Vaping using electronic cigarettes is a major concern for our student community. E-cigarettes are small, hand-held nicotine delivery devices that heat a nicotine liquid into an inhalable vapor, which is highly addictive and can harm adolescent brain development according to the CDC. To better understand this issue, important information and resources can be found here: Vaping - Know the Truth
The Colorado Department of Human Services connects people with assistance, resources and support for living independently in our state. They can help your family consistently put food on the table, heat your home, find livable-wage work, and afford basic necessities like rent, utilities, milk and diapers. If you need assistance in any of these areas, please check out the following link: Colorado Department of Human Services
Suicides among young people continue to be a serious problem. Suicide is the second leading cause of death for children, adolescents, and young adults age 15-to-24-year-olds. Click the link for more information on risk factors and warning signs for adolescent suicide: Suicide Prevention and Intervention
- Mental Health Resources
- Mental Health Apps
- For LGBTQ+
- For Immigrants and Refugees
- For People of Color
- For Families
- For Survivors of Sexual Assault
- For Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Trauma
- For Substance Abuse
- For Eating Disorders
- Additional Resources
Mental Health Resources
Colorado Crisis Services: 1-844-493-TALK (8255) or text “TALK” to 38255. National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255) National Eating Disorder Helpline: 1-800-931-2237.
Safe2tell Colorado: 1-877-542-7233
Crisis Text Line: Text Home to 741741
• Saving Grace Therapy Services
• Vennessia Jimenez LPC, NCC
• (720) 655-0093
• Centus Counseling Center
• 3290 S Tower Rd, Aurora, CO 80013
• (303) 639-5240
• Family Life Counseling
• 6240 S main St Ste 265, Aurora, CO 80016
• (720) 274-5270
• Commerce City Outpatient
• 4371 E. 72nd Ave Commerce City, CO 80016
• (303) 853-3456
• Mental Health First Aid Colorado
• 303 E. 17th Ave Suite 910 Denver, CO 80203
• (720) 573-3585
• Denver Family Institute
• 3600 S Yosemite St Suite 1050, Denver, CO 80237
• (303) 756-3340
• Second Wind Fund (Suicide Prevention)
• 303 E 17th Ave Suite 400, Denver, CO 80203
• (720) 962-0706
• Aurora Mental Health Center
• 11059 E Bethany Dr. Aurora, CO 80014
• (303) 617-2300
• Community Reach Center
• 1850 E. Egbert St, Ste. 200, Brighton, CO 80601
▪ (303) 853-3600
Mental Health Apps
Headspace shares one year free of Headspace Plus for unemployed workers and a free trial for new users. Set up a meditation for sleep, fitness and other intentions.
Moodfit is recommended as an overall resource for help with anxiety, depression and high-stress levels, using mood tracking and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) methods.
Calm is a popular meditation, mindfulness, sleep and relaxation app with audio content and guided lessons.
Swasth is a behavioral health platform that offers three apps, providing digital access to evidencebased therapy (EBT) approaches, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). It also connects users to mental health providers.
Anxiety and Depression Association Reviewed Apps
If you or someone you know is in a mental health crisis, please contact Colorado Crisis Services: 1-844-493-8255, Text TALK to 38255 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:
1-800-273-8255 (English), 1-888-628-9454 (En español).
The Center on Colfax (Denver, service statewide) has a directory of mental health providers serving the LGBTQ+ community.
The Catalyst Center (Denver) provides LGBTQ+ affirming therapy and counseling for individuals, couples, families and children.
Empowered Minds (Denver) is an in-home therapy service for clients of any sexual orientation and gender. It uses variety of tools and techniques for mental health issues.
In Bloom Therapy (Denver) offers therapy for LGBTQ+ couples in addition to families and women.
Next Steps Counseling (Denver) provides mental health support for gender identity, sexual orientation, phobias, coming out, relationships and trauma.
Transgender Center of the Rockies (Sheridan) has many resources including a list of recommended therapists.
Trans Lifeline – an all transgender operated hotline that offers direct emotional and financial support to transgender people in crisis
UCHealth Integrated Transgender Program (Aurora) provides mental health care for transgender and gender diverse adults.
