Press releases


Mental Health Colorado Seeks to Enact 988 Crisis Response Number to Combat Rising Suicide Rates

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 26, 2021 Media Contact: Flora Welsh, Communications Manager 502-727-4329 Mental Health Colorado Seeks to Enact 988 Crisis Response Number to Combat Rising Suicide Rates A Bill Concerning Enacting the Federal Law Has Bi-Partisan Sponsorship DENVER—To address the growing suicide rates in the U.S., Congress passed legislation last October to approve a proposal designating 988 as the national suicide prevention crisis hotline number – much like 911. Now, it is up to Colorado to put the legislation into action. l Health Colorado ...

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Opinion: Mental health should be treated as a public health need

April 27, 2021 By: Chris Kolker Originally found the The Denver Post In the winter of 1982, a young red-headed boy went to his parent’s basement. He was in the depths of depression, full of self-loathing, fear, and despair when he accessed his father’s unlocked gun cabinet. After what seemed like an eternity, he put back the weapon in which he sought escape. Later that night, as his mother kissed him good night, he told her what he had done. She was incredulous or seemed so at the moment. Stigma and unavailable resources limited her options to help. However, ...

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Colorado Bill To Provide Free Mental Health Services To Colorado Youth In Response To Pandemic’s Impact

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 15, 2021 Media Contact: Flora Welsh, Communications Manager 502.727.4329 Colorado Bill To Provide Free Mental Health Services To Colorado Youth In Response To Pandemic’s Impact Denver — The disruptions and challenges to children’s mental health resulting from the pandemic have inspired the Colorado state legislature to work on a solution to deliver recovery-focused care to Colorado’s youth before the start of the next academic year. Mental Health Colorado supports House Bill 21-1258 Rapid Mental Health Response For Colorado’s ...

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Secure Transportation Bill 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 9, 2021 Media Contact: Aubree Hughes, Communications Director 405-615-3845 Secure Transportation Bill Introduced to Improve Mental Health Crisis Response, Reduce Burden on Law Enforcement DENVER—In the midst of a mental health or substance use crisis, many Coloradans are transported by law enforcement in handcuffs or by ambulance. According to mental health advocates, this dramatic and inappropriate response exacerbates crises, and can be perceived as a public shaming of people with mental health and substance use ...

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Mental Health Advocates Introduce Bill To Support People in Recovery, Address Health Care Workforce Shortage 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  Feb. 18, 2021    Media Contact:   Aubree Hughes, Director of Communications  405-615-3845    Mental Health Advocates Introduce Bill To Support People in Recovery, Address Health Care Workforce Shortage  With Bipartisan Support, HB 21-1021 Seeks to Improve Peer Support Services     DENVER—In the past two years, the number of Coloradans who didn’t receive mental health or substance use care that they needed nearly doubled—yet, in 2019, Colorado’s behavioral health workforce only met 30% of the state’s need. ...

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Mental Health Colorado Convenes State and County Partners to Disentangle Mental Health, Criminal Justice

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 25, 2021 Media Contact: Aubree Hughes, Director of Communications 405-615-3845 Mental Health Colorado Convenes State and County Partners to Disentangle Mental Health, Criminal Justice DENVER— In the absence of adequate access to health services, people with unmanaged mental health needs often intersect with law enforcement and spend time in jails, then cycling in and out of detention, homelessness, and joblessness. Mental Health Colorado, the state’s leading mental health advocacy organization, will host the Colorado Counties ...

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Mental Health Colorado Announces Positions for 2020 Ballot Issues

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Oct. 1, 2020 Media Contact: Flora Welsh 502-727-4329 Mental Health Colorado Announces Positions for 2020 Ballot Issues The advocacy group supports paid family leave, nicotine tax, Gallagher Amendment repeal DENVER—Mental Health Colorado is taking a position on four of the ballot issues being brought before voters in November. There are eleven total ballot issues—three are referred measures by the legislature, and eight are citizen initiatives. Mental Health Colorado supports paid family and medical leave, tax on nicotine products, and ...

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Former Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy to Headline Mental Health Colorado Fundraising Gala

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sept. 29, 2020 Media Contact: Aubree Hughes 405-615-3845   Former Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy to Headline Mental Health Colorado Fundraising Gala Kennedy Championed Landmark Legislation to End Unequal Treatment of Mental Health, Addiction DENVER—For 37 years, Mental Health Colorado—the state’s leading mental health advocate—has hosted their annual Tribute Gala fundraiser. For the first time, the event will be virtual and former Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy will give the keynote. With former Denver Bronco Reggie Rivers as ...

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Mental Health Colorado to Host Candidate Forums

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Sept. 24, 2020 Media Contact: Aubree Hughes 405-615-3845 Mental Health Colorado to Host Candidate Forums Three forums will feature state house, state senate, district attorney, and board of education candidates DENVER - As a nonpartisan organization, Mental Health Colorado doesn’t endorse candidates, but the nonprofit advocacy group is educating candidates and constituents from all parties about the urgency of supporting healthier minds across the lifespan for all Coloradans. Mental Health Colorado will host a series of candidate forums ...

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No parents should have to live with worries like these…

Mental Health Colorado President & CEO Vincent Atchity released the following statement: No parents should have to live with these fears and worries—that established systems of justice, health care, education, and opportunity may exclude and possibly even harm their children throughout their lives. When I became a parent, I inherited a world of worries. I worry constantly about our sons—about all the hazards that can befall them on their way to becoming adults. So much to worry about, so much to keep me up at night: health crises, guns, drugs, ...

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