Change the Narrative

Let’s Talk About [it]

By talking about mental and behavioral health and how we’re feeling, we can reduce stigma and make Broomfield a place where everyone feels seen and can get the support that they need. Click below to listen to the stories of thirteen Broomfield community members, and share your experiences on the Let's Talk About [it] Padlet.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and community members can participate in mental and behavioral health trainings like "Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR)", "Understanding the Realities of Mental Health Challenges", and more. Click here for a full list of available trainings and days.

Click here to listen to Alison's story about suicide loss. Opens in new windowClick here to listen to Gabrielle's story about anxiety & depression. Opens in new windowClick here to listen to Khari's story about stress during the pandemic. Opens in new window
Click here to listen to Fahad's story about depression & anxiety. Opens in new windowClick here to listen to Guyleen's story about substance use. Opens in new windowClick here to listen to Leeza's story about depression and suicide loss. Opens in new window
Click here to listen to Emily's story about postpartum depression. Opens in new windowClick here to listen to Jason's story about generalized anxiety. Opens in new windowClick here to listen to Katrin's story about depression and suicide attempts. Opens in new window
Click here to listen to Amy's story about depression & suicide loss. Opens in new window
Click here to listen to Tami's story about bipolar disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder. Opens in new windowClick here to listen to Liz and Kathys story about anxiety and therapy. Opens in new window


Let's Talk Padlet

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What is Mental Health?

Mental health is state of balance in our thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. Positive mental health allows us to feel good about life, supporting our ability to participate in daily activities and accomplish our goals. An estimated 1 in 5 Coloradans are coping with mental health conditions and addictions.

"...When someone breaks their leg we don’t expect them to ’just snap out of it’ or think they somehow brought it on themselves. Like physical health conditions, mental health conditions need treatment and the people who confront them need our support." 

- Jason Vahling, Public Health Director 

Broomfield Public Health and Environment is working with state and regional partners to reduce stigma around mental health issues, increase services for mental health and substance misuse along with increasing community connectedness through its 2020-2024 Behavioral Health Improvement Plan.

  1. Reducing Stigma
  2. Pregnancy-Related Depression and Anxiety
  3. Suicide Prevention

Anxiety and depression are the most common causes of poor mental health. In 2017, 1 in 3 Broomfield and Boulder students felt so sad or hopeless every day for at least two weeks that they stopped their usual activities. Broomfield adults report having about 2 days per month with poor mental health. It's normal to have good and bad days, so it's time to normalize talking about them.

Start with your attitudes around mental health. Have you ever distanced yourself from someone after learning of challenges to their mental health? Changes or struggles with mental health are not something to fear. Like physical health, sometimes support is needed in issues with mental health. Being able to talk about mental health and look for care when it's needed benefits your health and the health of those around you.