Umbrella Collective (Boulder) provides transgender resources and services include individual, couples, group therapy and hypnotherapy.
For Immigrants and Refugees
African Community Center of Denver (Denver) offers Integration Programs to help youth gain academic and life skills and give refugees employment training. It also provides cultural support and orientation.
Colorado African Organization (CAO) (Denver) is a non-profit founded by Africans that acts as a center for refugees and immigrants as they transition their life from their country of origin to Colorado.
Thrive Center (Aurora, Denver) provides refugee resources and disability support services and education.
For People of Color
Therapy for Black Girls is an online search tool for providers and mental health resources for Black women.
From the Heart Enterprises (Denver) – From The Heart Enterprises offers supportive mental health programs and resources for Black men, youth and families and engages through community events and educational seminars. Events include Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) meetings and Family Service Days. In 2019, founder Halim Ali was named a 2019 My Brother’s Keeper (MBK25) honoree in Denver.
Servicios de la Raza (Denver) has a behavioral health clinic providing English and Spanish outpatient and substance abuse services for underserved and uninsured communities of color. Types of care include individual, couples, family and group therapy and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy.
Denver Indian Health and Family Services (Denver, Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Douglas and Jefferson Counties) is Denver’s only Urban Indian Health Program that offers behavioral and mental health, substance abuse and integrated care to American Indian and Alaskan Native adults, families and children.
Asian Pacific Development Center (Aurora, service statewide) is home to a behavioral health clinic for Asian adults, adolescents, seniors and children. Current clients are from Bhutan, Burma, Cambodia, China, Japan, Korea, Laos, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam among other countries. This organization also offers resources for immigrants and refugees.
Regis University Counseling and Family Therapy (Denver) offers low to no-cost counseling led by Master’s level and family therapists-in-training to individuals, couples, families and children. This organization also provides resources and treatment for PTSD.
Denver Children’s Advocacy Center (DCAC) (Denver) shares community outreach, rapid response and treatment and integrated services for children who have experienced sexual and physical abuse, neglect and violence and at-risk children. The center specializes in support for young children and Spanish-speaking families.
Jewish Family Service of Colorado (Denver) offers support from mental health specialists for people of any race, faith, age, gender, sexual orientation and more. It also has mental health programs for children and adolescents, refugees and underserved Russian-speaking immigrants.
Maria Droste Counseling Center (Denver) provides therapy and counseling services for adults, couples, families, children and adolescents. The center focuses on affordability in order to serve all Medicaid, Medicare, private pay and sliding scale patients. It has various community mental health programs — Children First at 21 local elementary schools, Survivors Mental Health Program (SMHP) for adult survivors of violence and New Directions for substance abuse treatment.
Families Forward Resource Center (Northeast Denver, Aurora) is a community service center with programs that address family advocacy, adult education, community health and youth development.
Shiloh House (Littleton, Centennial, Adams County, service statewide) supports families and children through educational, residential, therapeutic and community outreach services.
Aurora Mental Health Early Childhood Center (Aurora) offers evidence-based mental health treatment for children up to age six with individual, family and group therapy, parenting classes and support groups.
Denver Family Institute provides mental health services for families, couples and more. They also focus on affordable and cost-effective options.
For Survivors of Sexual Assault
Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault has a mission of advocacy and support for victims of sexual violence and sexual assault prevention, achieved with various programs and resources.
The Blue Bench Sexual Assault Prevention and Support Center (Denver) is Denver’s own sexual assault and prevention community resource center. It offers individual and group therapy, case management and yoga and art programs among others.
For Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Trauma
The Center for Trauma & Resilience (Denver) offers specialized services including trauma-sensitive yoga, programs for families and children and seniors and other community services.
University of Colorado Anschutz Johnson Depression Center (Aurora) serves adults, families, couples, adolescents and children with evidence-based treatment for depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety and other disorders.
For Substance Abuse
SAMHSA National Helpline is the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s free, daily information service for individuals and families.
Colorado Wellness Recovery offers mental health and substance abuse guides, family resources and treatment search tools online through the Colorado Office of Behavioral Health and Mental Health Colorado.
