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A fantasy football team for mental health

“You’re not alone” are the three simple but powerful words that Denver Bronco Austin Fort will wear on his cleats this Sunday. The talented tight end has faced heartbreaking injuries, including a season-ending ACL tear. Austin knows how important mental health is to his overall wellbeing and performance as a professional athlete, which is why he has chosen to wear Mental Health Colorado’s logo this weekend. We’re honored to be chosen, and we can’t stop here. We want to build an entire fantasy team for mental health so we can finally end the shame and ...

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Mental Health Colorado: Affordable Care Act Statement of Support 

Mental Health America and Mental Health Colorado fought hard for many years to get the protections and services for people with mental health and substance use conditions into law. We will continue to fight against the repeal of the Affordable Care Act.  At a time when this country is facing a public health crisis unlike any before, eliminating health care access for 19 million citizens is neither cost-efficient nor constructive. Before the implementation of the ACA, over 50 % of personal bankruptcies in the U.S. were due to health care costs.  Symptoms of a ...

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As coronavirus cases continue to surge, don’t forget to prioritize your mental health

The colder months are here, driving many of us indoors. The stress of one of the most contentious elections in our nation’s history has left us feeling divided and frustrated. And coronavirus numbers are surging, affecting everyone’s mental health.   According to a recent report from Mental Health America, our mental health needs are growing and our harmful substance use is on the rise.  As the days get darker, many of us experience seasonal depression, even in the best of times. This year, it goes beyond seasonal depression. Watch out ...

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You only have 24 hours

We’ve heard inspiring stories from our members this past year. It’s these stories of hope, recovery, and, too often, tragedy, that inspire and empower the work we do to create healthier minds across the lifespan. We want to share some of these stories with you this Saturday at 7 p.m. at our 38th Annual Tribute Gala. You only have 24 hours left to secure your spot.  Here’s what else you can expect: Host: Reggie Rivers, Former Denver Bronco Keynote: The Honorable Patrick J. Kennedy, Former U.S. Representative; Founder, The Kennedy ...

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Really, 2020?

2020. Enough said. Who needs a vacation? We hear you! Our silent auction is OPEN and we’ve got a lot of exciting items —including some getaways—for you to bid on. We can’t promise you an escape from 2020, but we can promise some much-needed R & R. Take a look at a few items here. Register for Tribute right now to check out the silent auction items and start bidding! 38th Annual Tribute Gala   Date: Saturday, October 10 | 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. Click here to register  Sincerely,   Vincent Atchity President & CEO Me...

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Kennedy for Colorado’s Mental Health!

“For far too long, those with mental health and addiction challenges have been relegated to separate and unequal systems of care in this country. Together we must continue the fight to right that wrong and eliminate the roadblocks that prevent people from getting help. Colorado is leading the way, and I’m proud to be part of the movement.”  -Patrick J. Kennedy, Former U.S. Representative, Rhode Island The Honorable Patrick J. Kennedy, former U.S. Representative for Rhode Island, is one of our nation’s greatest mental health champions. He will join ...

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One goal

Sept. 24, 2020 You may have heard, but if not, Mental Health Colorado is hosting a series of candidate forums ahead of election day with one goal: ensuring all Colorado voters are confident that anyone they are voting for will lead us in the right direction for mental health. The dates for the forums are as follows: State House – Thurs., Oct. 1 at 12:00 p.m. State Senate – Tues., Sept. 29 at 12:00 p.m. District Attorney and Board of Education – Tues., Oct. 13 at 12:00 p.m. I hope you’ll join us! Sincerely, Vincent Atchity, President ...

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Hey, it’s Vincent

It’s almost here—our Virtual Tribute Gala is 23 days away! And while things look a little different this year, that doesn’t mean we’re any less excited about what’s in store. Before you get too enthusiastic and click on this registration link, I just want to remind you of what’s to come. Former Denver Bronco Reggie Rivers is joining for the second year in a row and Patrick J. Kennedy, former Congressman from Rhode Island, is joining the Tribute crew for the first time to deliver the keynote. Our team has been hard at work creating a silent ...

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End shame and discrimination

Sept. 9, 2020 Jacob was once ashamed of admitting that he had autism and depression. “There was a moment when I decided I wasn’t going to tell people I had it,” said Jacob. “I wanted to be held to high expectations—the same as anyone else. And I think in that, I squandered an opportunity to be true to myself.” None of us is immune to mental health or substance use concerns, and we should never have to feel ashamed of the state of our mental health. Mental Health Colorado works every day to end shame and discrimination associated with ...

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Recognizing Recovery

People can recover. People do recover. Mental Health Colorado strives every day to create healthier minds across the lifespan and reduce the potential harm from drugs and alcohol. Every September for National Recovery Month, we join the rest of the nation in celebrating the millions of Americans in recovery from harmful substance use. We are proud of our work to help those in recovery—including three notable pieces of legislation: We led the fight to hold insurers accountable for mental health parity—the law that says they must cover me...

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