November 15, 2018

My road trip started in Aurora on Tuesday morning. Thirty-six hours and 400 miles later, I made it home with a flat tire and the names of about 12 dozen new friends.

Mental Health Colorado co-hosted community conversations this week in Breckenridge, Leadville, Cañon City, and Colorado Springs. Each group offered a grim reminder of what can happen when mental illness goes untreated: a son behind bars, a daughter drawn to drugs, a sibling lost to suicide.

What I also saw at every stop were men and women determined to make a difference. Now I’m asking you to join us.

My colleagues and I are fighting to make our state a national leader in the prevention and treatment of mental health and substance use disorders. That means bringing mental health professionals to more schools, genuine coverage to more families, and life-saving services to those in need.

You can support our work by participating in Colorado Gives Day. Colorado’s largest online giving event is Dec. 4, but you can make your tax-deductible donation right now.

We’re going to win this fight, one community—and one old car—at a time.

-Andrew Romanoff