University of Colorado Anschutz Addiction Research and Treatment Services (ARTS) (Denver, Aurora, Arvada) provides outpatient and residential substance abuse treatment for adults, families and adolescents as the clinical program of Division of Substance Dependence, Department of Psychiatry at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.
The Phoenix (Denver) is a free sober active community with fitness classes and events, including boxing, hiking, road and mountain biking, yoga and mindfulness.
AllHealth Network (South Denver) is a nonprofit mental health organization that offers substance use treatment in addition to a walk-in crisis center, counseling for individuals, couples, families and groups and services for adolescents and children. AllHealth Network also takes Medicaid.
Go Sober (Longmont, Centennial) – Go Sober treatment for alcohol abuse uses medications to restore dopamine response in addition to counseling and coaching. “Social isolation, combined with generalized anxiety about the virus and the current situation, creates a perfect storm for those struggling with alcohol abuse,” said Greg Hoffman, founder of Go Sober.
For Eating Disorders
Eating Recovery Center (Denver) is an international center for treatment of anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder and other eating disorders. Individuals and families get behavioral and mental health treatment that relies on individualized assessment and clinical intervention. Staff also supports patients with aftercare plans.
The Eating Disorder Foundation (Denver) offers free, confidential services that don’t require insurance. They offer support groups, workshops, mentorships and more. Bonnie Brennan is the Regional Clinical Director and a Certified Eating Disorders Specialist at the Eating Recovery Center. Brennan said, “Use this time of less distractions to focus on yourself. Behavioral healthcare hospitals that treat eating disorders can still take persons for on site services. This is an excellent time to go to treatment.”
Denver Health ACUTE Center for Eating Disorders (Denver) is a medical stabilization and inpatient eating disorder treatment program that is equipped to treat high-risk patients at severe, lifethreatening eating disorders.
EDCare (Denver) is an eating disorder treatment center using evidence-based methods for treatment in personalized programs and specialized tracks for elite athletes, people with substance abuse disorder, binge eating disorder and with types of trauma.
Colorado Therapy and Assessment Center (Denver, Westminster) provides treatment for a variety of mental health issues, including eating disorder therapy and family therapy for eating disorders.
Douglas County Youth Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition
The Douglas County Youth Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition created this website to empower young people in our community to make good choices for their health and well-being. We hope by doing so we can prevent or reduce substance abuse amongst our teens and young adults.
Make It Ok
This award-winning project was originally funded by the Red Wing Shoe Company, and discusses how to encourage honest conversations about mental health without the shame or exclusion that often occur when individuals want to broach the subject.
Part of a multi-agency effort, including the Colorado Office of Suicide Prevention and the Carson J Spencer Foundation, Man Therapy is giving men a resource they desperately need. A resource to help them with any problem that life sends their way, something to set them straight on the realities of suicide and mental health, and in the end, a tool to help put a stop to the suicide deaths of so many of our men.
Pregnancy-related depression is depression that occurs during pregnancy or after giving birth, including after a pregnancy loss. In Colorado, nearly 1 in 9 women who give birth will experience signs and symptoms of depression. This makes depression the most common complication of pregnancy. Find out if you are at risk, and find resources here.
Early Childhood Colorado Partnership (ECCP)
In 2015, the Early Childhood Colorado Partnership (ECCP) convened more than 25 stakeholders to develop Colorado’s Early Childhood Shared Message Bank. This bank provides messaging for early childhood stakeholders to use across the state to speak from a collective voice, engage more audiences and mobilize action to address early adversity and toxic stress in children. Partners across the state are using these resources to leverage their work with consistent messaging when discussing early childhood development, adversity, and toxic stress to keep shifting social norms toward positive social change for family and child well-being in Colorado. The Message Bank also includes examples of materials other partners have used.
Speak Now is an effort of the Colorado Department of Human Services, Office of Behavioral Health, focused on providing evidence-based information and resources to parents and caregivers regarding youth substance abuse prevention in Colorado. Speak Now addresses the use of alcohol and marijuana, and the misuse of prescription drugs and other drugs among Colorado's youth. It's an educational resource for parents and caregivers on how to start conversations and keep them going about the risks of alcohol, marijuana, prescription drugs and other drugs among youth.
