A Welcoming Space for Health, Hope, and Well-Being
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The Dahlia Campus for Health and Well-Being is the result of a strong partnership between the Mental Health Center of Denver and the Northeast Park Hill community, understanding that those in the community are the ones who know best how to improve their health and well-being.
About the Campus
Over the last several years, Northeast Park Hill residents have shared their ideas about well-being, health, education, food access, access to dental care and mental health. Building on the strengths of the community and informed by natural community leaders, Dahlia Campus offers a comprehensive array of services focused on what neighbors report they need, including:
Our Campus features:
• A four-acre site at 35th and Dahlia in northeast Denver.
• 46,000 square feet of indoor classroom, play, community and therapy space.
• Outdoor components include play areas, counseling gardens and an urban farm.
The entire Denver community is welcome here
Everyone is invited to visit and participate in the many offerings available at the Dahlia Campus for Health & Well-Being.
Programs & Services
We proudly serve:
• Families, children, and adults of all ages
• Spanish speaking adults and families
• Youth, including those experiencing homelessness or youth who may be at risk for suicide or self-harm
• Deaf and hard of hearing adults, children and families
Putting Community Back in Community Mental Health
Denver’s Northeast Park Hill is a proud neighborhood filled with strong people. Built in the 1950s, Dahlia Square was the largest African-American-owned shopping center in the U.S. with a thriving grocery store, roller-skating rink, bowling alley and a full array of local businesses. But times changed and gradually the once popular neighborhood nucleus became an eyesore and was razed. It became a gaping hole in the neighborhood fabric.
Over the years, many groups from outside the community offered help. But promises were broken, plans fell apart and the vacant lot remained. When the Mental Health Center of Denver purchased the land several years ago, neighbors were wary. Maya Wheeler, an advocate for the African-American community, was one of them. She worried that mostly white clinicians and social workers would come into the primarily African-American and Latino neighborhood to solve community problems with prescription drugs.
Lydia Prado, Ph.D., vice president of child and family services at the Mental Health Center of Denver, spent nearly three years meeting with community members and other stakeholders and listening to what people in the surrounding neighborhood wanted and needed to help their community thrive. “Little by little we got to know each other and crafted a vision together about what would make a difference,” she says.