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Black, Indigenous, and People of Color Mental Health Month

Addressing racism is a mental health priority. The systemic inequities that permeate all our lives prevent any of us from achieving healthier minds—and they cannot be ignored. Join us for the virtual event, where you'll hear from Dr. Apryl Alexander, D.U. Graduate School of Professional Psychology; Jason Vitello, Denver Public Health; and Neva Martinez-Ortega, Servicios de La Raza. Some questions our speakers will discuss include: How do systemic racism and cultural incompetence within systems of care affect Black, Indigenous, and People of Color? ...

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Black, Indigenous, and People of Color Mental Health Month

July 4, 2020 “I love America more than any other country in the world and, exactly for this reason, I insist on the right to criticize her perpetually.” – James Baldwin  July is the month Americans celebrate the birth of independence―it’s the month of the national holiday when we gather and celebrate our freedom. But in a country where Black, Indigenous, and People of Color are less likely to have access to mental health services and more likely to have lower quality care; In a country where Black, Indigenous, and ...

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Passing Laws!

June 26, 2020 Colorado took meaningful steps toward healthier minds across the lifespan despite the historic, interrupted 2020 legislative session, which officially ended just last week. The reduced state revenue resulting from the pandemic inevitably had an impact on our mental health and substance use policy work—and the fact that we made progress against such strong headwinds is cheering testimony to the prominence of mental health among the priorities of elected officials in both parties. Our 2020 Legislative Report and Legislator ...

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LGBTQ+ Communities and Mental Health

Mental Health Colorado believes that love is love—and love is one of the best medicines we have to support health across the lifespan. We are committed to pursuing equity for all Coloradans, especially those who have historically been and currently remain neglected and oppressed—or much worse—on account of sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning (LGBTQ+) individuals often face shame and discrimination, sometimes—and most painfully—within their own families. ...

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LGBTQ+ Communities and Mental Health

Mental Health Colorado believes that love is love—and love is one of the best medicines we have to support health across the lifespan. We are committed to pursuing equity for all Coloradans, especially those who have historically been and currently remain neglected and oppressed—or much worse—on account of sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression.  Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning (LGBTQ+) individuals often face shame and discrimination, sometimes—and most painfully—within their own ...

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What is Juneteenth? Please read.

Juneteenth is an annual holiday observing the end of slavery in the U.S. and marks the day (June 19, 1865) when news of emancipation reached people in the deepest parts of the former Confederacy in Galveston, Texas – two years after the Emancipation Proclamation had been formally declared. To celebrate Juneteenth and underscore our heartfelt understanding that Black Lives Matter, all Mental Health Colorado staff is taking time to reflect on the real and potential intersections of our mental health advocacy with antiracism. We’ve put together a list of ...

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Will the candidates on your ballot get this right?

Mental health matters to you. It ought to matter to your elected officials. At Mental Health Colorado, we can’t endorse candidates. But we can ask them where they stand. We want all Colorado voters to be confident that their leaders will guide us in the right direction when it comes to mental health. We asked candidates running for the state legislature, board of education, and district attorney what priorities they have in order to support the mental health of the population they seek to represent. We’ve created a platform for you to learn more ...

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No parents should have to live with worries like these…

No parents should have to live with these fears and worries—that established systems of justice, health care, education, and opportunity may exclude and possibly even harm their children throughout their lives. When I became a parent, I inherited a world of worries. I worry constantly about our sons—about all the hazards that can befall them on their way to becoming adults. So much to worry about, so much to keep me up at night: health crises, guns, drugs, sex, alcohol, cars, police encounters, bullies, violence, risk-taking, foolishness. But, because our boys ...

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In this together

May 8, 2020 Many of us are reluctant to rely on others for help, but everyone needs a team of supporters. If you’re feeling stressed or lonely and just need someone to chat with, we want you to know we’re right there with you.  Mental Health Colorado initiated In This Together to provide a little bit of social contact for you by phone. So if you’re struggling right now, complete this form and we’ll reach out to you as soon as possible just to talk! And as always, if you do feel you need additional support, visit our resource page at ...

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We can’t do it without you

These are challenging times for nonprofits, as they are for many individuals and industries. But with your help, the pandemic won’t keep Mental Health Colorado from working toward a strong start for all of Colorado’s children, disentangling mental health and criminal justice, making sure all Coloradans can access affordable mental health or substance use care, and ending shame and discrimination.  Stepping forward together, we can be stronger and better than before and create healthier minds across the lifespan. Today is Giving Tuesday Now, a new ...

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