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CU Anschutz Puts Strong Focus on Mental Health Needs

World Mental Health Day was October 10th and it's no secret that our mental health needs attention right now. Our partners at CU Anschutz Medical Campus are responding to the current mental health crisis in innovative and caring ways. See how they're leading the pack...

The past year has been defined by overwhelming stress. While COVID-19 remains the overarching trigger, a slew of other stressors remain on the boil: domestic economic uncertainty and a global refugee crisis; rising crime rates and mass shootings; climate change and relentless wildfires; and polarized politics and a Capitol insurrection.

 

Meanwhile, the war that’s at the heart of whether we move past the pandemic anytime soon – effective vaccines vs. corrosive misinformation – rages on.

 

In response, a national mental health crisis has emerged. Here in Colorado, Children’s Hospital Colorado in May declared a “State of Emergency” for youth mental health.

 

In honor of World Mental Health Day on Oct. 10, we are sharing a sample of the stories that highlight how physicians, researchers, educators and healthcare leaders at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus are offering innovative strategies, clinical approaches and empathetic care in response to the crisis.

 

Also, World Mental Health Day offers an opportunity to remind the campus community about the many mental health resources on the CU Anschutz Medical Campus. These resources are available to our diverse campus community, and anyone struggling with stress, anxiety, depression or other mental health issue is encouraged to seek out help.

 

Children's Hospital Declares a 'State of Emergency' for Youth Mental Health

 

Mental Health Crisis is the Next Wave of Pandemic

 

Neill Epperson, MD: A Conversation About the State of Mental Health in Colorado, Expanding Resources, and Why the Brain Is So Intriguing

 

Want to Banish the COVID Blues? Think 'Pawsitive'

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