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Colorado Edition: What Say You?

Wednesday, October 14, 2020 Originally appeared on KUNC Today on Colorado Edition: We get a look at how ballot signatures are verified in Colorado. We’ll also check in on the race for the state’s third congressional district and we’ll learn more about one of the state ballot questions, Proposition 117. We’ll also hear what local candidates for district attorney and the state board of education are thinking about mental health issues and solutions. How Your Ballot Signature Is Verified As the election nears and misinformation about voter fraud ...

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Colorado nonprofits anxious about crucial fall fundraising period amid pandemic, recession and political uncertainty

Originally appeared in the Denver Post October 12, 2020 Colorado nonprofits anxious about crucial fall fundraising period amid pandemic, recession and political uncertainty The 38th Annual Tribute Gala should have been the nonprofit organization’s biggest fundraiser of the year. But moving to a virtual event and simply suggesting people donate left Atchity and other staffers uncertain about their future budget. Read the full article. 

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NEW IN-PATIENT CARE, ROUTINE TELE-HEALTH, AND MORE OPPORTUNITIES FOR MENTAL HEALTH TREATMENT IN COLORADO ACCORDING TO MENTAL HEALTH COLORADO’S MOE KELLER

Originally appeared in thecoloradohealthreport.com …our accommodations to the coronavirus, combined with a re-evaluation of the mental healthcare system in Colorado, are leading to new strategies to treat people with mental illness. As we continue to find our way through the COVID19 pandemic; our accommodations to the coronavirus, combined with a re-evaluation of the mental healthcare system in Colorado, are leading to new strategies to treat people with mental illness. That’s according to Mental Health Colorado’s (MHC’s) Director of Advocacy Moe ...

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Mental Health Colorado hosts series of candidate forums

September 30, 2020 By: Libby Stanford Originally appeared in The Summit Daily. Voters will have the chance to hear from Colorado Legislature candidates on their stances surrounding mental health. Mental Health Colorado, a nonpartisan mental health advocacy group, is hosting a series of virtual forums on the topic. The first forum, which included candidates for state Senate, took place Tuesday, Sept. 29. Senate District 8 candidate Karl Hanlon attended. His opponent, incumbent Sen. Bob Rankin, did not attend. People who weren’t able to attend can watch the live ...

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Mental Health Colorado takes positions on Nov. 3 ballot

October 2, 2020 Originally appeared in Colorado Politics By: Joey Bunch Mental Health Colorado made its position known on four ballot issues Friday, including support for paid family and medical leave, a tax hike on nicotine products and repealing the Gallagher Amendment, while opposing an across-the-board reduction in the the state income rate. The advocacy organization said its positions support families by supporting the long-term health of children and young people. Proposition 118 would provide a state-run insurance plan to ensure 12 weeks of paid ...

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Mental Health Colorado to host online candidate forums

Originally appeared in The Huerfano World Journal Mental Health Colorado to host online candidate forums DeNVeR — As a nonpartisan organization, Mental Health Colorado doesn’t endorse candidates, but the nonprofit advocacy group is educating candidates and constituents from all parties about the urgency of supporting healthier minds across the lifespan for all Coloradans. Mental Health Colorado will host 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 ...

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Coronavirus has made Colorado’s mental health crisis worse | Vince Bzdek

September 26, 2020 By: Vincent Bzdek “This is the worst mental health the country's ever been in,” said Vincent Atchity, head of Mental Health Colorado. “We're a state in distress.” Read the full article in The Gazette

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Colorado Suicide Hotline Calls Spike During Covid-19 Pandemic

September 11, 2020 Originally appeared in New 99.1 Country Thursday, September 10 is World Suicide Prevention Day and the suicide prevention hotline is 800 -273 -8355. When the pandemic hit, Colorado recorded a 40% decrease in suicides in March and April, as reported by the Denver Post. However, later on, calls to the suicide prevention hotline spiked by 48%. According to Mental Health Colorado, our state consistently has one of the highest suicide rates in the country. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in America with  Colorado in the top third ...

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Guns Killed Four Times More People of Color Than Whites in Colorado

September 9, 2020 By: Michael Roberts Originally appeared in Westword Guns don't discriminate. They're capable of killing anyone, no matter their age, gender or physical characteristics. But in Colorado, they're far more deadly to people of color. During the first eight months of 2020, during which ninety people were killed by firearms in Colorado, around three-quarters of the victims were people of color, according to the National Gun Violence Memorial. This percentage is far from what would be expected given Colorado's demographics. As of July 2019, ...

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‘Everybody feels it’: Mental-health challenges of working from home, pandemic confront Boulder County residents

September 5, 2020 Originally appeared in the Boulder Daily Camera Since John Tayer, Boulder Chamber CEO and president, began working remotely his dress attire has changed. While it still includes a button-up shirt and a tie, he has swapped dress slacks for comfortable shorts. Instead of going into the Chamber offices to work, his couch, or occasionally the dining table, is his office. But working from home isn’t as relaxing as it sounds. Tayer and other Boulder County professionals in high-stress jobs that are newly remote are learning how to balance family, ...

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