Search is on for Community Solutions to Mental Health Issues in State

The grassroots movement to address mental illness is hosting four community meetings in Colorado Saturday.

Ric Durity remembers when HIV/AIDS wiped out his partner, his friends, and a swath of the creative classes of a generation. And he remembers what came next: The outrage that rode on the heels of adversity, and demanded the wide changes that rippled from medicine outward. Durity was reflecting on that time on Saturday, when a group of around 100 at History Center Colorado in Denver was envisioning the kinds of changes required by a public health emergency of a different kind. One in four Americans suffers from a diagnosable mental disorder in any given year, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. And yet the stigma associated with mental illness continues to make it largely a taboo subject, kept behind closed doors and festering in isolation. Continue Reading →