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Mental Health Colorado starts initiative for Coloradans to connect with friends, allies, and neighbors

Originally appeared on My Prime Time News “In This Together” initiative will help build social closeness as we maintain social distancing guidelines ~ DENVER— This is undoubtedly one of the most stressful times imaginable for many. This pandemic drives the message home that our physical health and our mental health are not separate. To combat feelings of loneliness, isolation, and stress, and to get through this pandemic with healthier minds, Mental Health Colorado started “In This Together” as a way to connect people with people—and just to chat. People can ...

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Suicides in Colorado dropped 40% during first 2 months of coronavirus pandemic — but calls to crisis line spiked

By: Jessica Seaman Originally appeared in the Daily Camera Colorado recorded a 40% decrease in suicides in March and April as social-distancing policies aimed at slowing the spread of the novel coronavirus kept residents home, according to provisional death-certificate data from the state health department. The data helps paint a complex picture of the mental and emotional toll of the COVID-19 pandemic. While suicides are down from 2019 levels, Colorado Crisis Services saw an almost 48% increase calls in March and April compared to last year, with most callers ...

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Embracing our business uncertainty together for employee mental health

By Steve Ebner Originally appeared in The Denver Business Journal Are you OK? It’s a simple question, but its impact can be dramatic. Now more than ever, mental health should be part of every manager’s checklist. Managing one’s mental well-being is challenging in the best of times. Now it is daunting. The suddenness of how Covid-19 has changed our workplace and family life has accelerated stress. We worry about adapting to remote working, getting gravely sick, suffering a job loss and watching assets like our 401k and our home lose value. For most ...

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These bills will help create healthier minds across life spans in Colorado

Originally appeared in the Denver Business Journal Written by: Vincent Atchity, President & CEO, Mental Health Colorado “The first wealth is health.” Ralph Waldo Emerson penned these words knowing that good health is essential to a full and flourishing life. But there is no health without mental health — mind and body are inextricably linked. From before birth and well into old age, mental health is key if we are to thrive. Mental Health Colorado defines seven goals for creating healthier minds across the life span. A strong start for all children...

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`In This Together’ initiative helps build social closeness

Posted on the Wheatridge Transcript Staff report Mental Health Colorado program helps Coloradans connect The coronavirus pandemic has driven home the message that our physical and mental health are not separate. To combat the loneliness, isolation and stress, and to get through the pandemic with healthier minds, Mental Health Colorado has started “In This Together” as a way for Coloradans to connect with people and just to chat, according to a news release. Residents can sign up on Mental Health Colorado's website, and they will receive a supportive call just ...

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`In This Together’ initiative helps build social closeness

Originally appeared on the Westminster Window Mental Health Colorado program helps Coloradans connect Staff report The coronavirus pandemic has driven home the message that our physical and mental health are not separate. To combat the loneliness, isolation and stress, and to get through the pandemic with healthier minds, Mental Health Colorado has started “In This Together” as a way for Coloradans to connect with people and just to chat, according to a news release. Residents can sign up on Mental Health Colorado's website, and they will receive a supportive ...

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Feeling Lonely, Disconnected During The Coronavirus Pandemic? You’re Not Alone

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Mental Health Colorado starts new initiative to combat feelings of loneliness, isolation and stress

By: Tony Keith Originally appeared on KKTV DENVER (KKTV) - A new initiative in Colorado is hoping to help combat feelings of loneliness, isolation, and stress during a pandemic through something as simple as a conversation. Mental Health Colorado announced the "In This Together" initiative on Wednesday. The campaign hopes to connect people with people. Those who want to take part can sign up on Mental Health Colorado’s website by clicking here and they will receive a friendly, supportive call just for the therapeutic sake of old-fashioned conversation. ...

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Feeling lonely during the pandemic? Mental Health Colorado offers good old-fashioned conversation

By: Anusha Roy Originally appeared on 9News

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Budget cuts could undermine behavioral health progress, especially for at-risk demographics

By: Faith Miller Originally appeared in the Colorado Springs Independent Colorado lawmakers and budget staff have a grueling task ahead of them: accounting for a projected $3.3 billion budget shortfall due to the economic downturn occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic. Draft budget proposals prepared by Joint Budget Committee staff show that no department will emerge unscathed. One area that’s particularly vulnerable is behavioral health care. The sector, which encompasses treatment for mental health and substance use disorders, has been a priority for both major ...

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