Mental Health Minute

May Edition


May is Mental Health Month!

Mental Health Month has been observed since 1949 to raise awareness of mental health conditions and the importance of mental health. Here are some reasons why this month is so important:

  • Nearly half a million Coloradans don’t get the mental health or substance use treatment they need, and the shortage is most prominent in rural parts of our state.
  • The stigma against mental health conditions remains one of the greatest barriers to improving the lives of all Coloradans.
  • 50% of all people with mental health conditions experience them by age 14, and 74% by age 24.
  • It costs 7 times more to incarcerate someone with mental health issues than to treat them in the community.
  • Increasing focus on the prevention of mental health conditions and substance use disorders among children and adolescents through screening and early intervention will help improve lives.
  • It will benefit our consumers and community to create comprehensive, cost-effective, and community-based services that respond the individuals with mental health needs.

Below are ways you can take part in awareness activities for Mental Health Month on the local, state and national scale. Happy Advocating!


Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age


The Latest Kate

"The Latest Kate" has been one of my favorite mental health finds this month! She is an artist who "argues against negativity and false perceptions with kind, colorful animals." I highly recommend taking a look through her work and shop. These are helpful reminders to us all -- yet especially kid-friendly! Find her work here.


Village Thrift Grant Awarded for Community Wellness Night!

Many thanks to Village Thrift who just announced Community Wellness Night as a recipient for funding in the 19-20 school year! The purpose of Community Wellness Night is to unite as an Estes Valley Community for an evening of education, prevention, and action in mental health and wellness areas. This event is open to ALL and welcomes students of all ages, parents/guardians, staff, families, and community members. This funding will help us to take this event "to the next level" in order to get this important information to our community in the best way possible. Thank you, Village Thrift!
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Purple Apple Award for Educator of the Year from Estes Park Education Association

This past week, the Estes Park Education Association awarded me with the Purple Apple Award for Educator of the Year. The tears of joy, shock, and gratitude flowed freely... I am truly humbled. What an incredible honor bestowed by my colleagues. The words shared from my peers and students are something I will treasure forever. I would like to thank the Estes Park Education Association for this award. I am incredibly grateful to have found a district who values their student support staff and places such an emphasis on mental health and social/emotional learning.
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NEW - Mental Health Minute Archives

Love the Mental Health Minute and want to look back at past editions? You are in luck! It is now possible to look back at past editions click here and scroll to the bottom of the page. Please feel free to share with others!

Hannah Heckerson, M.Ed, NCC, LPCC

I am a professional that believes in the empowerment of youth to create meaningful change in this world. The majority of my time is serving Estes students (and families) through direct service, case collaboration, and case management. I support staff through education, consultation, and resource referrals. I also work with community providers for wrap-around support for individual cases, community events, group offerings, and mental health crisis preparation.