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The Connection Between Mental Illness & Violence Is Not A Given

After a mass shooting, there are words that come up time and again: "mental illness," "crazy," "monster." Words we want to reflect on with Moe Keller, the policy director for Mental Health Colorado. Listen now.

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Coloradans living with mental illness say comments after El Paso, Dayton mass shootings further stigmatize

By: Jessica Seaman August 8, 2019 Once again, as the nation reels in the aftermath of back-to-back mass shootings, mental health is a focus of discussion, with President Donald Trump on Wednesday saying of the perpetrators: “These are people that are really mentally ill, mentally disturbed.” “It’s a mental problem,” Trump said — echoing comments by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and others — before flying to Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, cities where gunmen killed 31 people and injured dozens more in two separate shooting sprees over the weekend. But ...

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Colorado’s New Psychiatric Advance Directive Process Goes Into Effect Aug. 2, 2019

July 31, 2019 Effective Aug. 2, 2019, Colorado law pertaining to behavioral health-related advance directives is changing. Under current law, an adult may establish advance medical orders for scope of treatment, allowing an adult to establish directives for the administration of medical treatment in the event the adult later lacks decisional capacity to provide informed consent to, withdraw from, or refuse medical treatment. However, Colorado House Bill 19-1044 will create a new “behavioral health order form” so that an adult may communicate his or her behavioral ...

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Where to start when seeking treatment for a mental health or substance use disorder

By Nancy VanDeMark – Interim President and CEO, Mental Health Colorado May 1, 2019 One million Coloradans face a mental health or substance use disorder each year, and only half get the treatment they need. For example, depression causes people to miss work more than any other chronic health condition, according to the World Health Organization. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Mental health and substance use disorders are treatable, and treatment is key to a full and meaningful life. Mental Health Colorado has ...

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For Our Spanish Speakers: Mujeres de C.O.L.O.R. con Miriam Estrada

Mujeres de COLOR con Miriam Estrada investigadora asociada de la organización para la Salud Mental de Colorado, hablando sobre la salud mental en la comunidad Latinx.

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Gov. Polis visits Pueblo, Colorado Springs to sign bills into law

By: Alasyn Zimmerman May 14, 2019 PUEBLO- With the legislative session over, Governor Jared Polis is signing bills into law. On Tuesday, the Governor made his way to southern Colorado: making stops in Pueblo and Colorado Springs. Among the bills Polis made law included bills to expand a medication-assisted opioid treatment program currently in Pueblo and Routt counties. The bill was Senate President Leroy Garcia’s top priority this session. The expansion will add programs in the San Luis Valley. Polis also signed a bill that creates a tracking ...

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Opinion: To prevent child maltreatment, we must strengthen families. Let’s start with House Bill 1193.

By: Jade Woodard and Nancy VanDeMark April 21, 2019 More than 250 people came together at the Capitol earlier this month to draw attention to the need to strengthen families — a time-honored tradition among advocates during National Child Abuse Prevention Month in Colorado. It is a time to recognize that we all play a role in improving the lives of children, youth and families. Link to full story here. Originally appeared on The Colorado Sun.

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Suicide of Sol Pais — Florida teen seen as threat to Denver-area schools — highlights mental health, mass tragedies

By: Jessica Seaman April 19, 2019 When Sol Pais traveled to Denver on Monday and bought a gun, it triggered a daylong search before she was found dead of a suspected suicide — an ending that has brought mental health and mass tragedies back into the spotlight on the eve of the 20th anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting. There’s still a lot unknown about the 18-year-old Florida woman’s trip to Colorado. But her death highlights both the rise in teenagers and young adults killing themselves and the complexity of mental illness and mass ...

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20 years later: How Columbine changed mental health response

April 18, 2019 The tragic Columbine shooting forever changed our schools and first responders – here’s how. We took a look at some of the resources developed in the aftermath of the Columbine shooting. One of the biggest changes, more access to mental health resources for our students. Sadly, numbers show it’s still not enough. Safe2Tell is an anonymous tip line where students or parents can report something concerning or threatening.  According to the Safe2Tell tip line , the most common tip they receive year after year is about suicide. The numbers ...

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American Tragedy: Love is Not Enough

By: KGNU News Staff April 18, 2019 Laurie Freeman has dedicated her life to advocating for mental health after the loss of her husband and son to suicide and her daughter to an overdose. She’s featured in a new documentary titled American Tragedy – Love is Not Enough. “In 2010 I lost my 19 year old son to suicide followed 7 months later by my husband taking his life. 5 years later my daughter overdosed on prescription drugs, so I got very involved with mental health, with suicide prevention, helped found the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention ...

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