All of us in Colorado want a local community that is safe and vibrant. We want our children and loved ones shielded from harm. We want our businesses to thrive to their fullest potential. However, for too many of our neighbors, coworkers, friends, and family, daily life can be an emotional strain. Left untreated, behavioral health issues can have devastating impacts. Most significantly, mental health affects everyone in the community.

Citywide Banks is pleased to once again partner with Mental Health Colorado, the Denver Business Journal, and other local mental health advocates to present an important new series of articles and resource listings. Check out the following articles that were published in the 2017 Mental Health Matters special section of the Denver Business Journal.

Getting Down to Business with Mental Health Wellness in Colorado

(May 2017) By Steve Ebner, Citywide Banks
Our story in Colorado is just beginning. Business is good and there is plenty of optimism on the horizon. Colorado is in the midst of big growth and modernization. Millennials and other transplants are flocking to our state for the jobs, the recreation, the weather, and the Colorado lifestyle we all love. However, that’s just one side of Colorado’s story.

Mental Illness is Real and Treatable

(May 2017) By Andrew Romanoff, Mental Health Colorado
“How could anyone here be depressed?” That was one of the questions I recently heard on a trip to Eagle County. A colleague and I have been traveling throughout the state to discuss mental health and substance use disorders.

Substance Abuse in the Workplace: Hidden Costs and How to Help Your Staff

(May 2017) By Mike Butler, Arapahoe House
Picture someone addicted to drugs or alcohol. What do they look like in your mind? If your image does not resemble a colleague or employee, someone who needs your help may be hiding in plain sight.

Mind-Body Connection: How Exercise Improves Mental Health

(May 2017) By the team at Aurora Mental Health Center
Depression is one of the most common mental health disorders in the U.S. In 2014, an estimated 15.7 million adults experienced major depression. Exercise may be the last thing you want to do when you’re depressed, but studies show that regular exercise may be as effective as anti-depressant medication.

Integrating Medical and Behavioral Health

(May 2017) By Cigna
Historically, behavioral health and medical health have existed in silos, and behavioral health conditions have not received as much focus as medical conditions. These silos have perpetuated the stigma associated with behavioral health and resulted in unmet care needs, adversely impacting health outcomes and significantly impacting health care costs.

Invest in Workplace Mental Health Equality to Protect Your Bottom Line

(May 2017) By Colorado Mental Health Wellness Network
1 in 4 of us have a mental health condition, making these some of the most prevalent diagnoses in the nation. They are also among the most undertreated. Despite the fact that treatment is effective for at least 80% of people with the most common mental health conditions, less than a third of people who need help seek it. This is due to lack of knowledge about mental health symptoms and how to pursue treatment, negative attitudes toward treatment, and fear of discrimination, especially in the workplace.

I Will Trade You Social Change for Industry Imbalance

(May 2017) By Empowered Partnerships
The great industry shifts of our time are like a Recruiter’s search process; it’s always an evolution. Being in hiring and employment, trends fascinate me; what direction are things going, why and how does this affect us?

The Medical Center of Aurora Expands Service Offerings to Benefit Community They Serve

(May 2017) By Paul Evans, The Medical Center of Aurora
Whether revered for a world record setting decathlon victory in the 1976 Montreal Olympics, or detested for a prominent role in the ever dramatic E! Series, “Keeping up with the Kardashians,” one thing remains clear, everyone tends to have an opinion about Caitlyn Jenner.

Giving Patients in Crisis the Treatment They Deserve

(May 2017) By Moe Keller, Mental Health Colorado
If you thought that Coloradans experiencing a mental health crisis have been taken to a therapeutic environment for treatment you would be wrong. Often, especially in the rural areas of our state, persons gravely disabled or considered an imminent risk of danger to themselves or others are taken to jail. They have committed no crime, but are housed in a jail cell due to the lack of a hospital bed, mental health center or crisis center in the community where they live. And county sheriffs, families, and a number of other organizations, including Mental Health Colorado, want this to stop.

Let's Talk Mental Health in Colorado

(May 2017) By Porter Adventist Hospital
With about one in five Americans experiencing a mental condition in their lifetime, there is a need for our society to talk more openly about mental illness. To put it further into perspective, more people experience mental illness than are left-handed. So why is it so difficult to talk about when it’s so prevalent?

Click here for a COMMUNITY RESOURCE DIRECTORY of mental health resources across the Front Range.