It's time to talk about mental health.
This is one of several forums being held in conjunction with CCM’s Time to Talk series on the state of mental health in Douglas County. They are being sponsored in partnership with Douglas County Libraries and the Douglas County Mental Health Initiative.
Join us at the Lone Tree Library, 10055 Library Way, Lone Tree, Colo., from 7-9 p.m. on Thursday, April 26.
The event is free but we request that you register in advance so we know how many people to prepare for by filling out this form.
Andrew Romanoff, CEO Mental Health Colorado, "Breaking down the barriers"
A Chaparral High School sophomore and peer leader in Sources of Strength, talking about her work in the program and challenge with an eating disorder. Learn more here and here.Kristen Torres, a Colorado State University student and Douglas County grad, former member of the Youth Action Board of Children’s Hospital Colorado, talking about depression. Learn more here.Exhibits:
It will also feature an interactive traveling exhibit from Children’s Youth Action Board: "Mental Health is All Our Stories." Learn more about it here.
For more information, please call 303-566-4100.
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.
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