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As its clients stay home, Mental Health Center of Denver has turned to delivery

Denverite | April 6, 2020

As a Mental Health Center of Denver case worker, Evan Robertson’s job has involved a lot of driving.

The licensed counselor has chauffeured clients to government offices to help them apply for driver’s licenses or food stamps or to replace a lost birth certificate. Along the way, Robertson would take the opportunity to try to draw his passenger out about what he or she might be struggling with — anxiety, concern about relapsing into alcohol or drug abuse. He calls it “car counseling. Do it on the way to Social Security.”

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Virtual mental health check: Services will likely remain available remotely

Denver7 | April 1, 2020

When stay-at-home orders went into effect in Colorado, the state's largest mental health counseling service had no choice but to go virtual. Denver7's David Klugh explains how COVID-19 converted an entire industry likely forever.

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Connected Colorado: Coping in Uncertain Times

Colorado Communications and Utility Alliance | April 1, 2020

During this very stressful time, we want to help! We’ll talk about strategies to help you through the isolation and fear, and give you some resources, and hope! Watch Connected Colorado as we speak to some local experts about coping in these uncertain times.

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‘The unknown creates a lot of unease’ Mental health professionals provide tips to manage anxiety

The Washington Park Profile | March 27, 2020

It is natural for the unknown to create a lot of distress.

“Accept anxiety as an integral part of human experience,” said Vincent Atchity, president and CEO of Mental Health Colorado. But “the key is not to let anxiety get the better of us.”

There are “age-old tricks” people can do to support their mental health and “ease the anxiety you and your friends and loved ones likely feel” in the midst of this public health crisis, Atchity said.

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Just Breathe: How to Manage Your Mental Health During a Global Crisis

5280 Magazine | March 26, 2020

It feels as though the entire world is on fire. Every day exhausts us as if a week has passed. The news isn’t slowing down. The…

Stop.
Breathe in. Breathe out.
[Repeat as many times as needed]

Yes, we are living through history right now. A crisis of global proportions is leaving many of us fearful, uncertain, stressed, and overwhelmed. And that’s OK. It’s OK to feel however you are feeling right at this moment. But there are also things we all can—and should—do to maintain our own mental wellness.

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Traveling with Kids During the COVID-19 Crisis: 11 Safety Precautions to Take, According to Experts

Family Vacation Critic | March 20, 2020

The decision to travel with your kids during the COVID-19 outbreak is a personal one.

If you’re still planning to take your spring break trip or go on that long-awaited summer vacation, there are some safety measures you can take to stay as healthy as possible. We spoke with several experts about what you should do if traveling during the Coronavirus outbreak, especially when flying.

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How Denver Residents Are Coping with the Anxiety of the Coronavirus

5280 Magazine | March 18, 2020

The novel coronavirus is real—and it’s highly contagious. So too is the anxiety Denverites feel this week. Whether or not you’re physically ill, it’s becoming a starker reality every day that this pandemic is impacting everyone.

I was on Colfax Avenue last weekend and talked with a man who goes by the name Good Time Charlie. He was standing out front of a motel where he sometimes stays, smoking a cigarette. He offered a warm smile through his bushy gray beard when I approached. He told me he often eats and drinks from what he finds in trash bins. “But I’m not doing that no more,” he said. “I don’t want to catch nothing.”

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At Sally’s Café, a Mental Health Center of Denver vocational rehabilitation program, food feeds more than our bodies

Denverite | February 14, 2020

A pipe outside burst on a chilly morning, just hours before a Valentine’s celebration was planned at Sally’s Café.

James Walker happened to have come in early for his evening shift at the café. He saw his colleagues doing what they could to prepare despite having no running water. He pitched in to help scoop ground turkey into meatballs.

Walker is training as he works at Sally’s Café, which is located at and serves clients and staff of a Mental Health Center of Denver location in Baker. Walker said his kitchen skills have improved. His reaction to Thursday’s setback — which in the end did not derail the special annual meal designed to show a little love to Sally’s regulars — was evidence of the resilience that the job-readiness program is also trying to foster.

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Caring for Denver Issues First Grants Worth About $2 Million

5280 Magazine | February 4, 2020

As most voters are aware, it can feel like ages between the moment a ballot initiative is passed on Election Day and its implementation. In the case of Caring for Denver (the ballot initiative aimed at helping Denverites experiencing mental health struggles and substance misuse issues) it’s been 15 months of waiting. But for good reason.

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One Woman’s Holistic Approach to the Housing Affordability Crisis

New York Times | February 1, 2020

When Melinda Pollack reflects on the proudest moments of her career, she often thinks about the day in 2016 that Sanderson Apartments in Denver opened.

As a senior vice president with Enterprise Community Partners, Pollack has a long history in affordable housing development. Sanderson Apartments represents many of the qualities Pollack says that good — as well as affordable — housing should embody.

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Using Trauma-Informed Design, Buildings Become Tools for Recovery

The Colorado Trust | January 30, 2020

It’s less than 30 degrees outside early on a December morning, and the temperature isn’t expected to rise much higher. Just a few years ago, Michael Bullen would have been doing everything he could to stay warm and survive while living on the streets in the Athmar Park area, a backpack as his only possession. Divorce initiated what he calls a “downward spiral,” a decade-long period during which he roamed between states with no place to call home.

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If You Are Serious About Sustainability, Social Equity Can’t Be Just Another Add-On

Metropolis Magazine | January 6, 2020

In August 2018, the NAACP announced Centering Equity in the Sustainable Building Sector, an initiative that addresses an uncomfortable truth: Sustainable design is increasingly a luxury commodity.

“Communities of color and low income communities bear the brunt of the impacts of unhealthy, energy inefficient, and disaster vulnerable buildings,” reads the NAACP’s statement. “Yet, as one looks around the tables or worksites of the sustainable and regenerative building sector, there is little representation of the populations most impacted by our current proliferation of unsustainable, inefficient, sometimes unsafe, and often unhealthy building stock.”

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Denver’s police partnership with mental health professionals likely to extend through 2020

Colorado Politics | December 19, 2019

Denver’s police department for the last three years has worked side-by-side with behavioral health clinicians to co-respond to 911 calls and treat people in mental distress more like patients than prisoners — an initiative likely to stick around, at least through 2020.

A $700,000 contract extension between the city’s Department of Public Health and Environment and the Mental Health Center of Denver to keep the co-responder program running through the end of next year advanced through City Council’s safety committee on Wednesday and will be brought forth to the full council in early January.

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Denver Police sees success by pairing behavioral health specialists with officers

9News | December 18, 2019

The Denver Police Department said it's seeing success by pairing behavioral health specialists with officers while responding to 911 calls. Wednesday, the Denver Department of Public Health and Environment, which helps oversee this program, told the city council that the co-responder units answered 1,725 calls last year.

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