Emerson St. for Teens & Young Adults

Emerson St.
for Teens & Young Adults

Emerson St. provides a supportive community for teens and young adults, ages 15 – 26, seeking connection and belonging. This inclusive, welcoming place offers a variety of activities and services that support young people in enhancing their mental health and overall well-being.


How to Get Engaged

Join Us by Dropping In

Come join us for workshops that support your well-being. Most of our workshops are free and open to the public. We offer a diverse array of wellness classes and sober activities.

Sign Up for Therapy

Do you want to talk to someone about your goals? Where you find meaning and purpose in life? What your well-being looks like? We offer therapeutic services for young people.


New to Emerson St.? No Appointment Necessary!

Do you want to learn more about Emerson St.? Are you interested in wellness workshops? Feel free to contact Sarah Shipman at 303-504-3989 to schedule a tour and for more information about how to access our services.

Classes and Workshops Open to Anyone

Our workshops are free and open to the public. We offer a diverse array of wellness classes and sober activities, including:

Creative Pursuits

Express your artistic self through art for healing and growth. We offer creative writing, front porch music jams, watercolor, book arts, and more.

Exercise & Recreation

The mind-body connection begins here. Join us for street yoga, walking groups, biking, hiking, and more.

Learning and Connection

Learn a skill, explore a hobby, or meet up with like-minded folks. Join us for financial literacy, cooking, anime, bike building, computer skills, LGBTQA support, Voz y Corazón & more.

Therapeutic Services

Emerson St. offers a range of services for those enrolled in our Therapeutic Services. If you or someone you know would like get enrolled in our therapeutic services, call our Access Team to schedule an appointment at (303) 504-7900. Our approach to mental health treatment is collaborative and takes the whole person into account. The following services are offered to those enrolled at Emerson St.

Individual & Group Therapy

We offer individual, family, and group therapy at Emerson St., as well as treatment for substance use. Psychiatry is also available. Interested? We make it easy:

  • Call our Access Team to schedule an appointment at (303) 504-7900
  • Contact us for more information

Education & Employment

Education Specialists help with academic success, high school equivalency testing (GED/HiSET/TASC), college search/applying/navigating financial aid, and exploration of career/educational interests. Employment Specialists help with resume-building and cover letter-writing, interviewing skills, job search, and support to keep a job.

Contact us to get enrolled in our therapeutic services.

Peer Support

Peer Specialists offer support and model resiliency through their own life experiences with mental health and/or substance use. Our Peer Specialists help people navigate challenges, develop strengths, and lead meaningful lives in their communities.

Contact us to get enrolled in our therapeutic services.


Wellness Programs

Check out this month’s free workshops, groups, classes, and activities offered at Emerson St. by viewing our class schedule. You can also pick up a printed monthly calendar in person at Emerson St. Please call our main line for any last minute class confirmations or cancellations.

Contact Us or Drop By

Our Location

1610 N. Emerson St.
Denver, CO 80218

Emerson St. is one block north of Colfax Ave. at 1610 N. Emerson St.

Bus Routes: 15, 0, and 52 RTD Buses stop nearby

There is also 2-hour street parking in front of the building.


Monday - Friday

8:30 am - 5:30 pm

Contact Us

Email: EmersonSt@MHCD.org

Phone: (303) 504-3988

For specific questions, email us at EmersonSt@MHCD.org or call the Program Manager, Michelle Wiley at 303-504-3991.

Find Our Story in the Denver Post

Mental health center’s new house for youth is the “cool” version of a mental health clinic

Denver Post   |   November 2, 2016

At the community mental health center east of downtown, people scheduled for therapy appointments stamp out cigarette butts on the sidewalk after a few last drags. Inside, others picking up prescriptions sit in a hospital-like waiting area, some with everything they own stuffed in backpacks and shopping bags. Fairly often, someone shouts or sings or talks to themselves. Teenagers don’t like it here much.

So they don’t come often — to the Mental Health Center of Denver’s clinical offices or to its adult psychiatric rehab center south of downtown, where instructors teach culinary job skills in a cafe and art classes in a basement studio. In fact, the age group least likely to seek and get help at the mental health center is 17 to 25, about the same age range when many serious mental health issues — including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia — typically first emerge.

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Gaël's Story of Hope

Late adolescence and early adulthood can be a time when more acute mental health challenges may appear for the first time. Gaël, now 25, has been coming to Emerson Street since the Spring of 2015 not at his initiative, but of his mother’s (who also receives services at the Mental Health Center of Denver). “ I went through a manic episode at work in the Spring of 2014, followed by six months of hospitalizations. Most of the Winter and Spring was spent at home, alone, watching TV, surfing the internet and going out infrequently for walks or runs. It was only after my Mom drug me out of the house to take a tour of Emerson that I began to start doing things again.”