issues. Each one links to a short doctor approved screening test. It is not a diagnosis but it may ...

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Opioid treatment funding

Mental Health Colorado's President and CEO Andrew Romanoff talks about federal funding and the opioid crisis with 9News.

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Mental Health Colorado hiring regional coordinators across state

POSTED BY J. ADRIAN STANLEY A leading mental health advocacy group plans to hire “regional coordinators” across the state to help identify and address issues on a local level. And the first coordinator being hired is a half-time position for the Pikes Peak Region. Andrew Romanoff, president and CEO of Mental Health Colorado, a nonprofit advocacy group that’s a branch of Mental Health America, spoke to the Independent about the new program during a visit to the Springs. He said the new coordinator will focus on understanding barriers to mental health care, ...

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