Colorado Mental Wellness Network
Through education and advocacy, the Network seeks to provide opportunities for individuals to improve the quality of their lives, give back to the community through meaningful roles, and to change the perceptions of mental health.
Mental Health Colorado
Mental Health Colorado is the state’s leading advocate for the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of mental health and substance use disorders. We are a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization and an affiliate of Mental Health America.
Colorado Crisis Services
If you don’t know where to begin getting mental health, substance use or emotional help for yourself or someone you know—start here. We provide confidential and immediate support, 24/7/365. If you are in crisis or need help dealing with one, call this toll-free number 1-844-493-TALK (8255) or text TALK to 38255 to speak to a trained professional.
Our walk-in crisis services are open 24/7, and offer confidential, in-person crisis support, information and referrals to anyone in need. View the map on our website to find walk-in crisis services near you.
Colorado Crisis Services Walk-In Centers
Kaiser Permanente is committed to eliminating barriers to talking about mental health and is teaming up with organizations including the National Alliance on Mental Illness, National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, Crisis Text Line and Mental Health America to change the conversation around mental health. The public health awareness effort, “Find Your Words,” focuses on mental health and wellness with spots for TV, theater, digital and radio featuring lyrics that talk about depression in an honest and inspiring way.
Mental Health First Aid Colorado
Mental Health First Aid Colorado promotes and supports mental health education and wellness for Coloradans. In a Mental Health First Aid course, you will learn signs and symptoms of a mental health challenge or crisis, what to do in an emergency, and where to get help.
NAMI Colorado is located in Metro Denver. We serve an extended community throughout the State of Colorado. Our staff is experienced in helping get you the information and in touch with the right contacts. Our focus is to connect, educate, and support the mental health issues and needs of today. NAMI Colorado has 15 local affiliate organizations across the state.
Early Childhood Partnership of Adams County (ECPAC)
Funded by the Substance Abuse Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA) to the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) in partnership with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) and the Early Childhood Partnership of Adams County (ECPAC)
Project LAUNCH has the following objectives through promoting a holistic perspective, foster an ecological framework, and employ a public health approach:
• Improve coordination and collaboration across the systems that serve young children and their families
• Provide greater access to high-quality care and evidence-based programs for young children and their families
• Raise awareness and increase knowledge about young child wellness through public education and workforce development activities
National Alliance on Mental Illness/Arapahoe and Douglas Counties
NAMI Arapahoe/Douglas Counties is a local Colorado affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). Our mission at NAMI Arapahoe/Douglas Counties is to provide education, support, and advocacy for people whose lives are impacted by mental health challenges. We are here to help families and individuals with their mental health goals including support and recovery.
NAMI works to achieve equitable services and treatment for more than 15 million Americans living with severe mental health challenges and their families. Hundreds of thousands of volunteers participate in more than 1,000 local affiliates and 50 state organizations to provide mental health education and support, increase understanding, support increased funding for research, and advocate for adequate health insurance, housing, rehabilitation, and jobs for people experiencing mental health challenges..
Porter Adventist Hospital (Centura Health): Support, Therapy and Treatment Behavioral Health Services at Porter Adventist Hospital offer an array of comprehensive treatment services ranging from outpatient therapy and psychiatric medication management to Electro-convulsive Therapy and acute hospitalization.
Behavioral Health Services provides confidential, compassionate and professional care tailored to individual needs.
