Carol Ann: I am an advocate because of the personal struggle I’ve had with a mental illness and the struggles my children have had. I find that by getting out and advocating for change, helping fight stigma and helping others it helps in my recovery for that of my children. I facilitate support groups because sharing the knowledge that I have learned helps others find ways to make progress in their recovery. I find the value of support makes a difference in the lives of many people, and bonding with others makes living with a mental illness a less stigmatizing for everyone.
We are in collaboration with NAMI Arapahoe/Douglas and the Colorado Division of Child and Family Services in the Department of Behavioral Health, as well as Creekside Collaborative which is a network of independent therapists in private practice who share a common vision of providing quality mental health services which are trauma-informed and based on interventions that have been proven to be effective.