Keyword: mental health
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‘The Departure’ aims for hope, inspiration

For west Jefferson County high school student Micah Wilson, the healing power of music inspired him to explore mental illness in his debut album, “The Departure,” which will be released on … more

Miners Alley brings ‘Frog Prince’ to audiences’ homes

Through the month of May, Golden’s Miners Alley Playhouse has embraced the on-demand approach to connect with audiences and its community during the COVID-19 shutdown. The company launched its new … more

Colorado Community Media earns honors in multi-state contest

Colorado Community Media reporters won seven awards, including three first-place honors, in the Society of Professional Journalists’ 2020 Top of the Rockies Contest. The contest matched papers from … more

Mental health and COVID-19: Practice kindness, connect with others, journal

With a global pandemic closing schools, businesses, entire communities and threatening people's livelihoods in addition to their health, it can be difficult to stifle the anxiety, stress and fear … more

Rick Padilla fights for Colorado mental health law after Jack Padilla's suicide

After Jack Padilla, a freshman at Cherry Creek High School, took his own life in February 2019, his family saw an outpouring of support: A school walkout where some students wore “#Jackstrong” … more

Colorado bill seeking to ban same-sex marriage, adoption voted down

Invoking the case of a Lakewood baker who refused to make a same-sex wedding cake and took the issue to the Supreme Court, some Republicans in the Colorado Legislature pushed bills to prevent … more

Two teens found dead in suspected murder-suicide

A suspected mental health-related incident has left two teenagers dead in Douglas County, Sheriff Tony Spurlock said during a Jan. 15 news conference. The incident, which is being investigated as a murder-suicide, began at Mile High Academy in Highlands Ranch on Jan. 14. The victim, a 17-year-old girl, got in a car with Samuel Hoffman, 18, after school. more

Colorado communities rally following shooting; mental health resources abound

In the aftermath of tragedy, mental health experts point to resources and encourage the community to stay resilient. “We are strong. Colorado is strong,” said Dr. Sarah Davidon, research director … more

How to talk about mental illness

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, … more

‘I felt like I was failing all the time’

Throughout her life, Lissa Miller experienced some depression and anxiety. The mental health disorders run in her family. She managed her symptoms by being mindful and exercising. In her early 20s, … more

WATCH: Time to Talk public forum on mental health and families

It's time to talk about mental health. Mothers and mental health advocates talk about how mental illness affects families, and why — and how — we need to talk about it. The free community … more

'You're supposed to be the hero'

As a husband and father, Hal Knight believed he needed to take care of everyone. To your children, "you're supposed to be the hero," he said. To your spouse, “you're supposed to be the guy taking … more

Fear of judgment keeps men from talking about mental illness

Although one in five adults live with a mental illness, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, many fear speaking openly about their mental health. A Parker man, who spoke to Colorado … more

Editorial: It takes a unified front to treat a dual diagnosis

For Terry Schamberger, 51, a lifelong addiction to alcohol began when he was 13, triggered by emotional trauma caused by the death of his sister in a car accident and an unsettled family life. For … more

Coalition focuses on preventing substance abuse among county’s youth

The Douglas County Youth Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition — which works to prevent substance use among young people — reports to the Douglas County Mental Health Initiative, a partnership of … more

‘They told me if I had a house and a car I could afford it’

When Chrysta Reese’s daughter revealed she was struggling with a heroin addiction, Reese immediately sought help. “The first time she called me and was really sick, I thought she was dying. I was … more

‘He really still takes one day at a time’

For Kendra Rhoades, the problem was not convincing her or her husband that their teenage son Jacob struggled with substance abuse. The problem was convincing Jacob, even after his marijuana use … more

Stress, social status among reasons for teen substance use

The Douglas County Youth Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition found in a community-needs assessment from the Tri-County Health Department that more than 26 percent of high school students in the … more

Time to Talk: Addiction, mental health ‘inherently linked’

Terry Schamberger took his last alcoholic drink on July 1, 2007, about 27 years after he drank his first beer at 13. Alcohol, he believes, was about to cost him his family. “I knew my kids were … more

WATCH: Mental health and youth community forum April 26, 2018

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. more
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