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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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A long way

December 17, 2019 Presione aquí para Español Friend, We’ve come a long way, but we still have a long way to go. Mental Health Colorado has come a long way since our founding in 1953. Just this year, our efforts and your support resulted in remarkable achievements­—such as increasing funding for mental health and substance use care, helping over 1,000 schools implement a comprehensive mental health framework, and leading the fight for the enforcement of mental health parity. Your dollars go a long way to support our work. The accomplishments listed ...

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This Thanksgiving

November 25, 2019 Presione aquí para Español Friend, I have much to be thankful for this year, and a great deal of that has to do with my mental health and the mental health of my family and friends. At the same time, I'm strongly aware that life can throw some curveballs. Countless others are in distress, and all of us are at risk. Mental Health Colorado was established to work with you and our community partners to make sure that all Coloradans have healthier minds. A few of the most important ways we do this is by improving access to high-quality, ...

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Making time for what’s important to us

November 1, 2019 Friend, 40+ hour work weeks, families to care for, errands to run. Our hectic lifestyles leave us little to no time to devote to the causes we care about most. Colorado Gives Day reminds us to give back with a few clicks of a button. But you don’t have to wait until December 10, you can schedule your donation today! Your support has enabled us to achieve some incredible accomplishments this past year. Together, we passed new laws and policies that will: Increase the availability of mental health services ...

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Statement: Arapahoe Student Suicide

October 25, 2019 Media contact: Flora Welsh, 502.727.4329 Mental Health Colorado issued the following statement today:  These are heartbreaking times for our community. Colorado lost a student to suicide this past week. Mental Health Colorado shares in our community’s collective sorrow, worry, and insistence on meaningful progress in understanding and prevention. What we can do Adults can support students impacted by these events. It’s important to provide reassurance, answer questions honestly, encourage kids to express their emotions, and be a little less ...

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Thank you!

Oct. 1, 2019 "If my parents didn't have the resources to help me when insurance couldn't, I would have died a long time ago. And that happens every day..." Katie spent 10 years in and out of addiction starting at age 14. She was ashamed of herself on account of her depression. She felt like a burden on her family. This led to self-harm and, ultimately, a suicide attempt. Katie never thought she would be where she is today—in graduate school at one of the top universities in the country. We recognized her at our 37th annual Tribute gala on Saturday night. ...

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Resilience

Sept. 9, 2019 “Every one of us is broken in some way or another.” Vic Vela came to this realization throughout his long journey through addiction. As a Colorado Public Radio host, Vic is a familiar voice to Coloradans. He’s also a voice of resilience, hope, and recovery. We’re honoring Vic at our annual Tribute gala this month. For 37 years, Tribute has brought together leaders in the community to celebrate our state’s progress in mental health. We’re not ready to declare victory—not when nearly half a million Coloradans go without care. ...

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Where to begin?

August 28, 2019 Dear Friends of Mental Health Colorado, My name is Vincent Atchity, and I’m honored to serve as Mental Health Colorado’s president and CEO. I look forward to working with our dedicated staff, board of directors, and community partners 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 I transition into my new role, I’m especially grateful for the support of Nancy VanDeMark, who served as interim president and CEO. Under ...

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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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