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Gardner’s national 9-8-8 suicide hotline bill passes Senate

May 15, 2020 By: Anusha Roy, Dacia Johnson Originally appeared on 9News U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO), introduced this bipartisan legislation with Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Jerry Moran (R-KS), and Jack Reed (D-RI).   WASHINGTON — A bill that would designate 9-8-8 as a national suicide prevention and mental health crisis hotline unanimously passed the Senate on Wednesday. U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO), introduced this bipartisan legislation with Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Jerry Moran (R-KS), and Jack ...

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Colorado Crisis Services gets record-breaking number of calls during pandemic

By: Anusha Roy Originally appeared on 9News DENVER — The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) said the Colorado Crisis Services line had a record-breaking volume on inquiries in February, March and April of this year. In March, the crisis line received 20,000 calls, texts and chat requests for mental health services, up 47% compared to March 2019. In April, that number dipped a bit to 17,772. In an email, the state said they do know many community-level risk factors are on the rise. Through April, 60% of the calls were COVID-19 ...

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Pandemic poses challenges for youth mental health

By: Faith Miller Originally appeared in the Colorado Springs Independent It’s not just missing out on big events — senior prom, championship games and graduation — that makes the COVID-19 pandemic difficult for teens stuck at home, says 18-year-old Kaihosha Hooper, a senior at Doherty High School.“It’s also just the small interactions, as well, that I think a lot of people have been missing,” Hooper says. “It’s really weird just being at home and not being able to see your friends every day or talk to your teachers in person.” As a member of the ...

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Mental Health Needs Growing During Coronavirus Pandemic

By: Jamie Leary Originally appeared on CBS4 DENVER (CBS4) – Colorado hospitals have been ready for a second wave of critical coronavirus patients for months. While this has been the primary focus of health care needs, there’s another surge the industry is concerned about: mental health. “We’ve been hearing a lot of speculation that this current coronavirus pandemic might be followed by a second wave, which is a mental health pandemic associated with prolonged isolation as well as with the various impacts on our economy that this is having,” said ...

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COVID-19’s toll on mental health: Aspen and state experts discuss pandemic’s effect on our collective psyche

May 3, 2020 By: Andre Salvail Originally appeared in the Aspen Daily News Mental health professionals from Denver to Glenwood Springs to Aspen say there was a slowdown in the demand for therapy just after the onset of the COVID-19 crisis seven weeks ago. But, they also point out, demand began rising in April, and even busier times may lie just around the corner for counselors as local governments lift stay-at-home restrictions, more businesses reopen and individuals attempt to navigate their way through the uncertain landscape of a “new normal” way of life ...

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‘Prolonged Uncertainty’ Continues For Coloradans As Mental Health Awareness Month Kicks Off During Coronavirus Pandemic

May 1, 2020 By: Mekialaya White Originally appeared in CBS Denver DENVER (CBS4) – It’s been nearly two months since the first confirmed case of coronavirus in Colorado, and the current crisis is affecting daily life in profound ways. It’s taking its toll on mental health, and state leaders want to illuminate the topic so Coloradans know they’re not alone in their fight. On Friday at noon, Attorney General Phil Weiser, Lt. Gov. Dianne Primavera, Mental Health Colorado President & CEO Vincent Atchity, state Rep. Lois Landgraf and state Sen. Pete ...

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Colorado Edition: Through A Screen

By: KUNC On Colorado Edition: why nursing homes are so susceptible to COVID-19. Plus, we’ll get tips for maintaining mental health during challenging times. We’ll also look at how online learning works for English as a second language students, why museums are making collections available virtually, and we'll get some advice about how to start watching Alfred Hitchcock films. LISTEN HERE

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Mental Health Colorado Expands its Focus on Criminal Justice

Originally appeared in the Pagosa Daily Post Apr 17, 2020 | Education/Health Jails and prisons have become the largest mental health facilities in the U.S. It’s a painful intersection that The Equitas Project has worked to disentangle since its founding by the David and Laura Merage Foundation in 2013. As of April 16, The Equitas Project is part of Mental Health Colorado, the state’s leading advocate for mental health, under the leadership of President and CEO Vincent Atchity. Through their foundation, David and Laura Merage launched The Equitas ...

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Mental health is the next coronavirus wave

April 5, 2020 By: Joey Bunch The cost of the pandemic that can’t be calculated is the mental illness toll. While policymakers and the private sector sort out the debris of the global coronavirus tragedy, the mental health of many will factor heavily into the losses, as certainly as a washed-out bridge in a flood. When this gets sorted out, you can count on the influence of state Rep. Jonathan Singer, a Democrat from Longmont, a social worker by training and a man I know to be of remarkable compassion and character. He is hosting a series of weekly webinars on ...

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The second pandemic, mental illness, could come roaring at us as the COVID-19 virus spreads

April 1, 2020 By: Pam Zubeck Originally appeared in the Colorado Springs Indy ‘I’M SUPER STRESSED RIGHT NOW. Everything’s stressful.” That was a text message from a friend that lit up my phone on March 22. The COVID-19 virus was invading the country, and Colorado already reported nearly 600 positive cases and six deaths. Things would get worse in the days to come. But already people were grasping for ways to anchor their psyches in a time when everything is out of whack. Many fled their offices to work from home. Schools were dismissed. Events ...

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