Check out a Time to Talk community conversation about mental health and youth: Andrew Romanoff, CEO of Mental Health Colorado, talked about the importance of early intervention. Kristen Torres, a CSU sophomore and Douglas County graduate, and Kirstie June, a senior at Chaparral High School, shared their personal mental health struggles and how they've overcome them.
Hosted by Colorado Community Media on April 26 at Lone Tree Library in partnership with Douglas County Libraries and the Douglas County Mental Health Initiative.
We will continue to hold discussions, with two more forums planned for this fall. Watch the website for updates.
Let’s Talk Colorado, launched in May, is a statewide campaign created by Tri-County Health Department and other partner organizations to combat the stigma of mental illness. In English and Spanish, Letstalkco.org defines mental health and stigma, as well as provides links to local and statewide resources.The campaign also provides tips on how to talk about mental health, such as:• Be nice.• Keep in contact.• Offer help.• Listen.• Keep the conversation moving.• Don’t ignore it.MakeItOk.org is a national campaign to combat the stigma of mental illness. On its website, visitors can learn about mental illness, answer a questionnaire on stigmatic behaviors and read about individual experiences with stigma. The campaign provides resources that can be used to teach, share, learn and speak about mental illness and stigma. Below are phrases the campaign recommends to use and to avoid when discussing mental health. Try saying:• “Thanks for opening up to me.”• “How can I help?”• “I’m sorry to hear that. It must be tough.”• “I’m here for you when you need me.”• “I can’t imagine what you’re going through.”• “People do get better.”• “Can I drive you to an appointment?”• “How are you feeling today?”• “I love you.”Avoid saying:• “It could be worse.”• “Just deal with it.”• “Snap out of it.”• “Everyone feels that way sometimes.”• “You may have brought this on yourself.”• “We’ve all been there.”• “You’ve got to pull yourself together.”• “Maybe try thinking happier thoughts.”
The Douglas County Mental Health Initiative
Supported by the Douglas County Commissioners, in response to several tragic mental health related incidents, the Douglas County Mental Health Initiative has worked to unite community partners to address unmet mental health needs, connect people to mental health services and prevent those in need from falling through the cracks of the mental health system.
100 Third Street
Castle Rock, CO 80104
Click here to go to their web site
Let's talk Colorado
The goal of the Let’s Talk Colorado media campaign is to initiate an inclusive conversation. All Coloradans benefit when we learn to discuss our mental health, and those of us who need treatment are more likely to seek it when we all agree that mental health is everyone’s responsibility.
Spanish language web site.
English language web site.
Youth Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition
The Douglas County Youth Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition was established in March of 2016 as a component of the Douglas County Mental Health Initiative. The coalition is comprised of numerous agencies in Douglas County that have a stake in youth substance abuse prevention or treatment.
The Coalition is built around the community and meant to provide a cross-sectional representation of community members. The goal of the coalition is to reduce drug and alcohol use among the youth of the county.
Mental Health Colorado
Mental Health Colorado is the state’s leading advocate for the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of mental health and substance use disorders. We are a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization and an affiliate of Mental Health America.
Statewide help hotline: 1-844-493-TALK (8255)
County and state mental health and substance abuse facts
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