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TOOLKIT REACHES CHILDREN AND SCHOOLS IN NEED OF MENTAL HEALTH GUIDANCE

By Dr. Sarah Davidon  – Research Director, Mental Health Colorado May 23, 2018 Children are more likely to access mental health services if they are provided in school rather than in the community. While evidence supports this, significant barriers prevent many students from receiving the services they need. In fact, even schools and districts with the best-laid plans to support mental health will find their school psychologists, social workers and counselors struggling to provide school-wide services. Funding, resources and time are just some ...

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RECOVERY WEEK: MAN CONNECTS HIS ADDICTION TO TRAUMA

By: TaRhonda Thomas May 23, 2018  All this week, on 9NEWS at 6 a.m. we will be featuring stories of people who have beaten addiction and are in the process of recovery. Ray Vigil drank heavily for years but never realized he was drinking to numb the pain of an abusive childhood and other traumas until he hit rock bottom and began seeing a therapist. As the smell of essential oils fills Ray Vigil’s apartment, Native American music plays softly in the background while he looks at notecards of positive affirmations and rests his hand ...

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STATEWIDE DRIVE UNDERWAY TO PUT MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES INTO EVERY COLORADO SCHOOL

May 21, 2018 DENVER — Children are more likely to seek help if mental health support is available at school. To that end, Mental Health Colorado has created a School Toolkit — essentially, the A,B,C's for getting students access to mental health care. The toolkit is a guide for schools, districts and interested parents — anyone who wants kids to get the mental health attention they deserve. This includes help with implementing mental health screenings, suicide prevention, wellness plans that could include school counselors and more. "The first signs of mental ...

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STARTING WITH KIDS: A TOOLKIT FOR STRENGTHENING MENTAL HEALTH

By: Andrew Romanoff May 20, 2018 "It all started when I was eight." That's when Brianna realized her absent father hadn't read any of the letters she had sent him. He mailed them back and called her a mistake. Brianna tried to run away from home, hurt herself both mentally and physically, and tried to kill herself more than once. She was bullied at school and sexually assaulted twice. Then she got professional help. On May 1, Brianna stood in front of a row of television cameras at the state capitol to kick off Mental Health Month. Now 14, ...

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ESTES PARK SCHOOLS TO PILOT MENTAL HEALTH PROGRAM

By: Claire Woodcock May 16, 2018 Mental Health Colorado is piloting a new program that will assist the Estes Park School District in providing students access to emotional care. The nonprofit whose reach is statewide, has developed a new program, called the School Toolkit. It will serves as a guide to support schools and communities. The guide includes help with implementing mental health screenings, suicide prevention, wellness plans that could include school counselors and more. By providing access to these resources to school districts statew...

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STATEWIDE DRIVE TO PUT MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES INTO COLORADO SCHOOLS

May 15, 2018 Children are more likely to seek help if mental health support is available at school. Mental Health Colorado has created a School Toolkit, essentially the ABCs for getting students the mental health care every child deserves. The toolkit is a guide for schools, districts, interested parents — anyone who wants kids to get the mental health attention they deserve. This includes everything from help with implementing mental health screenings, suicide prevention, wellness plans that could include school counselors and more. “The first signs of mental ...

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COLORADO SCHOOLS REACT TO TEXAS SHOOTING; MENTAL HEALTH SCHOOL TOOLKIT LAUNCHED

May 18, 2018 By: Joe St. George DENVER --- It seems so common - another school shooting - this time in Santa Fe, Texas. Like previous shootings, Colorado schools have been forced to react. The Cherry Creek School District sent a letter to parents saying principals will be meeting with their school safety teams before Monday -- paying close attention to upcoming events like graduation. Denver Public Schools earlier Friday requested extra patrols - a standard protocol following mass shootings fearing a possible copy cat scenario. Cherry Creek School ...

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GROUP INTRODUCES MENTAL HEALTH TOOLKIT

May 16, 2017 - Talking and learning are two of the most important things people can do when it comes to mental health. Andrew Romanoff and Dr. Sarah Davidon with Mental Health Colorado share why it's so important to talk about these issues with kids. Originally appeared on 9News.

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COLORADO SCHOOLS GET HELP TO PROVIDE MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES

By: Nicole Brady, Denver7 May 14, 2018 DENVER — May is Mental Health Awareness month, and Mental Health Colorado is pushing for schools to be primary resources for kids facing a mental health issue. "The first signs of mental illness typically appear during adolescence, but most people don't get the care they need until eight or 10 years later, if they ever get it at all," says Andrew Romanoff, Mental Health Colorado's president and CEO. Mental Health Colorado says addressing mental health in schools leads to improved school climate, academic ...

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A NEW GUIDE AIMS TO HELP COLORADO SCHOOL DISTRICTS OFFER MENTAL HEALTH TO STUDENTS

By: Ann Schimke A new toolkit to be officially released Monday will help Colorado educators, parents, and district administrators infuse mental health support into classrooms and schools. The 60-page online guide from the nonprofit Mental Health Colorado comes out at a time when many school leaders say they desperately need help addressing students’ mental health needs and districts have increasingly emphasized social and emotional skills. The guide includes 10 key practices for promoting mental health in schools, including offering ...

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