Are you or someone you know in need of help now?
If you or someone you know is in need of support, please contact Colorado Crisis Services at 1-844-493-TALK (8255), text "TALK" to 38255, or go to the Colorado Crisis Services website to access a live chat available in 17 languages. Help and hope are available 24/7/365.
What is mental health?
Mental health is a state of balance in our thoughts, emotions and behaviors. Positive mental health allows us to feel good about life, supporting our ability to participate in daily activities and accomplish our goals.
Everyone, regardless of gender, age, race, income, or religion, faces challenges with their mood, emotions and behavior from time to time. It's important to talk about our mental health with someone we trust, and seek professional care when we need it, just as we would with a physical injury or ailment.
Challenges to positive mental heath are nobody's fault and the discussion applies to everyone, no matter for temporary or serious their mental health needs are. They are so common that 20% of people in the United States will experience a mental health issue this year, with symptoms ranging from mildly disruptive to severe depending on the condition. However, the majority of mental health issues go untreated because people are still afraid to talk about them due to shame, misunderstanding, negative attitudes, and fear of discrimination.
What is TCHD doing to address the crisis?
- Let's Talk Colorado campaign to reduce stigma and work with safety-net clinics to better address detection and treatment of mental health problems
- Client referral and connection to mental health resources and service providers
- Provide support to and foster resiliency of individual clients
- Partner with agency and community colleagues to provide comprehensive support to individuals
- Participate in the development of and continue to support the Pregnancy-Related Depression state campaign
- Improve system collaboration around mental health screening and referral to treatment, particularly with children, mothers and families, and people at higher risk for mental illness
- Build awareness of the impact of adverse experiences and trauma on children's and adult's health
- Educate and support medical providers in the use of mental health screening, treatment guidelines, and community referral resources
- Build community connection and reduce social isolation
- Enhance existing population-level mental health promotion and illness data