Don Mares

MARES: MENTAL HEALTH IS HEALTH

Before Stage 4: An important call to action for the mental health of all Coloradans

Contributing Columnist

I want you to imagine for a moment what it would be like if Americans treated cancer in a different way than we do now. Imagine that instead of encouraging people to quit smoking and take other steps to prevent cancer, we just sort of crossed our fingers. Instead of telling people they need to get regular screenings, we waited until the illness had progressed to a more noticeable and less treatable stage.

MARES: BIPARTISAN SUPPORT FOR OUR POLICIES

Mental health issues at the state capitol: we’re working together to improve lives

Contributing Columnist

Two years ago this summer, our public policy team here at Mental Health America of Colorado sent out surveys to about 130 candidates for the state legislature. We asked them 10 questions about reducing the stigma associated with mental health, insurance coverage, the criminal justice system, and improving social determinants of mental health.

MARES: TAKING CHARGE OF HEALTH CARE REFORM

ACA expands consumer protections of the Mental Health Parity and Addictions Equity Act

GUEST COLUMNIST

The recent political strife and grandstanding around the Affordable Care Act has largely ignored the issue at the heart of the law: the health and health care of Americans. Every news story that mentions health care reform becomes a possible talking point in a political debate, but those debates rarely rise to the level of finding health policy solutions.

MARES: COLORADO STILL HAS A LONG WAY TO GO

Updating Colorado’s civil commitment laws is an important, and long overdue, step

The Colorado Statesman

One of the many valuable things about an organization as long-lived and venerable as Mental Health America of Colorado is the historical and often personal context we bring to discussions on a wide range of issues. Our perspective is not just a sterile record of laws and budgets, but the living history of people who have worked together for 60 years to transform our state for the better.

MARES: OUR VISION FOR A HEALTHIER COLORADO IS POSSIBLE

60 years of partnering for mental health in Colorado

The Colorado Statesman

In 1953 a diverse group of concerned Coloradans, among them a Denver city attorney, a Greeley professor and a Pueblo psychiatrist, banded together to change their state for the better. These men and women were the parents and siblings of people who were forced into the shadows of society because they had been diagnosed with mental health disorders.

MARES: WE SHOULD NOT BE AFRAID OR ASHAMED

Dispelling myths about mental health is important — but it’s just the beginning

The Colorado Statesman

The terms mental health and mental illness are used often by the press and in other media. For most people those terms conjure a mix of different images and ideas. For some of us, the words are associated with intense feelings and personal experiences. Unfortunately, many people associate incorrect and hurtful ideas with mental health. Journalists, pundits, public officials and ordinary folks just talking about the news have perpetuated myths about what mental health means without even realizing it.