Getting Help . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
For someone with an immediate life-threatening emergency, dial 9-1-1 for assistance.
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 Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP). For more information on the 2020-2024 CHIP, please visit us here.
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. Mental health issues affect all of us - both as a challenge and positively.
Let’s Talk Colorado
Let’s Talk Colorado urges everyone to:
- Talk openly about mental health issues
- Reduce stigma by talking about mental health
- Seek professional help when needs
Start the conversation around mental health, visit letstalkco.org.
See Me Colorado
See Me Colorado aims to reduce behavioral health stigma in 3 ways:
- ADVOCATE for the well-being of others
- CONNECT with those around you to offer and ask for support
- TALK about your experiences to help overcome behavioral health stigma
A.C.T. to overcome behavioral health stigma, visit seemecolorado.com.
Pregnancy-related Depression and Anxiety
One in seven women experience pregnancy-related depression after childbirth, making it the most common complication of pregnancy. Pregnancy-related depression and anxiety can occur during pregnancy or after giving birth, including after a pregnancy loss. Women are most frequently affected but it can also affect fathers, partners and close family members.
- Pregnancy-related depression and anxiety is highly treatable. Learn about resources.
- Get support from family, friends and local support groups.
- Talk to a medical professional for more help.
From 2009 to 2018, Broomfield experienced 106 deaths due to suicide. The majority of these deaths were in adults ages 25-64 (75%) and were males (78%).
Suicide Prevention is Everyone’s Business
No single intervention or prevention program can prevent all suicides. Suicide is most effectively prevented by a comprehensive approach through implementation of programs across all ages and settings. Suicide prevention is everyone’s business.
What are the warning signs of suicide?
If you are concerned about someone, ask yourself the following questions. Have they shown or shared any of the following:
- Talking about wanting to die, be dead, or about suicide, or are they cutting or burning themselves?
- Feeling like things may never get better, seeming like they are in terrible emotional pain (like something is wrong deep inside but they can’t make it go away), or they are struggling to deal with a big loss in their life?
- Or is your gut telling you to be worried because they have withdrawn from everyone and everything, have become more anxious or on edge, seem unusually angry, or just don’t seem normal to you?
How can you respond?
If you notice any of these warning signs in anyone, you can help!
- Ask if they are okay or if they are having thoughts about suicide
- Express your concern about what you are observing in their behavior
- Listen closely and do not judge
- Reflect what they share and let them know they have been heard
- Tell them they are not alone
- Let them know there are resources available that can help
- If you or they are concerned, guide them to additional professional help
- Colorado Crisis Services
- Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Office of Suicide Prevention
- Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Youth and Young Adult Suicide Prevention
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
- B Healthy Broomfield Speaker Series - ’Youth Suicide Prevention’
Toolkits for Organizations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Free, online toolkits are available for schools, workplace wellness sites, or any venue to promote positive mental health and well-being. The toolkit include easy-to-use resources, such as posters, flyers, fact sheets, social media images and content. For assistance accessing or promoting these campaigns in your agency, please contact Broomfield Public Health and Environment at firstname.lastname@example.org or 720.887.2220.