From weight gain to our relationships – how the pandemic has changed our lives

Have you gained the “quarantine 15?” or the “COVID-19”? The pandemic has completely changed our lives, from weight gain to our relationships, and more. We talked with 9Health Expert, Dr. Payal Kohli, and Jason Youngblood a licensed professional counselor from Cigna, about the effects of the pandemic on our lives. Click or tap here to watch the […]

Minority Mental Health Month

Mental illness does not discriminate, it impacts everyone. However, systemic racism and social stratification mean that minority groups are more likely to live in poverty with less access to mental healthcare and more likely to face discrimination when seeking care. July is Minority Mental Health Awareness Month. We discussed the mental health issues that minority […]

Checking in on Colorado’s Behavioral Health Task Force

It’s been just over a year since Colorado Governor, Jared Polis directed the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) to create the Colorado Behavioral Health Task Force. The task force was put in place to evaluate the behavioral health system in our state with a plan of creating a statewide strategic blueprint to reform the system by […]

Veterans’ mental health during COVID-19

Veterans face unique mental health challenges and during COVID-19 many are needing additional support. We talked with several experts on Facebook Live about resources for veterans, including details about a new Veterans Hospital Follow-Up Program. You’ll find more about the follow-up services by clicking here. The experts included Corporal Tage Harding with the Marines, Yolanda Webb […]

Supporting the mental health of those in rural communities

Those that live in rural communities in Colorado face unique challenges when trying to receive treatment for mental health conditions including barriers to access care. We talked with several experts on Facebook Live about resources for rural communities including Kate Greenberg the Commissioner for the Colorado Department of Agriculture, Michelle Barnes the Executive Director for […]

Mental health needs of healthcare workers during COVID-19

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the mental health needs of healthcare workers should not be overlooked.  We talked with several experts on Facebook Live about the resources available to healthcare workers and how we can all help support them. The experts included Dr. Christian Thurstone the Director of Behavioral Health at Denver Health, Dr. Renee Marquardt […]

Reaching out to Colorado Crisis Services for help

It’s Mental Health Awareness Month and we have talked about Colorado Crisis Services several times. What is it exactly and what happens when you reach out for help? Colorado Crisis Services is a statewide crisis line for mental health, substance use, or emotional crisis help, information, and referrals. Formed in partnership with the Colorado Department […]

Supporting moms and their mental health

“At least one in five moms experience a mental health disorder,” said Kallen Thornton, a licensed clinical social worker and Manager of Gender Responsive Services with the Colorado Department of Human Services, Office of Behavioral Health. We talked with her, Kristy Jordan the Senior Director of Development and Communications of Signal Behavioral Health, and 9Health […]

Children and teen’s mental health during COVID-19

As a mom to a four-year-old and a five-month-old, I worry about their mental health and development especially during this time of the COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing. For Mental Health Awareness Month and Children’s Mental Health Day, we talked with several experts including Andrew Gabor, the Director of Child, Youth, and Family Behavioral Health […]

Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month and all month we are working with the Colorado Department of Human Services, Office of Behavioral Health, to host Facebook Live segments and connect you to mental health experts. For the first segment we talked to Colorado Lieutenant Governor Dianne Primavera, Director of the Office of Behavioral Health Robert Werthwein, Medicaid […]