GROUP INTRODUCES MENTAL HEALTH TOOLKIT

May 16, 2017 - Talking and learning are two of the most important things people can do when it comes to mental health. Andrew Romanoff and Dr. Sarah Davidon with Mental Health Colorado share why it's so important to talk about these issues with kids. Originally appeared on 9News.

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MENTAL HEALTH IN AMERICA – YOUTH DATA

Youth Ranking States with high rankings have lower prevalence of mental illness and higher rates of access to care for youth. Lower rankings indicate that youth have higher prevalence of mental illness and lower rates of access to care. The 7 measures that make up the Youth Ranking include:  Youth with At Least One Past Year Major Depressive Episode (MDE)  Youth with Alcohol Dependence and Illicit Drugs Use (Marijuana, Heroin, Cocaine)  Youth with Severe MDE  Youth with MDE who Did Not Receive Mental Health Services  Youth ...

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COLORADO SCHOOLS GET HELP TO PROVIDE MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES

By: Nicole Brady, Denver7 May 14, 2018 DENVER — May is Mental Health Awareness month, and Mental Health Colorado is pushing for schools to be primary resources for kids facing a mental health issue. "The first signs of mental illness typically appear during adolescence, but most people don't get the care they need until eight or 10 years later, if they ever get it at all," says Andrew Romanoff, Mental Health Colorado's president and CEO. Mental Health Colorado says addressing mental health in schools leads to improved school climate, academic ...

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A NEW GUIDE AIMS TO HELP COLORADO SCHOOL DISTRICTS OFFER MENTAL HEALTH TO STUDENTS

By: Ann Schimke A new toolkit to be officially released Monday will help Colorado educators, parents, and district administrators infuse mental health support into classrooms and schools. The 60-page online guide from the nonprofit Mental Health Colorado comes out at a time when many school leaders say they desperately need help addressing students’ mental health needs and districts have increasingly emphasized social and emotional skills. The guide includes 10 key practices for promoting mental health in schools, including offering ...

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TALKING WITH MENTAL HEALTH COLORADO’S PRESIDENT ABOUT DISORDERS AND OUR YOUTH

May 10, 2018 Originally appeared on 9News.

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MENTAL HEALTH IN KIDS: GOING BEYOND DISEASE-DRIVEN APPROACHES

By: Cecilia Brown MARQUETTE — Two children are diagnosed with serious medical conditions — one child is diagnosed and has a plan for health-based school services put into place almost immediately, while it takes nearly two years for the other child to receive the health services and supports in school that they need. The two children were similar in many ways, but had one key difference — the latter child had been diagnosed with a mental illness. “A mental health issue and a physical health issue, why do they look so different when it comes to ...

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LAWMAKER PUSHES BILLS TO HELP CHILDREN SUFFERING FROM MENTAL ILLNESS

By: Shaun Boyn, CBS4 Denver May 8, 2018 DENVER (CBS4) – The state legislature will wrap up the 2018 session Wednesday. Among the issues getting a lot of attention this year was mental illness. Colorado has one of the highest suicide rates in the country. Lawmakers introduced nearly 40 bills covering a wide range of mental health issues including substance abuse. One of the lawmakers carrying the bills understands the issue first hand. Rep. Dafna Michaelson Jenet, a Democrat from Commerce City, says her son attempted suicide when he was just 9 years ...

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ONE OF TWO SUICIDE-PREVENTION BILLS MAY WIN APPROVAL

By; Mary Shinn, Durango Herald May 8, 2018 One measure to fund suicide prevention in schools failed in the Colorado Senate this week, but a similar measure could win approval before the state’s legislative session ends today. State Rep. Barbara McLachlan, D-Durango, backed the measures aimed at creating grant programs for schools to introduce suicide prevention programs. SB18-272 is pending in the House. McLachlan sponsored the Senate bill, along with three other lawmakers. It calls for setting aside $400,000 in grant funding for public ...

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GOING, GOING…

May 10, 2018 One hundred and twenty days after they began, state lawmakers wrapped up their annual session last night. What do we have to show for it? When it comes to mental health care, quite a bit. We championed more than a dozen bills, almost all of which are now on their way to the governor’s desk. Among our top priorities: helping Coloradans navigate the insurance system (HB 1357); secure treatment and housing in the wake of a mental health crisis (SB 270); receive residential or inpatient care for substance use disorders (HB 1136); and obtain mental ...

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FREUDIAN SIPS AVAILABLE AT PANGEA COFFEE ROASTERS FOR MENTAL HEALTH MONTH

April 30, 2018 Pangea Coffee Roasters created a special blend for Mental Health Month. The “Freudian Sips” blend is available throughout May in half-pound bags and fresh pour-over. All proceeds will benefit Mental Health Colorado, the state’s leading advocate for the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of mental health and substance use disorders. “We know mental health is a big topic right now,” said Pangea Coffee Roasters Owner Matt Kurgan. “We want to do as much as we can to give back to this important issue. Everyone is touched by mental health in some ...

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