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 therapy or wellness workshops? We are excited to offer Pop-In Hours from 1:00 - 4:00 pm on Tuesdays and Fridays for you to come check us out! At Pop-In Hours, you can:

  • Get a tour and general information between 1:00 - 4:00 pm
  • Attend a pop-in workshop (creative writing, art, drum circle, etc.) between 1:30 - 4:00 pm

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.


Workshop, Group & Activity Schedule

Explore a current list of the workshops, groups, classes and activities offered at Emerson St. Pop-In Hours are from 1:00 - 4:00 pm on Tuesdays and Fridays. See class schedule for specific closures.

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.

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

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 is 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.”

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Tall, slender and athletic, Gaël (who choose his pseudonym after briefly conversing with author in French and being reminded of his favorite tennis player) is an avid reader, loves all things that fall under the umbrella of, “physical activity” and movies. Namely Star Wars. Yes, he’s excited to see the new movie. “I remember seeing the first of the prequels with my Dad and brother when I was younger and walking around the house cloaked in a blanket and vanquishing foes left, right, and center for years afterwards. 
“My path to Emerson started long before my 2014 episode. Before starting my Junior year of high school my Dad was diagnosed with cancer. I stopped inviting friends to come over to our house due to his physical regression. He passed a little under a month after I had started college, and I made the decision to come home to be with my Mom and younger brother. I underestimated the struggles dealing with my Dad’s death without my friends’ support. My younger brother, still in high school, had both friends and classes to keep him occupied, while the majority of my friends were scattered over the country and I was waiting for the Spring Semester to begin at Metro State.” 
School has been a tumultuous experience. Three mental health hospitalizations for his mother, and no clear goal for his studies meant consistent inconsistency. His language studies led him to take trips to Germany, France, and Central America, where he says he made great memories, even if they were fleeting. Gaël did find comfort working at a restaurant for five years as well as lifeguarding and teaching tennis for Parks and Recreation to pay his way through school.
“Emerson Street is a new program. during the beginning of the Summer the house was only open twice a week. There were numerous instances where I would argue with my mom before leaving to go. Lamenting about how we don’t do anything. How I didn’t want to make the 30 minute walk there to sit around and talk about nothing, to work in the garden, how I didn’t want to draw or paint. The Summer days got longer; the list of things I could do at Emerson grew, just like the plants. I began looking forward to seeing the people there, nervous to go to yoga, excited to see the peppers, tomatoes, and collared greens get big and bigger. I began dreading leaving Emerson in the afternoon to go home to watch T.V. and wait for my mother to get home from work. I looked forward to the walk there and back again each day. I began to like it. It’s grown on me and I’ve grown with it.”
Gaël was not working when interviewed, yet stated he was deciding between two offers, one of which he accepted. He is working full time now and makes the trip to Emerson weekly for therapy and when possible for group and/ or drop in activities.