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 groups in Colorado face on with several experts on Facebook Live including Dr. Victoria Trapp the Deputy Director of Programs for Colorado Department of Human Services, Office of Behavioral Health, Shelly Solopow the Tribal Liaison also with the Office of Behavioral Health, Dr. Larry Curry, Founder, CEO, and Clinical Director of The Curry Center, and 9Health Expert Dr. Payal Kohli, a cardiologist but also an expert in preventive medicine and internal medicine.
What resources are available?
If you or someone you know is in need of mental health support, call Colorado Crisis Services at 1-844-493-8255 or text “talk” to 38255. You can also chat online through the Colorado Crisis Services website.
The Curry Center provides counseling services for children, families, couples and individuals. Visit their website by clicking here.
There are additional behavioral health resources on the Colorado Department of Human Services website.
9Health also has free, anonymous, online mental health screenings. You can click here to be screened for anxiety and depression and be connected to free virtual help.
If you have a mental health or general health question you can also talk to a medical professional through our 9Health Neighbors Program by calling 303-698-4455, ext. 2005. Leave a message and a 9Health Medical Volunteer will call you back within 24 hours.
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