Mental Health Awareness Month

Focusing on connection

In recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month, Public Health emphasizes the benefits of social connection for mental health and ways to build and strengthen connections with one another. Research shows that building connections with others and feeling well-connected to the community increases a sense of belonging, enhances emotional well-being, and lowers levels of social isolation or loneliness.  

"Reach out to someone you care about, hike with your friend, try a new activity," said Brittany Riffle, youth resilience and suicide prevention planner for El Paso County Public Health. "These seemingly small actions are proven coping strategies that support our mental wellness. And, when taking care of ourselves, we can better support loved ones through difficult times." 

Create connections to support your mental health 

This month, Public Health encourages you to connect with someone and ask one of the following questions:   

  • What encourages you to show up each day?  
  • What is one thing that brings you joy?  
  • What book could you read more than once?  
  • What are you most proud of?  
  • What's something you've always wanted to try but haven't?

Opportunities to connect  

Check out upcoming events in El Paso County in honor of Mental Health Awareness Month:  

  • May 4 | Soul Shop – an interactive workshop that equips faith community leaders to support those impacted by suicidal desperation. Register Here!   
  • May 12 | Youth Mental Health First Aid, offered at no cost. Register Here!   
  • Additional events from The Suicide Prevention Collaborative of El Paso County can be found here.  

Getting connected to resources and help 

For someone with an immediate life-threatening emergency, dial 9-1-1.   

The following resources are free for anyone experiencing a mental health crisis, with 24-hour support.  

  • Colorado Crisis Services Hotline  
  • Get connected to a crisis counselor or trained professional 24/7 who will assess risk and determine if a mobile response is necessary.  
  • Call 1-844-493-8255, or text "TALK" to 38255  
  • 9-8-8  
  • A confidential, free, and available 24/7/365, connecting those experiencing a mental health, substance use, or suicidal crisis with trained crisis workers.   
  • Local Behavioral Health Resource Guide