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Election 2016: Mental health forums to provide candidates a chance to discuss health care needs

How do we make sure that all Coloradans get the mental health care they need? That’s the question Mental Health Colorado hopes to answer through a series of candidate forums on mental health aimed to inform just in time for the 2016 election. The nonprofit will hold four events, including a forum Sept. 22 in Aurora. Other forums are scheduled for Sept. 20 in Jefferson, Sept. 27 in Denver and Sept. 29 in Colorado Springs. Read more...

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Law enforcement appreciation day set for Saturday; event inspired by negative climate surrounding police

Betty Nufer has been well aware of the negative perception some have had of cops recently and felt the urge to do something about it to show that there are plenty of people in the community who back law enforcement. So she has. Nufer, a regional program coordinator for Mental Health Colorado, recently sent out emails about an idea for an event to support law enforcement to numerous nonprofits and different organizations in town. Her email was answered by Dawn Yengich, the marketing and public relations manager for Health Solutions, and the two have partnered to plan and ...

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Let’s make Colorado a leader in suicide prevention

More than 40,000 Americans died by suicide last year. My cousin Melissa was one of them. Melissa was like a sister to me. My family and I will spend the rest of our lives trying to figure out what we could have done to save her. It’s a question we’ll never be able to answer. And even if we could, it’s already too late. The good news: there are steps we can take to prevent suicide. That’s especially welcome news in Colorado, which has one of the nation’s highest suicide rates. Earlier this year, our state legislature passed a bill to improve the ...

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A Conversation with Colorado: Statewide Listening Tour Underway to Learn About Mental Health Care

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. On Wednesday, August 24, Evening anchor Jorma Duran sat down with CEO of Mental Health Colorado, Andrew Romanoff, who is traveling around our state and listening to Coloradans about how they are finding mental health care to see what's working and what's not. Watch the video...

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Mental illness “an epidemic” in Summit County

As many as 45 residents and local officials gathered at the Summit County Community and Senior Center in Frisco on Thursday for a discussion of mental health issues. The event was part of a statewide listening tour by advocacy group Mental Health Colorado, which hopes to better understand obstacles to mental health care and how to address them. Read more...

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Mental health forum here draws a crowd

The Grand Valley needs more licensed providers to help patients seeking mental health treatment. There’s also a need for more providers who accept Medicaid and Medicare and a need for reduced wait times before patients are able to meet with providers. These are some of the concerns voiced Wednesday night during a health forum hosted by Mental Health Colorado, a Denver-based group that advocates for programs for mental health and substance abuse disorders. Read more...

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Making gains on the mental health front

Two advocacy groups are highlighting the lack of mental and behavioral services in the state — especially in rural Colorado. The issue is well understood among public health officials and mental health providers, but not so much among the general public, even though the impacts of this shortage are painfully obvious. Mesa County, for example, faces a suicide rate that is consistently higher than the rest of the state and nearly triple the national rate. Statewide, the rate of fatal drug overdoses is well above the national average. Same with alcoholism and alcoho...

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Conversation with Colorado in Grand Junction

Andrew Romanoff, President & CEO of Mental Health Colorado, talks about the organization's mission with radio host "Coach" on KAFM Community Radio in Grand Junction.

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Overcoming mental health stigmas: Two groups coming to Grand Valley to highlight need for more services

Andrew Romanoff wants to change as many stigmas around mental health as he can, and he’s not alone. The former speaker of the Colorado House is now executive director of Mental Health Colorado, a Denver-based group that advocates for programs for mental health and substance abuse disorders. He is trying to highlight mental health issues statewide, while another group is doing the same thing locally. Read more...

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Back to school: Help your kids get off to a good start

With summer winding down and children going to school this month, many kids will experience anxiety. Here is some advice on how parents can help children adjust to their new school year. Some children process change well and should easily adjust to school, while others may find it more difficult, according to Dr. Ben Miller, director of the Farley Health Policy Center (FHPC) at UC Medical Center & Mental Health Colorado board member. “If the child is experiencing stress in multiple settings, like school, church, friendships, teams, clubs, or everyday activities ...

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