Mental Health: Get Informed on Tuesday
Mental health means different things to different people. Recent studies confirm that more than a million Coloradans face a mental health or substance use disorder each year, but only half get the care they need. The consequences can be catastrophic: from crowded emergency rooms and prison cells to increased unemployment and homelessness to one of the highest suicide rates in the nation.
But solutions may be on the way, and you can hear about them this Tuesday, Nov. 13 in Leadville. The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) will be hosting this month’s Education Night at 7 p.m. in the AMAX Room at the Lake County Public Library. In addition, last week the NAMI High Country Chapter announced that Mental Health Colorado President & CEO Andrew Romanoff will be at the meeting, presenting on the state of mental health and what communities can do to take action.
This is an opportunity for folks with mental illnesses, their family members and friends to ask questions about how mental health services can improve across the state and in Lake County; learn how to impact the legislative process to improve the system & other general questions related to the mental health advocacy in Colorado.
“Mental health inpatient treatment is miles and dollars away for most of us. There aren’t a variety of treatments available to Coloradans living in our rural communities. We can make Colorado a national leader in the prevention and treatment of mental health and substance use disorders,” said Romanoff who is the state’s leading advocate for prevention, diagnosis & treatment of mental health & substance abuse disorders.
If the name sounds familiar, it should. Romanoff also served in the Colorado House of Representatives from 2001 to 2009 and as Speaker of the House from 2005 to 2009. He will discuss the next legislative session and Mental Health Colorado’s priorities for improving the prevention and treatment of mental health and substance use disorders. This event is FREE and open to the public. It should be noted that Romanoff is fluent in Spanish as well.
Tuesday, Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. AMAX Room, Lake County Public Library 1115 Harrison Avenue, Leadville. Refreshments will be served.
About NAMI High Country
NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. NAMI High Country Colorado is a local affiliate of NAMI Colorado. NAMI High Country Colorado’s dedicated volunteers, members and leaders work tirelessly to raise awareness and provide essential education, advocacy and support for families and individuals in our community living with mental illness.