Please use these resources as a guide to teach, share, learn and speak about mental illnesses and stigma.

For Organizations

Congratulations on your commitment to join Let’s Talk Colorado in ending mental illness stigma! We welcome your organization, company, or community!

Before you begin implementing the campaign, however, we’d like to provide a little background – as well as some ideas and action steps – to help you and your organization get ready to talk more openly about mental illnesses.

Let’s Talk Colorado was developed in collaboration with (list of coalition members, from About Us) to encourage individuals to talk more openly about mental illnesses. By breaking the silence, the Let’s Talk Colorado campaign hopes to destigmatize mental illnesses so people will be more willing to seek out the care they need. By implementing Let’s Talk Colorado, you can foster an environment where everyone feels understood and supported.

Other Resources

Douglas County Youth Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition
http://www.dougcoprevention.org/
The Douglas County Youth Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition created this website to empower young people in our community to make good choices for their health and well-being. We hope by doing so we can prevent or reduce substance abuse amongst our teens and young adults.

Make It Ok
http://makeitok.org/
This award-winning project was originally funded by the Redwing Shoe Company, and discusses what mental illness stigma is, how it impacts those with mental illness, and how to reduce it in our everyday dealings with those in our lives.

Man Therapy
https://mantherapy.org/
Part of a multi-agency effort, including the Colorado Office of Suicide Prevention and the Carson J Spencer Foundation, Man Therapy is giving men a resource they desperately need. A resource to help them with any problem that life sends their way, something to set them straight on the realities of suicide and mental health, and in the end, a tool to help put a stop to the suicide deaths of so many of our men.

Pregnancy-Related Depression
https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/pregnancy-related-depression/
Pregnancy-related depression is depression that occurs during pregnancy or after giving birth, including after a pregnancy loss. In Colorado, nearly 1 in 9 women who give birth will experience signs and symptoms of depression. This makes depression the most common complication of pregnancy. Find out if you are at risk, and find resources here.

Early Childhood Colorado Partnership (ECCP)
http://eccp.civiccanopy.org/message-platform/
In 2015, the Early Childhood Colorado Partnership (ECCP) convened more than 25 stakeholders to develop Colorado’s Early Childhood Shared Message Bank. This bank provides messaging for early childhood stakeholders to use across the state to speak from a collective voice, engage more audiences and mobilize action to address early adversity and toxic stress in children. Partners across the state are using these resources to leverage their work with consistent messaging when discussing early childhood development, adversity, and toxic stress to keep shifting social norms toward positive social change for family and child well-being in Colorado. The Message Bank also includes examples of materials other partners have used.

Speak Now
https://www.speaknowcolorado.org/
In Spanish
http://www.hableahoracolorado.org/
Speak Now is an effort of the Colorado Department of Human Services, Office of Behavioral Health, focused on providing evidence-based information and resources to parents and caregivers regarding youth substance abuse prevention in Colorado. Speak Now addresses the use of alcohol and marijuana, and the misuse of prescription drugs and other drugs among Colorado's youth. It's an educational resource for parents and caregivers on how to start conversations and keep them going about the risks of alcohol, marijuana, prescription drugs and other drugs among youth.

Colorado Mental Wellness Network
http://www.coloradomentalwellnessnetwork.org/
Through education and advocacy, the Network seeks to provide opportunities for individuals to improve the quality of their lives, give back to the community through meaningful roles, and to change the perceptions of mental health.

Mental Health Colorado
http://www.mentalhealthcolorado.org/
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.

Colorado Crisis Services
http://coloradocrisisservices.org/
If you don’t know where to begin getting mental health, substance use or emotional help for yourself or someone you know—start here. We provide confidential and immediate support, 24/7/365. If you are in crisis or need help dealing with one, call this toll-free number 1-844-493-TALK (8255) or text TALK to 38255 to speak to a trained professional.

Our walk-in crisis services are open 24/7, and offer confidential, in-person crisis support, information and referrals to anyone in need. View the map on our website to find walk-in crisis services near you.

Colorado Crisis Services Walk-In Centers

Kaiser Permanente
https://share.kaiserpermanente.org/article/find-your-words-to-fight-stigma-around-depression/
Kaiser Permanente is committed to tackling the stigma around mental illness and is teaming up with other organizations, including the National Alliance on Mental Illness, National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, Crisis Text Line and Mental Health America, to change the conversation around mental health. The public health awareness effort, “Find Your Words,” focuses on mental health and wellness with spots for TV, theater, digital and radio featuring lyrics that talk about depression in an honest and inspiring way.

