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An exciting announcement

July 25, 2019 Friends of Mental Health Colorado: I am pleased to share the news that Vincent Atchity has been named Mental Health Colorado’s president & CEO. Atchity will provide strategic leadership to help Mental Health Colorado achieve its mission of promoting mental wellness, ending stigma, and ensuring equitable access to mental health and substance use services. As an accomplished, collaborative leader in public health, Atchity’s multi-industry expertise will leverage a statewide network of partners in advocacy, health care, government, ...

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The depth of your identity

  July 9, 2019 Research shows that Black, Indigenous, and People of Color receive lower quality mental health treatment, have less access to care, and face greater exposure to health stressors because of social, economic, and environmental inequities. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender youth report twice the prevalence of bullying. And last year, nearly half of all lesbian, gay, or bisexual youth in Colorado seriously considered suicide—more than triple the rate among heterosexual students. As we gear up for the 2020 legislative session, we’re ...

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Take it from Evan

June 13, 2019 Evan Silverman was diagnosed with schizophrenia at a young age. One conclusion he has come to throughout his recovery journey is that there is no blueprint for living with mental illness. Understanding your options for mental health and substance use treatment can make that process easier. That’s why we partnered with the Colorado Department of Human Services, Office of Behavioral Health to create the Mental Wellness and Addiction Recovery Guide, a free resource for Coloradans considering recovery. If you’ve sought treatment for yourself or ...

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One for the books

May 24, 2019 The 2019 Colorado legislative session was historic for individuals, families, and communities affected by mental health and substance use. Our agenda bills will add $20 million in spending for mental health and substance use services and supports statewide. As you’ll see in our 2019 Legislative Report and Scorecard, Colorado achieved significant policy wins that will: Increase the availability of mental health services for children and adolescents Strengthen and enforce laws requiring insurance companies to provide equal coverage for ...

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Mental Health Colorado’s Legislative Report Card

https://youtu.be/6vAP-6Fnidc Nancy VanDeMark, Mental Health Colorado’s president and CEO, along with key Mental Health Colorado legislative staffers, review the Colorado State Legislature’s successes and failures in enacting key legislation essential to meeting Colorado’s mental health and substance use treatment needs.

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Collective sorrow, insistence on meaningful change

April 19, 2019 These are heartbreaking times for our state. Just as we reflect on a school tragedy from 20 years ago and honor the memory of all its victims, we are reminded in the present day of ongoing challenges by yet another threat to our safety. Our sorrow and our dread continue. In this latest instance, we’re thankful to our first responders, school officials and understanding parents and guardians who acted quickly to secure the safety of our students, teachers and school administrators. In light of these recent and past events, Mental Health Colorado ...

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Text me

If mental health matters to you, it ought to matter to your elected officials, Aubree. That’s why we’re asking you to text us your questions about the state of mental health in Colorado. Colorado’s attorney general, speaker of the House, and lieutenant governor are answering your questions at our 25th annual Legislative Education & Advocacy Day. Just text 2019LEAD to 555888 to submit a question for our newly elected leaders. With only 44 days remaining in the legislative session, we’re wasting no time improving access to mental health and substance ...

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Three, two, one…

Three elected officials. Two weeks away. One important question. Our 25th Annual Legislative Education & Advocacy Day will bring together Attorney General Phil Weiser, Lieutenant Governor Dianne Primavera, and Speaker of the House KC Becker to share how the next administration will improve the state of mental health in Colorado. We are one of the physically healthiest states in the nation. We should be leading in mental health too—not letting people with mental illness or substance use disorders languish in jail, suffer in silence, or go bankrupt for care. ...

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2019 Suicide Prevention Day at the Capitol

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7etnVEOVQFQ&feature=youtu.be On Tuesday, February 26th, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Colorado Chapter joined together with Mental Health Colorado, Suicide Prevention Coalition of Colorado (SPCC), and National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Colorado to present the 1st Annual Suicide Prevention Day at the Capitol. State Capitol Days bring together passionate volunteers to advocate for state policy changes that will improve mental health and help prevent suicide.

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ZERO SUICIDE

Feb. 25, 2019 Imagine a Colorado where no more families suffer the tragedy of suicide. That’s the goal of Zero Suicide—a statewide approach to suicide prevention in health care settings. We’re urging lawmakers to support funding to expand Zero Suicide. Health systems that have implemented the framework have seen an 80% reduction in suicide deaths among patients in their care. Please call members of the Joint Budget Committee and urge them to put an additional $860,000 toward the Zero Suicide framework in the Department of Public Health and Environment’s ...

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