News from the Mental Health Center of Denver

Quarterly Media Update: October – December 2018 ~

Fall is in the air and we’re busy wrapping up the weekly Farmers Markets at our Dahlia Campus for Health & Well-Being. The final quarter of 2018 has lots in store for the Mental Health Center of Denver. Here’s an overview of events and story ideas to consider:

Sign Up for Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) on World Mental Health Day, 10/12  – What better way to commemorate World Mental Health Day than to sign up for one of our MHFA classes? We offer Mental Health First Aid classes for adults, adults assisting youth and special classes delivered in Spanish and American Sign Language. Find more information at https://mhcd.org/mental-health-first-aid/

CrossFit & Yoga w/your Parole Officer & Clinician? PHASE Bridges Gap Between Probation/Parole & Mental Health Care – As January 1 approaches, many people will resolve to get in shape by working out at a local gym. But for participants in a unique program called PHASE, physical exercise is only part of the equation. PHASE is a partnership between the Mental Health Center of Denver, the Denver Adult Probation Office, and The Phoenix, and offers participants the opportunity to work out alongside their probation officer and mental health practitioner. Afterward, they sit down together for a group treatment session. Topics range from relapse prevention to emotional regulation to cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) techniques. 

Co-Responder Program Selected as Finalist for Prestigious National Award – Our Co-Responder Program was selected as one of seven finalists for the Innovations in American Government Award from the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. The program pairs a clinician with Denver Police Officers to jointly answer mental health calls and has helped divert people in a mental health crisis to treatment instead of jail.

Media Invited to Gifts of Hope on 10/17 – Media are invited to join us for our annual fundraising breakfast, which will feature information on various programs highlighting how we serve the Denver community. In 2017, more than 550 community leaders and mental health advocates joined to help us raise much needed funds and show their support.

Veteran’s Day, 11/12 • Honor a Veteran on Veteran’s Day November 12 with a Patriotic & Therapeutic Flower Basket – Our Horticulture Therapist can demonstrate how to create patriotic and therapeutic flower baskets to honor Veterans. She selects flowers and herbs with healing properties. Learn how you can do this at home and why working with flowers and plants can be so healing and uplifting.

Learn how the Mental Health Center of Denver helps Refugees and Immigrants through its unique Mental Health Outreach to Faith Communities – Over the past decade, the Mental Health Center of Denver has engaged faith communities to incorporate spirituality in mental health treatment, as well as help faith leaders to refer people in need of services. For many people, especially immigrants and refugees, their spirituality and place of worship play a major role in seeking help during a crisis. World Mental Health Day is an ideal day to showcase this program’s success with immigrants/refugees living in Denver.

The Mental Health Center of Denver to Recognize Denver’s Transgender Day of Remembrance, 11/20 •Research shows four in 10 transgender people attempt suicide. We have several programs to support the transgender community, including youth programs through our Emerson St. for Teens & Young Adults.

Colorado Gives Day, 12/4 • Mental Health Center of Denver to Join in Colorado’s Day of Giving – Once again, we will participate in Colorado’s annual movement to increase philanthropy in Colorado.

Give “Gifts of Joy” to Children & Adults Living with Mental Illness – “Gifts of Joy” make the holidays brighter for the people served by the Mental Health Center of Denver. We rely on the generous donations of our community to make sure each child and adult we serve receives a gift this holiday season. Donors can shop for a specific gift for a child’s wish list or give a gift card or cash donation. 

How to Spot Depression in your Student over Holiday Break – Parents often discover that the child who left for college in the fall comes home changed for the holidays. And with more than 30 percent of college students experiencing some level of depression in the past year, our therapists can offer advice so that parents can be aware of warning signs and offer tips to help connect your college kid to help.


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