Substance misuse prevention

The pandemic, the election, wildfires in Colorado, there’s a lot that may be causing you stress.

During these difficult times, we talked with several experts on Facebook Live about ways to prevent substance misuse and what you should do if you are concerned about a loved one.

Experts included Claudia Zundel, Director or Community Prevention and Early Intervention for the Colorado Office of Behavioral Health, Shelley Evans, Executive Director of Community Health Initiatives, Gretchen Van De Carr, Chief Executive Officer of Rocky Mountain Youth Corps, Michelle Stecher, Executive Director for Mountain Youth, and 9Health Expert Dr. Payal Kohli.

Click or tap here to check in on your mental health with free, anonymous, online screenings.

We partnered with the Colorado Department of Human Services, Office of Behavioral Health to highlight prevention programs in Colorado.

No matter what you’re going through, help is available. Call Colorado Crisis Services at 844-493-TALK (8255) or text TALK to 38255. Learn more at

Forward Together: 

Community Health Initiatives: 

Rocky Mountain Youth Corps: 

Mountain Youth:

If you have a health question you can also talk to a medical professional through the 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.

9Health is a 501c-3 community non-profit empowering people to put health in their own hands by providing tools such as preventive health screenings, evidence-based, objective health education and eTools and resources for every day in your health journey.