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Colorado has pumped nearly $25 million into mental health crisis care since the Aurora theater shooting in 2012. Those on the front lines of this battle know it isn’t nearly enough, but they’ll take all the help they can get.
5280 - December 2013


 Take a look at Mental Health America of Colorado's 2012 Annual Report

In a series of columns for The Colorado Statesmen, MHAC's President & CEO, Don Mares writes about mental health in our community.  Check it out here.

Check out the Latest News from MHAC. This page includes articles we've published and pieces in which we were featured. 


Mental Health America of Colorado and the state of Colorado has had a historic 2013 Legislative Session.  To read more about the sucesses and challenges MHAC faced this session, please click here.

 


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April 19, 2014





 May is Mental Health Month

This May is Mental Health Month.  Mental Health America of Colorado is raising awareness of the role mental health plays in our lives and providing tips and resources so anyone can take steps to promote good mental health.  Throughout May, there will be a number of events and opportunities to bring awareness to the issue of mental health in Colorado.

We all know of the importance of taking care of our health—eating right, getting enough sleep, exercising. Healthy habits positively influence how a person feels and how their body functions.  But good health involves not only caring for our body, but also our mind.

The fact is our mental health is integral to our overall health. Far too many Americans fail to incorporate a principal component into their health choices. Yet overall health and wellness are not possible without it.

What is mental health? If you were to ask your office mate, spouse or neighbor, they may respond that it is a “state of mind,” “being content with life” or “feeling good about yourself.”  Simply put, mental health is the ability to cope with daily life and the challenges it brings.

There are many healthy choices and steps that individuals can adopt to promote and strengthen mental health—and overall health and well-being.  A healthy lifestyle can help to prevent the onset or worsening of depression, anxiety and other mental health conditions, as well as heart disease, diabetes, obesity and other chronic health problems.  It can also help people recover from these conditions.

Just as Americans have learned there are things they can do to reduce their risk of heart disease and other illnesses, Mental Health America of Colorado wants to help people learn what they can do both to protect their mental health in tough times and also to improve their mental well-being throughout their lives.

Be on the lookout for May is Mental Health Month events and resources!  



 Mental Health America of Colorado's 2014 LEAD

Taking Charge: YOU are Healthcare Reform A HUGE SUCCESS

Mental Health America of Colorado celebrated its 21st LEAD Day on Friday, February 21, 2014. 

Over 200 people attended, who learned about mental health services and treatments now offered in private insurance plans and Medicaid. Presenting this information was the Assistant Director of Insurance for Colorado and the State Medicaid Director. Lots of good questions from the audience and their active participation made for an informative and lively morning presentation.

Two consumer guides who assist people who wish to enroll in the new Connect For Health Marketplace gave an informative slide presentation on how best to work through the application process. Several attendees were able to get their specific problems solved by consulting with the presenters before lunch.

Our panel presentations featured ways attendees can get involved in making mental health a public health issue. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Jefferson County Public Health and Environment, our own Colorado Mental Wellness Network and the MS Society's presenter on their health insurance check list demonstrated different ways to actively engage in moving public policy forward. 

Every LEAD event recognizes several outstanding leaders for their respective efforts in advancing mental health policies. This year, our two Legislators of the Year are Representative Mark Ferrandino and Senator Larry Crowder. Our Peer Advocate of the Year is Paul Gutierrez. Community Advocate of the Year is Tri County Public Health. Representing Adams, Arapahoe and Douglas Counties, Tri County Public Health has made behavioral health disorders their entire public health focus for the years ahead, making mental health the public health issue of this decade!

For more information from some of our presenters, here are the slideshows that accompanied their talks:

To file an insurance complaint or to ask questions please see the contact information listed below.

  • If coverage is from a Colorado insurer:
    • Look at insurance card, if it says CO-DOI somewhere on the front, it is regulated by the Division, 303-894-7499 or 1-800-930-3745
  • If coverage is from Medicaid:
    • Contact Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing, 1-800-221-3943
  • If coverage is from an employer self-funded plan:
    • US Department of Labor, Employee Benefit Security Administration,1-816-285-1800 (Kansas City) 

 
 



"Improving Lives, Transforming Minds"
An Evening Celebrating MHAC's Education, Prevention, & Outreach Programs.
 
Join us on Thursday, June 12 at 5:30 pm at RedLine Gallery (2350 Arapahoe Street, Denver, CO) for a Cocktail Reception, as we celebrate/highlight MHAC's education, prevention, and outreach programs.  Tickets are available TODAY!  Contact Lara Cordes at 720.208.2227 or lcordes@mhacolorado.org to purchase tickets or to become an event sponsor.
 
Come celebrate with us at this MHAC event/cocktail reception featuring art & poetry from Check Your Head students, stories of impact from MHAC program recipients, a presentation of the Sandra Rhodes Community Leader Award, plus great food, wine, and beer.


In the event of a Mental Health Crisis:

>Call 911 (always call 911 in a Mental Health Emergency)

>Contact your local mental health center.

>Metro Crisis Services 888-885-1222 24-hour Emergency mental health &substance abuse intervention services for the seven county metro area.

>Suicide Hotline 800-273-TALK (8255)


>Are you in need of free or low-cost counseling or Information &Referral Resources? Learn more about the Pro Bono Counseling &Referral Program and see if you qualify
Contact:
720.208.2238


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Mission: Mental Health America of Colorado serves the people of Colorado by collaborating with strategic partners to promote mental health, expand access to services and transform systems of healthcare.

Vision: A healthy Colorado free of stigma and discrimination, where every person has full access to high quality services for all mental health and substance use disorders.


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