Mental Health First Aid Colorado
http://www.mhfaco.org/
Mental Health First Aid Colorado promotes and supports mental health education and wellness for Coloradans. In a Mental Health First Aid course, you will learn signs and symptoms of a mental health challenge or crisis, what to do in an emergency, and where to get help.

NAMI Colorado
http://www.namicolorado.org/
NAMI Colorado is located in Metro Denver. We serve an extended community throughout the State of Colorado. Our staff is experienced in helping get you the information and in touch with the right contacts. Our focus is to connect, educate, and support the mental health issues and needs of today. NAMI Colorado has 15 local affiliate organizations across the state.

Early Childhood Partnership of Adams County (ECPAC)
https://www.ecpac.org/project-launch/
Funded by the Substance Abuse Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA) to the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) in partnership with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) and the Early Childhood Partnership of Adams County (ECPAC)
Project LAUNCH has the following objectives through promoting a holistic perspective, foster an ecological framework, and employ a public health approach:

  • Improve coordination and collaboration across the systems that serve young children and their families
  • Provide greater access to high-quality care and evidence-based programs for young children and their families
  • Raise awareness and increase knowledge about young child wellness through public education and workforce development activities

National Alliance on Mental Illness/Arapahoe and Douglas Counties
http://www.namiadco.org/
NAMI Arapahoe/Douglas Counties is a local Colorado affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). Our mission at NAMI Arapahoe/Douglas Counties is to provide education, support, and advocacy for people whose lives are impacted by mental illness. We are here to help families and individuals with their mental health goals including support and recovery.

NAMI works to achieve equitable services and treatment for more than 15 million Americans living with severe mental illnesses and their families. Hundreds of thousands of volunteers participate in more than one thousand local affiliates and fifty state organizations to provide mental health education and support, combat stigma, support increased funding for research, and advocate for adequate health insurance, housing, rehabilitation, and jobs for people with mental illness.

CeDAR
www.cedarcolorado.org
CeDAR is The Center for Dependency, Addiction and Rehabilitation. Founded in November, 2005, CeDAR is a premier substance use and co-occurring disorders provider of residential and outpatient treatment uniquely integrated into the University of Colorado Hospital, a nationally recognized academic medical center affiliated with the University of Colorado School of Medicine. This partnership allows CeDAR to develop, implement and continually advance a highly specialized, multi-disciplinary treatment approach.

CeDAR provides a full continuum of care including:

  • Intensive, medically managed detoxification and stabilization
  • Intensive Residential
  • Extended Residential
  • Day Treatment
  • Intensive Outpatient Treatment
  • Outpatient Counseling
  • Addiction Psychiatry
  • Integrated Addiction Medicine and Primary Care
  • Recovery Management and Support Services

Porter Adventist Hospital (Centura Health): Support, Therapy and Treatment
Behavioral Health Services at Porter Adventist Hospital offer an array of comprehensive treatment services ranging from outpatient therapy and psychiatric medication management to Electro-convulsive Therapy and acute hospitalization.

Behavioral Health Services provides confidential, compassionate and professional care tailored to individual needs.

Some of the behavioral health programs offered at Porter Adventist Hospital include:

  • The Centre for Behavioral Health offers outpatient services that include psychiatric medication management, outpatient therapy and programs
  • Chemical Dependency Intensive Outpatient Program (CD-IOP) providing comprehensive treatment for individuals presenting with a pattern of substance abuse or dependency
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) groups that offer cognitive-based, highly-structured group therapy
  • Mental Health Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP) designed for individuals stepping down from inpatient treatment or those assessed as needing a higher level of treatment services than outpatient counseling
  • Electroconvulsive Therapy Services offering expert inpatient and outpatient electro-stimulus therapy
  • Adult Inpatient Hospitalization for those with severe behavioral health problems
  • Geriatric Inpatient Hospitalization providing compassionate care for people ages 65 and older

For more information: http://www.porterhospital.org/WorkArea/DownloadAsset.aspx?id=6257

Children’s Hospital Colorado

https://www.childrenscolorado.org/doctors-and-departments/departments/psych/family-resources/break-the-stigma/

The Pediatric Mental Health Institute (PMHI) at Children’s Hospital Colorado is dedicated to making a positive impact in the lives of children and adolescents by expanding the reach of evidence-based, family-focused mental health care. They serve children and adolescents with a wide variety of behavioral and mental health needs, and are committed to breaking the stigma of mental health.

Highlands Behavioral Health

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