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SCHOOLS ARE OFFERED MENTAL HEALTH TOOLKIT TO DEAL WITH SOARING SUICIDE RATES

By: Ali Budner Sept. 11, 2018 A nine-year-old boy in Colorado took his own life on the first week of school this year. The tragedy highlighted a pervasive problem in the state and in the Mountain West region as a whole -- the high suicide rate -- especially among youth. Goal Academy in Pueblo, Colorado is a charter program with high schools around the state that focuses on both academic and mental wellbeing. Camille Vallet is a junior. She wants to become a zoologist. And just like any high schooler, she said sometimes she feels stressed. Right ...

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DENVER CREATES TASK FORCE TO TACKLE GROWING SUICIDE RATE

Sept. 10, 2018 DENVER (CBS4)– Community leaders in Denver gathered to deliver an important message on World Suicide Prevention Day: There is help. The message comes as health experts say deaths by suicide are on the rise in Colorado. In the first nine months of the year, Denver has seen 15 more people die of suicide compared to all of 2017. The City of Denver is working to address behavioral health issues by creating a specific task force. Some of the solutions being discussed include a social worker accompanying first responders to 911 calls. ...

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DENVER LEADERS TALK ABOUT WORLD SUICIDE PREVENTION DAY

They hope to spread the message of help and community. Orginally appeared on CBS4.

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TOO LITTLE MONEY, TOO FEW BEDS: COLORADO’S MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS

By: Jennifer Kovaleski September 6, 2018 DENVER -- They say a mother's love knows no bounds. For Maree, a Colorado mother, those bounds have been tested but her love for her son has never wavered. "I'm the mother of a schizoaffective son, hospitalization over 18 times in two years," she said. Her son struggles with a mental illness and substance abuse and asked that we not identify him or use his last name, but she still wanted to tell her story. "My son is in treatment, and he is trying to get better so for his privacy and respect for him," Maree ...

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MENTAL HEALTH COLORADO – RISE TRIBUTE GALA

The Mental Health Colorado Tribute Gala is Saturday, September 22 at 5:30PM at the Marriott Tech Center. Buy tickets and sponsorships online at www.MentalHealthColorado.org.

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DENVER VOTERS TO DECIDE ON A TAX THAT WILL FUND MENTAL HEALTH, SUBSTANCE ABUSE CARE

By: John Daley August 23, 2018 A Denver ballot initiative could bring in tens of millions of dollars a year to help people  with mental health and substance disorder issues. State Rep. Leslie Herod, a Denver Democrat, is spearheading the "Caring 4 Denver" campaign. She said the proposal makes financial sense in that, if it’s passed by voters, it could fund a variety of mental health programs. The money would come from a one-quarter of 1 percent city sales tax — that's 25 cents on a $100 purchase. "We know that if people who suffer from a mental ...

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MENTAL HEALTH COLORADO SEEKING TO CHANGE COURSE ON CARE IN COLORADO

By: John Bear August 24, 2018 Andrew Romanoff, president and chief executive officer of Mental Health Colorado wants Colorado to be a national leader when it comes to mental health care. Spoiler alert: It's not. "We are not there yet," Romanoff said. "We are 43rd." Romanoff, who is a former speaker of the house for the state Legislature, was at Boulder's Dairy Center for the Arts Friday night to participate in a panel on mental health and gun safety with a focus on gun issues. The event was held in coordination with Colorado ...

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WHAT DO YOU SAY TO A YOUNG CHILD WHO MIGHT BE AT RISK FOR SUICIDE?

By: Erica Meltzer August 31, 2018 Talking about suicide with young children can feel scary or inappropriate. But Jenna Glover, a child psychologist at Children’s Hospital Colorado, said broaching the subject can save lives. “We have this fear that if we ask about it we’ll plant a seed,” Glover said. “There is no research to support that, and in fact, there is research that when we ask kids about their suicidal thoughts, they see a decrease in those thoughts.” The death by suicide of a 9-year-old Denver boy in the first week of school has drawn ...

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BACK TO SCHOOL: MENTAL HEALTH SCREENINGS

By: Aubree Hughes August 28, 2019 Heading back to school can be tough on young people. Each year, an estimated 200,000 students in Colorado experience a mental health or substance use disorders — enough to fill nearly 2,800 school buses. Mental Health Colorado is currently working with school districts to implement its School Mental Health Toolkit in districts across the state. Mental Health Colorado President and CEO Andrew Romanoff believes every child in Colorado would benefit from the social and emotional learning outlined in the toolkit. “This is a ...

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RESOURCES FOR DEALING WITH MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES IN YOUNG KIDS

August 28, 2018 Following the death of a Denver student, we're talking about resources to help deal with mental health issues in young students. Originally appeared on 9News.

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