NAMI Colorado is the State organization for the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization. We are an alliance nationwide with 48 State Organizations and more than 600 local Affiliates, dedicated to raising awareness by providing Support and Education as pathways to holistic wellness for those living with mental health challenges and their loved ones who invest their lives as caregivers.
November 12, 2020
To our Supporters,
Fall and the holidays are finally upon us. As we all know, this year has been full of trials and struggles. According to Mental Health Colorado, our state has a 21.7 suicide rate per 100,000 residents and 15.3% of our residents, a total of 869,085, report 8 or more days of poor mental health in the previous 30 days. According to the preliminary results of a new survey put out by the Colorado School of Public Health, 23 percent of Coloradans met the criteria for major depressive disorder. Pre-pandemic, about 7 percent of the people in the U.S. met those criteria.
There are a lot of people who need help.
Every risk brings new opportunities. We have been agile enough to rise to the occasion, moving along with the changing times. We have adjusted our avenues for supporting, advocating and educating during the pandemic and have reached out to the mental health community in many ways this year. Some highlights…
- Conducted our first Virtual NAMI Colorado State Conference
- 700 people have attended Ending the Silence presentations virtually and in-person
- 631 individuals have been reached with our In Our Own Voice presentations
- 6 weekly, virtual Connection Support Groups have supported 916 fellow peers
- 52 people participated in Peer-to-Peer programs
- 1,558 family members participated in Family Support Groups
- Attended community outreach events, including Suicide Prevention Community Event, Legal Resource Day and the Colorado Behavioral Health & Wellness Virtual Summit
Your support has provided us the means to convert our programs of advocacy, support and education into virtual experiences. The people we serve, those who struggle with a mental health condition and their families, have been able to continue receiving our signature programs and services. We are able to offer classes in many parts of the state including as far west as Grand Junction, as far north as Ft. Collins, as far south as Pueblo, parts of the mountain corridor, and all the Denver Metro and surrounding areas. At no cost to our community members, we can empower and encourage others to persevere and stand strong during these times.
Won’t you consider giving to NAMI Colorado on Colorado Gives Day, December 8th? You can also get some of your holiday giving out of the way and preschedule your donation. To donate, please go to https://www.coloradogives.org/namicolorado/overview. We thank you so much for taking a stand with us to fight against stigma and get the word out that mental health is for all of us.
May you and yours stay safe and strong, as we continue to move forward in these uncertain, but dynamic, times. Let’s stand together to advocate for those who cannot do it for themselves and educate others who want to help and support their loved ones in every way possible.
Your NAMI Colorado Family
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“The mission of NAMI Colorado is to build communities of recovery and hope by educating, supporting and advocating for individuals affected by mental illness and their families.”
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