It’s Mental Health Awareness Month!

With mental health entering more and more of our daily conversations, it’s critical that everyone has a solid foundation of knowledge about mental health. That’s why for Mental Health Month this year, Mental Health America is getting back to basics.

While 1 in 5 people will experience a mental illness during their lifetime, everyone faces challenges in life that can impact their mental health. When facing a mental health concern or living with a mental health condition, it’s common to feel like no one understands what you’re going through. You aren’t alone – help is available, and recovery is possible.

Here are some ways to engage:

  1. Educate yourself on the complexities of mental health and the resources available in your community. Visit MHA’s website to learn more >>>
  2. Engage in open and honest communication with friends, family, and the people you love about mental health.
  3. Breakdown the stigma around mental health and mental illness.
  4. Seek Help when you need it. Access FREE or reduced counseling services with Spark’s Mental Wellness Program >>>
  5. Volunteer with nonprofits doing the work when it comes to mental health awareness and care. Engage with Spark’s Mental Wellness Program >>> and the new Spark Health Corps! >>>
  6. Organizations can download the Mental Health America Toolkit to help spread the word about Mental Health Month and available resources.

If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health emergency or crisis, call 911 or the hotline number: Colorado Crisis Hotline: 1-844-493-TALK (8255)

Spark’s Mental Wellness Program

The Mental Wellness Program is a statewide program of Spark the Change Colorado that provides free, short term counseling services to individuals, couples, and families who encounter barriers to accessing treatment. Barriers may include being uninsuredunable to find an appropriate/available clinician through other avenues of care (lengthy waitlist times, etc.), unable to afford treatment, or unable to afford insurance co-pays or deductibles.

What you can expect:

  • Connection with a mental health professional in your service area.
  • 6 to 10 free individual or group therapy sessions. (*Note: the program does NOT offer crisis services, inpatient services, or medication management.)
  • Thoroughly vetted volunteer therapists who have been screened and background checked.

If you are interested in receiving services through or learning more about the Mental Wellness Program, visit our website or call (720) 420-3218 today!

Get Involved with Mental Wellness!

If you are a licensed, insured mental health professional OR a post-graduate candidate seeking licensure, we need YOU! The greater number of mental health professionals who volunteer, the greater the impact in our communities. Learn more about Volunteer Opportunities with The Mental Wellness Program. >>>

We’re Hiring! The Mental Wellness Program is currently hiring for multiple positions including a Manager for our new Spark Health Corps. National Service Program! Positions do not require mental health licensure. Learn more and apply today! >>>

NEW: Spark Health Corps.!

Spark the Change Colorado has recently been awarded $219,457 to build a public health AmeriCorps program. The grant will expand the presence of Spark’s Mental Wellness Program in Colorado, where we have been providing free mental health services for low income Coloradans since 2016.

With this new funding, Spark will leverage the skills and experience of 20 AmeriCorps members in the state of Colorado to increase the number of students reporting a change or intent to change behavior to improve their mental health. These AmeriCorps members will provide Tier 1 and Tier 3 mental wellness counseling and education to vulnerable K-12 students at public charter schools throughout Colorado. Learn more about the program and our partners. >>>

Get Involved!:

Volunteers interested in participating in Spark Health Corps can contact Spark’s Mental Wellness Program Director, Kelly Groen, at or (720) 420-3216. Download the flyer and help spread the word!

We are currently hiring for a Spark Health Corps Program Manager! This is a full time position that will be hybrid between in person and remote work. To learn more or apply today, visit our website! >>>

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