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Colorado Edition: The Strength Of The Human Spirit

March 18, 2020 Aired on KUNC On this Colorado Edition: We explore the state's forecasted budget amid the coronavirus outbreak. We also round up this week's education news, learn more about the 2020 census now that it's officially begun, and get anxiety advice from a mental health expert. LISTEN HERE

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COVID-19: Mayor Suthers declares local emergency

March 16, 2020 By: Faith Miller Originally appeared in the Colorado Springs Independent As the number of COVID-19 cases in Colorado continued to climb, Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers declared a local state of emergency March 16. "The declaration does two things; first, it makes the City eligible for federal relief funding as it becomes available; second, it provides authority for Mayoral regulations that can be put in to place rapidly to address the situation as needed," Suthers said in a statement. "This should not be cause for further alarm, but a signal ...

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The best and the worst: The psychology of COVID-19

March 15, 2020 By: Keri Dequine Harden Originally appeared in the Steamboat Pilot STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Disasters — whether natural, manmade or a combination of both — tend to bring out the best and the worst in humanity. A tornado or a hurricane is an event that happens quickly, with a long recovery. They are geographical disasters that most directly and severely effect people in that area. A pandemic presents a very different threat — one that has geographic, economic, physical and psychological impacts. It is an invisible enemy, full of unknowns ...

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Advice for those at higher risk for COVID-19 who have routine doctor appointments

March 13, 2020 By: Anusha Roy Originally appeared on 9News There's a good chance people who fall in the high-risk groups for COVID-19 will have routine doctor appointments. Officials hope they'll consider telemedicine. DENVER — There's a good chance people who fall into the higher-risk groups for COVID-19 will have routine doctor appointments. The hope? These people will consider using telemedicine -- or appointments that can be done remotely -- to avoid getting sick while trying to get well. Who is high-risk for COVID-19? The high-risk group ...

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Romanoff sets virtual town hall to grapple with mental health concerns

March 16, 20120 By: Ernest Luning Originally appeared in Colorado Politics Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Andrew Romanoff has announced plans to hold a virtual town hall on Wednesday devoted to anxiety and other mental health issues surrounding the coronavirus outbreak. "The pandemic we now face has taught us a lot about the coronavirus, COVID-19 and how to protect our physical health. But this crisis takes a toll on our mental health as well," said Romanoff, a former state House speaker who headed Mental Health Colorado for four years before throwing his hat ...

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Can virtual doctors replace in person visits for most health needs?

March 13, 2020 By: Nicole Brady Originally appeared on The Denver Channel. Visiting the doctor no longer requires driving to the office, sitting in a waiting room, and doing a physical exam. More patients are taking advantage of telemedicine, or virtual visits, to see a physician over the internet. Denver7 is going 360 to find out the pros and cons of both types of visits. For some patients, virtual visits are attractive because they’re convenient and can be booked immediately. That was the experience for Jack Bolgard, a student at CU Boulder. During his ...

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Boogie at the Broadmoor With Leftover Salmon to Support Mental Health Causes

March 11, 2020 By: Kiran Herbert Originally appeared in 5280 In the last year, two suicides sent ripples across the music industry. Jeff Austin, a founding member of the Yonder Mountain String Band, died last June. Two months later, Neal Casal, an influential guitarist best known for his role as a founding member of Circles Around the Sun, died in August. Now, members of both of their former bands will join Leftover Salmon at the Boogie at the Broadmoor event from March 20–22. The shindig will include bowling with Leftover Salmon and Circle Around the Sun ...

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How Colorado is trying to address transportation needs for people in mental health crisis

March 5, 2020 By: Forest Wilson Originally appeared in the Colorado Independent Lawmakers are pushing for a transportation system dedicated to getting people in crisis to care One summer night, after his first year of college in 2012, Sandra Sharp’s son Drew grew increasingly anxious. He began having delusions of grandeur and became suicidal, Sharp said.  On that night, Drew allowed Sharp to take him to the hospital in Steamboat Springs “so that I could know that I did everything that I could to prevent him from committing suicide,” Sharp told lawmakers ...

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Boulder-based provider launches in-home mental health care program

March 6, 2020 By: Katie Langford Boulder-based private mental health provider Colorado Recovery has created a new in-home treatment program for people who cannot access care in a traditional office setting. Launched in February, Bridge to You brings Colorado Recovery’s services — diagnosis, therapy, psychiatric nursing, medication management, life skills and more — into a patient’s home. “There are a number of people who are homebound because of age, but also people who have a hard time coming into an office setting because part of their illness might ...

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Colorado considers private transportation services for behavioral problems

Monte Whaley | Mar 2, 2020 State of Reform Someone suffering from a behavioral health crisis in Colorado may soon be transported to a care facility without blaring sirens and emergency lights, under a new bill being considered by lawmakers. The measure, HB 1284, creates a regulatory and service system to provide secure transportation services for individuals experiencing emotional or behavioral problems that do not merit an arrest. The person will be transported to a local hospital or crisis centers. Local county commissioners will issue a license to a ...

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