Kaitlyn Hickmann joined Mental Health Colorado in 2020.
Kaitlyn has been a passionate advocate for mental health and social equity for more than a decade. She graduated cum laude from Colorado College in 2018 with a B.A. in Film and Media Studies, where she served on the board for the National Alliance on Mental Illness. During her time on the board, her most meaningful project was directing a play that featured student-submitted stories of mental illness and mental health. She loved helping cast members identify the stories they were most uniquely qualified to perform; working with cast members to edit and build confidence in performing their stories; forming a tight-knit, nonjudgmental community of mental health advocates; and hearing from audience members who felt they could be more open with their peers about their feelings, emotions, and mental health experiences after seeing the show.
Kaitlyn has worked in nonprofit communications on a wide range of social issues, from the representation of mental health conditions in popular media, to grassroots environmental organizing. Kaitlyn also has direct experience in healthcare as a medical assistant, where she heard every day from patients about the financial, time, and stigma barriers they faced while trying to access healthcare. She is grateful for the opportunity to bring her storytelling, advocacy and community-building background to Mental Health Colorado. She welcomes everyone into the stigma-free movement for equitable, accessible mental healthcare.
In her free time, Kaitlyn can be found journaling, exploring Colorado’s natural magnificence from the tops of multi-pitch climbs and the bottoms of canyons, devouring plant-based meals, spending time with her family and friends, and eagerly befriending other people’s dogs.