Sandra: My daughter’s story

Although my daughter Brandy had a very difficult life for many reasons, she was a beautiful, vibrant and amazingly wonderful person. Her heart was filled with giving, humor, compassion, and caring. She had the most radiant smile and gorgeous brown eyes. People loved to hear her laugh and watch her dance. She was so filled with life and was always the one to bring people together. Always creative and smart, brave and gentle, she strove to be her best self. Her spirit was strong and her soul was pure. Brandy was born in 1971, in Colorado Springs. She had severe ...

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Andrew Romanoff interviewed on KZYR The Zephyr

Listen to Weez interview Andrew Romanoff, President & CEO of Mental Health Colorado, about barriers to accessing mental health care in Colorado before Wednesday's Conversation with Colorado in Vail. Click here to listen to their discussion.  

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Mental health summit address funding shortfalls

Pitkin County officials are leading a two-day charge this week to address mental health services throughout the Roaring Fork Valley. Reporter Alycin Bektesh sat in on the opening session of the summit yesterday and has been covering the area’s mental health services for some time. She speaks with producer Christin Kay about the multi-agency approach to increase mental health services. Listen to the story on Aspen Public Radio.

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Candidate Survey 2016

Tyrone Braxton
Special Guest Speaker

Former Denver Bronco Tyrone Braxton -- a Pro Bowler and two-time Super Bowl Champion -- will be our special guest speaker at the 2016 Tribute Gala. Tyrone spent 12 seasons with the Denver Broncos and one with the Miami Dolphins. He made four trips to the Super Bowl, winning two. In Super Bowl XXXII he made a critical interception to help the Broncos beat the Green Bay Packers. After his NFL career, Tyrone found his true calling. He earned a master’s degree in social work from Metropolitan State University of Denver in 2014 and became a Licensed Clinical ...

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Mental Health Colorado legislative action

Mental Health Colorado is active in the state legislature. Our mission is to engage the public and policymakers on mental health issues. Our policy team tracked 40 bills in this year’s legislative session:  we supported 17 bills, all but four passed. We also opposed four bills, all were defeated. And Mental Health Colorado monitored the remaining 19 bills. To see our entire public policy report click here. Mental Health Colorado is also committed to informing the public by creating a scorecard on how legislators voted on bills we tracked. To see how your ...

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Depression, Anxiety, Mood Disorders Screenings

Depression Depression is very treatable, with the overwhelming majority of those who seek treatment showing improvement. The most commonly used treatments are antidepressant medication, psychotherapy or a combination of the two.  The choice of treatment depends on the pattern, severity, persistence of depressive symptoms and the history of the illness.  As with many illnesses, early treatment is more effective and helps prevent the likelihood of serious recurrences.  Depression must be treated by a physician or qualified mental health professional. Major depression ...

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PTSD, Psychosis, Work Health Screenings

PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder that can occur following the experience or witnessing of a traumatic event. A traumatic event is a life-threatening event such as military combat, natural disasters, terrorist incidents, serious accidents, or physical or sexual assault in adult or childhood. (National Center for PTSD, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. What is posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)) PTSD is a real problem and can happen at any age.  If you have PTSD, you are not alone.  It affects over ...

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Youth, Bipolar, Parent Screenings

Adolescent  When we think about cancer, heart disease, or diabetes, we don’t wait years to treat them. We start way before Stage 4. We begin with prevention. And when people are in the first stage of those diseases, and have a persistent cough, high blood pressure, or high blood sugar, we try immediately to reverse these symptoms. This is what we should be doing when people have serious mental illnesses, too. When they first begin to experience symptoms such as loss of sleep, feeling tired for no reason, feeling low, feeling anxious, or hearing voices, we should ...

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