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
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 drop by on Fridays from 1 - 3 pm for a tour and 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:
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.
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.
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A Place for Young People to Thrive
"Emerson St. is a place where young people can thrive and be themselves. Our role is to support them in their path of well-being."
Michelle Wiley, Emerson St. Program Manager
Preferred Pronouns: She, Her, Hers
Find Our Story in the Denver Post
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.
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.”