Uniformed boy on the left is speaking to his school mate on the right who is holding two rakes

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Colorado Governor Jared Polis and the Colorado Department of Human Services kicked off “Mental Health Awareness Month” on May 2. The state joins a national movement to raise awareness about mental health, fight stigma and support the estimated 1 million Coloradans with mental health conditions and their families.

The cast of Choir Boy involved in a conversation onstage

The cast of Choir Boy. Photo by Adams VisCom

As audiences witnessed in DCPA Theatre Company’s production of Choir Boy, youth are particularly vulnerable to peer pressure, lack of acceptance and parental expectations. Those factors can adversely impact the mental health of children and teens.

Locally, the Colorado Department of Human Services provides a list of resources for teens and their guardians, many of which are noted below:


Colorado Crisis Services: text TALK to 38255

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255 (TALK)

Safe2Tell Colorado: 877-542-7233


Ascent: mental wellness that supplies treatment and support

CDPHE Office of Suicide Prevention: offers a guide for talking about suicide with youth

COACT Colorado: mental health support for families

The Center/Rainbow Alley: a safe space where LGBTQ youth find support and acceptance

Forward Together: tips and strategies for teens and caregivers

I Matter: free mental health support for Colorado youth

Mental Health Activities for Young Adults: worksheets, videos and activities to spark conversations about mental health

UCHealth Behavioral Care: assistance for individuals to overcome mental health challenges and addiction disorders

For help with any mental health, substance use or emotional concern, call Colorado Crisis Services at 844-493-TALK (8255) or text TALK to 38255. Trained professionals provide free, immediate and confidential help. Learn more at coloradocrisisservices.org.