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No one said it’d be easy…

It’s an age-old classic of American folklore that grandparents used to get an eye roll from their children by saying things like: “You know, when I was your age I used to have to walk three miles to school, in the snow, barefoot!”  Every generation has trials to face and challenges to overcome. My grandmother used to say: “No one ever said that life was going to be easy.” As a kid, hearing about how your elders had to walk to school barefoot in the snow may not have seemed very helpful. But the point of the storytelling was to share the perspective and ...

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Some kind of hero

March 23, 2020 Over the past few days, I’ve looked through some old books that present accounts of living through experiences that are somewhat comparable to what we’re all going through now. What becomes apparent in stories—as well as in our own lived experience—is that in the context of a pandemic, our survival and wellbeing call for a very different kind of heroism. Rather than the traditional sort of hero, most of the heroes we need to defeat the pandemic are a kind of dream-team collective who stay inside, practice patience, provide support and ...

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The exact opposite of social distancing…

March 19, 2020 As we all know so well now, effective disease prevention demands that we stop gathering in crowds, that we work and study remotely, and that we create some health-preserving space between ourselves and others. The expectation is that physical distance will keep the virus from spreading so quickly. So, physical distancing, yes please! But social distancing? I don’t know why we all settled on that term so quickly, but social distancing is the exact opposite of what’s best for our mental health right now. What we need is social ...

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The only thing to fear

We are in this together, and we are smart and strong. Isn’t it hard to believe that just a week ago so few of us could have imagined how topsy-turvy so many things could get so fast? And yet, here we all are—adjusting to dramatic changes, and facing uncertainty. Of course this is unsettling. Of course we find ourselves anxious, and find unexpected strain on our mental health. But we are in this together, and we are acting based on the best guidance of our health science for the purpose of saving lives. This is an opportunity for us to show how strong ...

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Response to COVID-19

We are always available to assist members of the media. For all press inquiries, please contact us: Aubree Hughes, Director of Communications: 405-615-3845 | AHughes@mentalhealthcolorado.org Flora Welsh, Communications Associate: 502-727-4329 | FWelsh@mentalhealthcolorado.org Mental Health Colorado President & CEO Vincent Atchity released the following statement: If you’ve ever doubted that mental health and physical health are closely related, you’re probably not so doubtful anymore! As we learn about more cases of COVID-19 and all the measures that ...

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Not a criminal, not a crime

People who need health care shouldn’t be transported in handcuffs. But that’s exactly what happened to Sandra’s son, Drew. In the midst of a mental health crisis, Sandra took what she thought was the right course of action by taking Drew to the hospital. Later, Drew was handcuffed and transported to another hospital in the back of a police car. “I was on the floor begging them not to treat my son in this manner,” Sandra said. “Drew has never regained his trust in treatment providers or in police officers. Drew and I have been deeply and forever ...

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Colorado can’t wait 20 years

March 2, 2020 It’s a common refrain among Coloradans that their insurance plans don’t adequately cover mental health and substance use, despite state and federal parity laws that require equal treatment for mental and physical health. Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey just announced settlements with five insurance companies that had been investigated for imposing unlawful barriers to mental health and substance use care. We commend Attorney General Healey and her staff for prioritizing consumers and bringing our country one step closer to mental health ...

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Healthier Minds Across the Lifespan

At every moment in our lives, a healthier mind beats the heck out of the alternative. A strong start for children goes a long way, but through all phases of life, we need each other’s support to do well. Mental wellness should always be the objective for us as we grow up and get older. Mental Health Colorado is your voice for creating healthier minds across the lifespan. We’ve created a platform of bipartisan bills that provide steps in a better direction. We’re nearly a month in to the 2020 legislative session. Send an action alert today to let your ...

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Where will you sleep tonight?

 What would your mental health be like today if you didn’t know where you were spending the night? Stable housing is a number one requirement for improving health outcomes. And for many individuals with mental health and substance use concerns, maintaining stable housing is a persisting challenge. Communities that invest in supportive housing have reduced reliance on some of the most costly parts of our system. It’s far cheaper—and better for the mental health of the community—to invest in supportive housing than it is to manage these challenges ...

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Opening Day!

Imagine a Colorado where the workforce is large enough to help all Coloradans who need care. Imagine a Colorado where families don’t have to squander their savings on treatment for their mental health or substance use condition. Imagine a Colorado where a call for mental health help doesn’t lead to criminal charges. The 2nd session of the 72nd Colorado General Assembly starts today, and we have an ambitious agenda. Want to help? Join us today! Sincerely, Vincent Atchity President & CEO Mental Health Colorado

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