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It’s time to talk: Don’t we all know someone who is struggling with some form of mental illness or mental health challenge?
Colorado Community Media has launched a series of articles and forums, entitled “Time to Talk,” on the state of mental health, specifically in Douglas County, but applying to all of us, to discuss the need to bring the issue of mental illness into everyday conversation.
Our next community forum is 7-9 p.m., April 26, at the Lone Tree Library. The event will be streamed live. According to national mental health organizations, one in five adults in the U.S. — and one in five youths between 13 and 18 years old — experience a mental illness.Throughout the state and nation, campaigns are underway to eliminate the stigma of shame and guilt associated with mental illness and encourage a conversation that puts the issue into the light, without judgment, with compassion and understanding. In the hopes of furthering that movement, Colorado Community Media will spend much of this year exploring how the state of mental health affects our Douglas County communities, which despite their general affluence are not immune from the societal stresses of high expectations, peer pressure and social media, among other factors that influence state of mind.
Part I explores the effort to do away with the old stigmas against mental health issues, and show the public the scope of the mental health issues that we all face.
Part II focuses on how mental illness affects the work of law enforcement agencies and the jail system in Douglas County.
The next installment of the series will explore how social media is affecting our children’s emotional intelligence and self-esteem, the mental illnesses most prevalent among them and why, and suicide. Subsequent focuses will include mental health challenges among seniors, families and employers, and how substance and alcohol abuse exacerbates the issue.
Check back on this page periodically. We will link to all of our stories in the series, as well as giving notice about our upcoming public forum events and more.
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