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COVER STORY | Hard times yield good prospects for Colorado’s mental health care

April 11, 2021 By: Joey Bunch Originally found in The Colorado Springs Gazette Colorado's need for mental health care has never been greater, after a year of living under the dark clouds of COVID-19, economic disruption, social unrest, record wildfires and another mass shooting. Government money has never been easier to come by. Peanut butter, meet jelly. The problem for the General Assembly, with billions to divvy up, is priorities and followthrough, more than politics or money, according to advocates and lawmakers engaged in figuring it out. Read the ...

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Coloradans Are Bracing for a Mental Health Crisis After COVID-19

April 2021 By: Jenny MCCoy Article originally found in 5280 Brittany Kochar, 31, weathered the first six to eight months of the pandemic fairly well. But as time dragged on, the Littleton resident, who in 2019 was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder after her sister was murdered, began to feel the isolation eroding her mental health. Toward the end of 2020, Kochar’s anxiety, frustration, and PTSD increased—and they’ve only intensified in the new year. “Recently, I felt a lot like this isn’t really living, this is just surviving,” Kochar says. ...

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Rep. Amabile: Solitary confinement is tantamount to torture. Our bill would restrict it in Colorado’s jails.

By: Rep. Judy Amabile, April 4, 2021 Originally found in the Colorado Sun This past year has been one of loneliness and isolation for many. We have been denied the company of family and friends. The things that bring us joy and help us mark the time have been taken away. Social distancing and quarantine have taken a toll on our collective mental health. However, as we’re isolated with Netflix and take-out, we should reflect on what it’s like to be isolated between four cement walls, with nothing but a mat on a concrete slab and a toilet. Nothing to look at but ...

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Spike in suicides in El Paso County jail highlights shortfalls of mental health care for those behind bars

April 3, 2021 By: Olica Prentzel Article originally found in The Gazette After a 33-year-old man took his life last week while incarcerated at the El Paso County jail, the number of suicides in the facility since 2019 rose to five, after nearly a decade when none were reported. Their deaths come as suicides remain as the No. 1 cause of death in jails nationwide and as the El Paso County jail juggled mental health providers after a report found "critical shortfalls" in the jail's former health care contractor. After making the switch to a new contractor, ...

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King Soopers workers face panic attacks and anxiety-filled days after mass shooting

March 31, 2021 By: Vicente Arena Originally appeared on Fox31 Denver BOULDER, Colo. (KDVR) — The past week and a half has been rough on King Soopers employees after the shooting at the Boulder grocery store on March 22. Some of them tell us the shooting has left them on edge. Therapist weighs in on ways to keep us ‘Boulder Strong’  Outside the King Soopers in Boulder, some of the flowers have begun to wilt. Signs are beginning to fade. But for Logan Smith, memories of the shooting here nine days ago are still fresh and haunting. “I went to ...

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What deems a person mentally ill in a gun background check?

March 29, 2021 By: Rob Low BOULDER, Colo. (KDVR) — Even if the man accused of killing 10 people at a Boulder King Soopers ends up using a mental illness defense, it’s no surprise a background check didn’t flag Ahmad Alissa as mentally ill when he bought his weapon six days before the mass shooting. Defense attorneys for Alissa told the judge they need time to learn his history of possible mental illness. Suspect in Boulder King Soopers shooting appears in court; accused of attempting to murder a 2nd BPD officer  Alissa’s brother told the Daily Beast ...

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Trauma From Boulder Shooting Can Impact Those Who Are Far Removed From Event

March 26, 2021 Originally appeared on CBS4 Denver BOULDER, Colo. (CBS4)– As what could easily be considered the worst week in Boulder’s history begins to come to a close, many people remain shocked, saddened and hurt. The grief in the city and around Colorado are hard to deal with for many people. Another mass shooting in Colorado has people reacting in many different ways. “Yeah, I’ve been thinking a lot about that,” said Vincent Atchity, President and CEO of Mental Health Colorado. “This is not mental health by any stretch of the imagination and ...

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More Coloradans are seeking mental health help, but there aren’t enough professionals for everyone

March 26, 2021 By: Meghan Lopez This news story originally appeared on the Denver Channel DENVER — The past twelve months have been incredibly difficult for Coloradans to cope with. Along with an unprecedented pandemic that led to lock downs, cuts in services, death, illness, job loss and more, the state has also experienced massive wildfires, calls for social justice reforms, a contentious 2020 election, an insurrection at the U.S. Capitol and now a mass shooting. Any one of these events is enough to cause someone to need counseling from a mental health ...

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Proposed Law Would Limit the Use of Solitary Confinement in Colorado

March 26, 2021 By: Aubree Hughes, Director of Communications, Mental Health Colorado Originally appeared in the Pagosa Daily Post As in most other states across the nation, individuals with serious mental health conditions are entering Colorado’s criminal justice system at alarming rates, as a result of unmet health needs. Some of the most seriously ill of these individuals, many of whom are jailed pre-trial and are still presumed innocent of any crime, are placed in solitary confinement, where their health deteriorates further. Mental Health Colorado and ...

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Colorado Springs-area children, teens suffer mentally from pandemic pressures

March 21, 2021 By: Jakob Rodgers & Debbie Kelley As Lexi Rowland’s schoolwork piled up and her friends down the block seemed like a plane trip away, a serious funk descended on the Discovery Canyon Campus High School senior. Loneliness reached in, grabbed on and refused to let go — even as she realized fellow students were complaining of the same malaise. “My mental health had definitely tanked throughout this pandemic,” said 18-year-old Rowland, who will graduate in May. “School is so overwhelming, and we don’t even get to see ...

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