Let’s Talk Mental Health in Colorado

With about one in five Americans experiencing a mental condition in their lifetime, there is a need for our society to talk more openly about mental illness. To put it further into perspective, more people experience mental illness than are left-handed. So why is it so difficult to talk about when it’s so prevalent? The stigma around mental health can isolate individuals who suffer from a mental illness, prohibiting them from having conversations about their illness or seeking treatment. The stigma…


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Giving patients in crisis the treatment they deserve

By: Moe Keller/Mental Health Colorado Vice President of Public Policy If you thought that Coloradans experiencing a mental health crisis have been taken to a therapeutic environment for treatment you would be wrong. Often, especially in the rural areas of our state, persons gravely disabled or considered an imminent risk of danger to themselves or others are taken to jail. They have committed no crime, but are housed in a jail cell due to the lack of a hospital bed, mental health center or crisis…


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Mental Illness is Real and Treatable

“How could anyone here be depressed?” That was one of the questions I recently heard on a trip to Eagle County. A colleague and I have been traveling throughout the state to discuss mental health and substance use disorders. For all its beauty, of course, Colorado is not free from such disorders. Providers are scarce, the cost of care can be steep, and the myths that surround mental illness (“It’s your own fault”; “It’s all in your head”; “You can just snap out of it”) can be…


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I’ll trade you social change for industry imbalance

The great industry shifts of our time are like a Recruiter’s search process; it’s always an evolution. Being in hiring and employment, trends fascinate me; what direction are things going, why and how does this affect us? The mental health industry has certainly seen its fair share of highs and lows over the years, but more recent years have brought an imbalanced mix of supply and demand that’s confounded some social scientists. Let’s look back. 2008 to 2010 I like to affectionately refer…


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The Medical Center of Aurora Expands Service Offerings to Benefit Community They Serve

Written By Paul Evans Director of Business Development for Behavioral Health at The Medical Center of Aurora Whether revered for a world record setting decathlon victory in the 1976 Montreal Olympics, or detested for a prominent role in the ever dramatic E! Series, “Keeping up with the Kardashians,” one thing remains clear, everyone tends to have an opinion about Caitlyn Jenner. Millennials were not alive for the 1976 Olympics, and many never kept up with the Kardashians, so most of us find…


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Invest in workplace mental health equality to protect your bottom line

1 in 4 of us have a mental health condition, making these some of the most prevalent diagnoses in the nation. They are also among the most undertreated. Despite the fact that treatment is effective for at least 80% of people with the most common mental health conditions, less than a third of people who need help seek it . This is due to lack of knowledge about mental health symptoms and how to pursue treatment, negative attitudes toward treatment, and fear of discrimination, especially in the workplace…


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Getting down to business with mental health wellness in Colorado

By Steve Ebner Marketing Director, Citywide Banks Our story in Colorado is just beginning. Business is good and there is plenty of optimism on the horizon. Colorado is in the midst of big growth and modernization. Millennials and other transplants are flocking to our state for the jobs, the recreation, the weather, and the Colorado lifestyle we all love. However, that’s just one side of Colorado’s story. According to NAMI Colorado, more than a million Coloradans are affected by mental illness.…


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Integrating medical and behavioral health

Overview Historically, behavioral health and medical health have existed in silos, and behavioral health conditions have not received as much focus as medical conditions. These silos have perpetuated the stigma associated with behavioral health and resulted in unmet care needs, adversely impacting health outcomes and significantly impacting health care costs. In 2012, individuals with co-occurring behavioral and medical conditions incurred almost $300 billion in additional health care costs.1 It…


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Combating Mental Health with Exercise

DEPRESSION Depression is one of the most common mental health disorders in the U.S. In 2014, an estimated 15.7 million adults experienced major depression. Exercise may be the last thing you want to do when you’re depressed, but studies show that regular exercise may be as effective as anti-depressant medication. The link between exercise and mood is not completely understood, but experts believe positive effects are caused by a couple things: Exercise releases “feel-good” chemicals in your…


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Substance Abuse in the Workplace: Hidden Costs and How to Help Your Staff

By Mike Butler Arapahoe House President and CEO Picture someone addicted to drugs or alcohol. What do they look like in your mind? If your image does not resemble a colleague or employee, someone who needs your help may be hiding in plain sight. Seventy-five percent of adults struggling with substance abuse are in the workforce. Often, the most telling symptom is continued use despite negative consequences— a person continues using drugs or alcohol even when it is causing problems on the job,…


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