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Federal bills Mental Health Colorado is following

S.1895 - Lower Health Care Costs Act H.R. 2061/S. 1012 - Overdose Prevention and Patient Safety Act introduced by Rep. Earl Blumenauer (OR-3) and Sen. Joe Manchin (WV). H.R. 2062/ S. 1012 would align an old law with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act to fully integrate substance use health information. S. 1770 Resilience Investment, Support, and Expansion (RISE) from Trauma Act introduced by Sens. Richard Durbin (IL) and Shelley Moore Capito (WV). S. 1770 would prevent and mitigate childhood trauma’s impact on mental health. H.R. 1109/S. 1122 ...

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Health inequities among Black, Indigenous, and People of Color

Understanding Racial and Ethnic Differences in Health in Late Life: A Research Agenda (NCBI) US Socioeconomic and Racial Differences in Health: Patterns and Explanations The Environment That Racism Built

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Sexual orientation and gender identity data

LGB youth have even HIGHER rates of suicide risk; 46% considered suicide; 25% attempted suicide (Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, 2018.Healthy Kids Colorado Survey) Healthy Kids Colorado Executive Summary Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Overview of 2017 Data (Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Healthy Kids Colorado Survey)

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Volunteer with us!

Please fill out the volunteer form below and submit to info@mentalhealthcolorado.org. Volunteer Application - Mental Health Colorado

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Livestream: 2019 Suicide Prevention Day at the Capitol

On Tuesday, February 26th, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Colorado Chapter will join together with Mental Health Colorado, Suicide Prevention Coalition of Colorado, and National Alliance on Mental Illness Colorado to present the 1st Annual Suicide Prevention Day at the Capitol. Due to such high interest we have reached our registration capacity—but you can still be a part of this important day. Please join us for the livestream. We’ve got a great panel of leaders and experts lined up to talk about the hard facts on suicide in Colorado, why legislat...

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Legislative updates

Last week: Friday, May 3 was "Sine Day"! This is Latin for ‘without a day’. Adjournment Sine Die means to adjourn without assigning a day for a further meeting or hearing. Colorado’s constitution states that the legislature can only meet during regular session for a maximum of 120 days. May 3rd marked the 120th day of the regular session. And this Sine Day, we celebrated all of Mental Health Colorado’s agenda bills passing! Thank you to everyone who helped make this happen, especially our Brain Wave members who testified this session. Your advocacy made ...

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Youth Suicide Study Shows Unemployment Is A Risk Factor

By: Ali Budner January 7, 2019 The Mountain West has some of the highest teen suicide rates in the country. A new report out of the region looks at what conditions contribute to the high rate of youth suicide.  The yearlong study came out of the Colorado Attorney General’s Office.  "Colorado has a teen suicide rate that’s twice as high as the national average,” said Andrew Romanoff, the director of Mental Health Colorado. “Just a staggering heartbreaking statistic.” The Attorney General’s study focused on the ...

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2019 Priorities

At Mental Health Colorado, we’re bringing a broad range of proposals to state lawmakers. Among other requests, we’re asking the General Assembly and the governor to: ■ Fund the Zero Suicide framework, training health care, education, and law enforcement personnel to spot the early warning signs of suicidal ideation. ■ Strengthen the enforcement of mental health parity laws, requiring public and private insurers to provide sufficient coverage for the treatment of mental health and substance use disorders. ■ Create a statewide bed tracking system, ...

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When you die by suicide, you don’t end your pain — you transfer it

December 30, 2018 By: Andrew Romanoff On the third Tuesday of each month, Bethany Lutheran Church in Cherry Hills Village hosts a meeting that no one wants to attend. I visited the church in October, shortly after dusk. A sign pointed me to a meeting room in the back of the building, at the end of a dark hallway. Inside the room, two dozen women and men sat quietly around a conference table. They each introduced themselves and then shared the names of their children — a son or a daughter who had died by suicide. When my turn came, I talked about my cousin ...

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