Join the Movement of Good: Mental Wellness in Colorado

Read the full 2021 Colorado Health Access Survey

Fast Facts: The State of Mental Health

Did you know that we are experiencing “historic shifts in health, access to care, and social and economic conditions” with more youth and adults reporting poor mental health than ever before? Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among the ages of 10-14, and nearly 800,000 people die by suicide in the world each year. This is roughly one death every 40 seconds. Currently 26% of Americans report poor mental health and nearly half receive no treatment, due to lack of access.

This is not only a National crisis, but one that also hits close to home. Mental illness and distress is increasing at an alarming rate in the state of Colorado, above that of national averages. In 2019 15.3% of Coloradans reported poor mental health as compared to 11.9% in 2017. This trend is continuing at an exponential rate, with 34.9% of Coloradans reporting poor mental health in 2021. That’s more than 2 million friends, family members, and neighbors in the state of Colorado who are struggling, many without any help.

Barriers to Care

Of those who are unable to seek mental health treatment in Colorado, 61.1% of individuals cited cost as the primary reason, and 1 in 5 individuals skipped some type of necessary care due to cost. 83% didn’t have insurance coverage for mental health services and 10.5% were unable to take off work in order to seek care. In response, communities are finding creative and unique ways to bridge the gap, because no one should have to struggle with mental illness alone.

(sources: https://www.nami.org/, The 2021 Colorado Health Access Survey)

Bridging the Gap: Spark’s Mental Wellness Program

Spark’s Mental Wellness Program currently serves clients in 21 Colorado counties.

At Spark the Change Colorado, we believe access to necessary care is a right. Over the years, we have seen the power of Colorado and the change makers who live here. We feel it is our duty to support all Colorado communities in the ways that they need, especially when it comes to mental wellness.

Spark’s statewide Mental Wellness Program connects volunteer licensed and insured mental health professionals to Coloradans in need of counseling and other mental health services. In 2022, Spark’s Mental Wellness Program has connected over 5,600 individuals to nearly 9,000 hours of free mental health services in their communities; more in a single year than ever before.

We know, firsthand, the devastating impact resulting from a global pandemic, social and civil unrest, natural disasters, like the Marshall Wildfires in January, and everything else that has come in the past 2 years. We currently have 112 active volunteers donating their time, talent, and expertise to help Coloradans statewide. In 2022 alone, their volunteer efforts are valued at over $1 million of services provided, completely free of cost to clients.

How YOU Can Help!

https://www.coloradogives.org/organization/sparkthechangecolorado

Our Mental Wellness Program and its talented volunteers continue to provide these necessary services through the support, engagement, and giving of community change makers like you. As 2022 comes to a close and the Season of Giving begins, we ask that you lead with your passions and dedicate to supporting a cause that means something to you. If access to mental health services for all, regardless of income, is something that you feel passionate about, consider giving to Spark the Change Colorado and our statewide Mental Wellness Program.

Ways to Give

Join the Movement of Good. Spark a Connection in the following ways:

  1. You can make a donation: Our goal for the remainder of 2022 is to raise $20,000 for our programs. If you’d like to support our efforts as an organization, or allocate your gift directly to the Mental Wellness Program, donate to our Colorado Gives Day campaign here.  
  2. You can volunteer: Are you a licensed and insured therapist, a clinical supervisor, or a candidate for licensure? Join our team of change makers by volunteering today!
  3. You can become a Host Site: Do you represent an organization that is interested in hosting a mental health volunteer on site? Become a Host Site.
  4. You can become a Spark Member:  Do you represent an organization that regularly recruits volunteers? Become a Spark Member and access benefits and opportunities to support your volunteer program!
  5. You can learn more about us and our programs: Knowledge is power, and only YOU know what your community needs! Learn more about our programs and opportunities so you can spread the word and become an ambassador for your local community. 
  6. You can Join our Emailing Lists: Stay up-to-date on all things Spark by joining our email lists!

Join the Movement of Good and Give Where You Live: December 6th, 2022 for Colorado Gives Day

Spark belonging, connection, and courage with our Mental Wellness Program: https://www.coloradogives.org/organization/sparkthechangecolorado

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