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Currance challenges mental-health stereotypes

Currance challenges mental-health stereotypes

Lana Currance started in the health care field as a nurse — working in critical care, emergency rooms and flight nursing. But six years ago, she discovered a new passion that changed her career completely: behavioral health. The new CEO at Peak View Behavioral Health, a mental health facility that includes both inpatient and outpatient… Continue Reading Currance challenges mental-health stereotypes

Providers battle elderly’s psychiatric needs

About once a week, an elderly person is stuck in the emergency room with a mental-health problem that went undiagnosed and untreated for too long. Caregivers at home, in assisted living or at the hospital are unable to help, worried about the safety of other staff and residents. But the person might not qualify for… Continue Reading Providers battle elderly’s psychiatric needs

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When a group of mental health care providers got together last October, they started a process that will take years: identifying and solving the mental health crisis in Colorado Springs. But now, the collaboration put together by Pikes Peak Community Health Partnership has the chance to get an infusion of cash from the state to… Continue Reading Mental health – lots of problems, but not solutions

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AspenPointe is seeking nominations for its annual “Heroes of Mental Health” award, presented during a luncheon Oct. 15 at The Broadmoor hotel’s International Center. The luncheon recognizes someone in our community who champions wellness and spearheads efforts to curb stigma and promote treatments for mental illness, substance abuse, homelessness or joblessness. Nominees should be residents… Continue Reading AspenPointe seeks ‘Hero of Mental Health’

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Peak View Behavioral Health will begin treating adolescent patients in a hospital setting starting Jan. 21. The hospital will offer both inpatient and outpatient programs for children ages 12 to 17, and the hospital now has 20 acute beds for inpatient stays and full-day treatment on an outpatient basis. “We know there are adolescents in… Continue Reading Peak View expanding adolescent mental health care

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In response to recent mass shootings, one of which took place in Colorado, Gov. John Hickenlooper unveiled an $18.5 million plan to strengthen the state’s mental health services and support system. “For the past five months, in response to the Aurora shooting, we have been working to expand mental health care and services across Colorado,”… Continue Reading Governor creates $18.5 million plan to address mental health needs

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Educating more doctors about behavioral health issues, helping people navigate the complex system of care, and aiding people without insurance — those are the three gaps locally in mental health care delivery that will be studied during the next six months. In April, three task forces made up of 100 mental health professionals will make… Continue Reading Mental health task forces to address gaps in care

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James Holmes, the man accused of killing 12 people and wounding 58 at an Aurora movie theater, was seeing a psychiatrist at the time of the July 20 attack. If he’d been in Colorado Springs, chances are he wouldn’t have gotten even that much help. That’s because mental-health experts say healthy communities should have one… Continue Reading Mental Illness: It’s the elephant in our room

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Colorado above national suicide average

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says Colorado ranks above average in suicidal thoughts and behaviors. A report released Thursday says about 4.6 percent of adult Coloradans gave serious thought to suicide in the previous year, compared with the national average of 3.7 percent. The report is the first to look at suicidal thoughts,… Continue Reading Colorado above national suicide average

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At the Ohio Department of Mental Health, Christy Murphy’s days are filled with calls from people seeking help she can’t seem to give. They plead with her, but budget cuts have trimmed services so much that she is not sure where to send them. The desperation on the other end of the line hits painfully… Continue Reading Amid high demand, states cut mental health care

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