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County Commissioners shine a light on mental health as a vital part of a community’s overall health

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Let’s talk during a Live Town Hall at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 5

Posted on May 4, 2022 2022Breaking NewsHealth and Human Services

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Did you know that, on average, a person experiencing a mental health condition waits 10 years to seek care?

Our mental health is a part of our overall health and is a shared priority for our community and the Board of Douglas County Commissioners who, during their regular Business Meeting April 26, passed a resolution recognizing May as Mental Health Awareness Month.

As part of their dedication to this community priority – which was identified in the Douglas County 2021 – 2026 Public Health Improvement Plan – the Board will host a panel of mental health experts who will take your questions during a Live Town Hall at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 5.

The Live Town Hall will be in-person at the Philip Miller Building, 100 Third St. in Castle Rock. Or join online at douglas.co.us/townhall or via phone by calling 833-380-0668. Or simply answer the phone when we call to invite you to join us. To receive a call just before a Town Hall begins, visit douglas.co.us/townhall and register.

The resolution and Live Town Hall also bring attention to the critical work of the Douglas County Mental Health Initiative (DCMHI), a partnership of more than 40 organizations established in 2014 to address mental health system gaps and improve health outcomes for the residents of Douglas County. DCMHI partners will also attend the Live Town Hall to highlight milestones achieved through programs like the Community Response Team, which over the last five years, has served more than 5,000 Douglas County Citizens.

People who need immediate support due to a mental health crisis should contact Colorado Crisis Services – call 1.844.493.TALK(8255) or text TALK to 38255. This agency has trained counselors who are available 24/7/365 to work with persons experiencing a self-defined crisis and the people supporting them. Or, visit the Walk-In Crisis Center at 6509 S Santa Fe Drive, Littleton, CO 80120.

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