Stories


Overcoming Addiction

The views and opinions expressed in following story are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Mental Health Colorado. As a young one, most people would meet me and then decide that I was either just shy, or cold and mean. I quickly learned that drinking alcohol relaxed my naturally cautious nature, and it allowed me to be open and spontaneous around strangers. Having a buzz also magically removed all of my self-doubt, and I started portraying this weird chatty Cathy personality. Sadly, I always felt accepted and liked by any group of ...

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Thomas: I found meaning

The views and opinions expressed in following story are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Mental Health Colorado. The following entry was written by Thomas Truelson, author of For the Heart Cries Blog. February 16, 1995 "Until you know that life is interesting, and find it so, you haven't found you soul."                                            Geoffrey Fisher  -  Archbishop of Canterbury A few hours ago at the Samaritans meeting, I had an epiphany - a life altering experience that cleansed my ...

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Katie’s Story

"If my parents didn't have the resources to help me when insurance couldn't, I would have died a long time ago. And that happens every day..." Katie spent 10 years in and out of addiction starting at age 14. She felt shame for her depression, like a burden on her family. This led to self-harm and ultimately a suicide attempt. Katie ran into various barriers to getting treatment and navigating the insurance system. She had constant denials of care, which she had to appeal, for services that legally should have been offered. Mental Health Colorado is leading the fight for ...

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Adam: Increasing compassion

The views and opinions expressed in following story are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Mental Health Colorado. August 6, 2015 began like any normal day before it until my mom called my cell phone roughly around 11:00. I knew something was wrong because she rarely calls me unless there’s a problem. Little did know that my world was about to be turned upside down and changed forever. Mom’s voice was shaking as she told me that Dad had fallen at home and he was being taken to the hospital. Their neighbor, my mom’s first cousin, ...

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Lea: The light at the end of my tunnel

The views and opinions expressed in following story are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Mental Health Colorado. My story began at a rather young age. Mental illness runs heavily in my family – most notably mood disorders such as bipolar depression and major depression. I was directly impacted by my father’s struggle with major depression and subsequent suicide when I was nine years old. This traumatic loss at such a young age led me down a dark road as I found myself face to face with heavy thoughts and feelings that I can ...

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Amy: They don’t bring you casserole

The views and opinions expressed in following story are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Mental Health Colorado. We caught our son Blake smoking pot when he was barely thirteen. I naively believed we could love and parent him out of it. We would educate him on the numerous reasons why drug use would negatively impact his health and potentially shorten his life. We presented the potential consequences, getting kicked out of lacrosse, or school, or worse entangled with the law. If not the future consequences, maybe the loss of privileges ...

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Karolyn: Dr. Momma Bear

The views and opinions expressed in following story are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Mental Health Colorado. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-L8JUNxAGY8&feature=youtu.be What I most want to convey about this brief video is this: Jacob is OK. Hope, love, and kindness got us to the other side. My deepest gratitude for the unconditional love of family, friends, teachers, medical providers, counselors, neighbors, our rabbi and spiritual community. For the support of work colleagues, kind strangers, compassionate policemen, ...

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Chris: Isn’t mental illness a call to be otherworldly?

The views and opinions expressed in following story are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Mental Health Colorado. It’s Friday night and I’m taking an empty pizza box out to the dumpster behind my apartment building. Out the back door and into the frigid night, the first thing I see as I turn toward the dumpster is my neighbor squatting against the side of the building, a lost look in his eyes. My neighbor and I have a sort of incredulous bond. He knows my secret and I know his. I know he has bipolar disorder and he knows I ...

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Marty: I get to live in the now

The views and opinions expressed in following story are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Mental Health Colorado. Casual drinking, professional disappointments, boredom, socializing, the anxiety of never living up to my college degree, unaddressed family issues—these were the things that led me to alcohol. I thought it was “normal” when my drinking increased – that I could handle partying a couple of extra days a week. But when I needed to slow down, I couldn’t. I could stop drinking for bits at a time, but the cycle ...

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Laroy: Faith got me through

The views and opinions expressed in following story are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Mental Health Colorado. My first experience with the mental health system was the last week of June 1980. I was at a church camp on top of Grand Mesa outside of Grand Junction when I unknowingly ingested a small amount of PCP (Angel Dust). I had a severe reaction and was in and out of psych wards for the next three months until I was placed on Thorazine and recovered quickly. I went on to graduate from high school and attended college and ...

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