Some of the behavioral health programs offered at Porter Adventist Hospital include:
• The Centre for Behavioral Health offers outpatient services that include psychiatric medication management, outpatient therapy and programs
• Chemical Dependency Intensive Outpatient Program (CD-IOP) providing comprehensive treatment for individuals presenting with a pattern of substance abuse or dependency
• Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) groups that offer cognitive-based, highlystructured group therapy
• Mental Health Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP) designed for individuals stepping down from inpatient treatment or those assessed as needing a higher level of treatment services than outpatient counseling
• Electroconvulsive Therapy Services offering expert inpatient and outpatient electro-stimulus therapy
• Adult Inpatient Hospitalization for those with severe behavioral health problems
• Geriatric Inpatient Hospitalization providing compassionate care for people ages 65 and older
For more information: http://www.porterhospital.org/WorkArea/DownloadAsset.aspx? id=6257
CeDAR is The Center for Dependency, Addiction and Rehabilitation. Founded in November, 2005, CeDAR is a premier substance use and co-occurring disorders provider of residential and outpatient treatment uniquely integrated into the University of Colorado Hospital, a nationally recognized academic medical center affiliated with the University of Colorado School of Medicine. This partnership allows CeDAR to develop, implement and continually advance a highly specialized, multi-disciplinary treatment approach.
CeDAR provides a full continuum of care including:
• Intensive, medically managed detoxification and stabilization
• Intensive Residential
• Extended Residential
• Day Treatment
• Intensive Outpatient Treatment
• Outpatient Counseling
• Addiction Psychiatry
• Integrated Addiction Medicine and Primary Care
• Recovery Management and Support Services
Children’s Hospital Colorado
The Pediatric Mental Health Institute (PMHI) at Children’s Hospital Colorado is dedicated to making a positive impact in the lives of children and adolescents by expanding the reach of evidence-based, family-focused mental health care. They serve children and adolescents with a wide variety of behavioral and mental health needs, and are committed to breaking the stigma of mental health.
Highlands Behavioral Health
Highlands Behavioral Health System is an 86-bed freestanding behavioral health hospital offering psychiatric care for adults and adolescents ages 11 and older. Centrally located in Littleton, the facility is easily accessible to families throughout the Front Range. The facility is open for admission 7 days per week, 24 hours per day. Mental health level of care assessments are provided free of charge. Walk-ins are welcome, however scheduled appointments are preferred.
Clinical services are delivered by qualified mental health professionals and each patient is given a comprehensive evaluation as part of the admission process. Once a patient is admitted to Highlands Behavioral Health System, an interdisciplinary team creates an individualized treatment program that includes acute care treatment, solution-focused treatment, and comprehensive discharge planning
Hunger Free Colorado
Hunger Free Colorado operates a statewide Hunger Free Hotline that connects Coloradans of all ages, backgrounds and zip codes to needed food resources, such as food stamps, food pantries and meal sites. All calls are free, confidential and tailored to their needs and location. The nonprofit organization currently has an established referral system with several hospitals and medical clinics, which can be expanded to support those seeking or receiving mental/behavioral health care.
By fostering collaboration and employing innovative solutions, we can reduce barriers, better support those in need of resources, and further promote overall well-being and health for all Coloradans. To learn more about partnership opportunities, call (720) 328-1284 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sharing Stories, a project developed by the nonprofit Stories Without Borders, works to normalize seeking mental health treatment and reduce the time between when people begin to experience mental health symptoms and when they access care.
Stories Without Borders (SWB) received a Special Projects Program Grant from The Colorado Health Foundation to support Sharing Stories. These stories are available as free communication tools - available to any person, teacher, organization or advocate that wish to use them to start new conversations about our mental health.
Spark the Change
Spark the Change Colorado, formerly Metro Volunteers, is a leading resource, strategist and partner that inspires, engages, mobilizes and empowers individuals, communities and organizations to become a driving force for good through the power of volunteerism, service and engagement.
Kind Connection Program Mental Wellness Program
Parents Thrive Colorado
Parents Thrive supports the mental health and wellbeing of pregnant and postpartum people by connecting them with relevant resources.
I matter Colorado
A temporary behavioral health services program to provide access to mental health and substance use disorder services for youth, including addressing needs that may have resulted from the COVID-19 pandemic. The program is open to youth 18 years of age or younger or 21 years of age or younger if receiving special education services. I Matter is managed by the Colorado Behavioral Health Administration and provides up to six free therapy sessions for youth in Colorado and reimburses participating licensed therapists.
District Social Worker
McKinney-Vento Homeless Liaison
Child Welfare Education Liaison
Phone: (303) 622-9211 ext. 836
Fax: (303) 622-9224
Monday - Friday