Psychologist Encourages Mental Health Dialogue to Celebrate Brain Awareness Week

Tuesday, March 13, 2018 Mental Health News
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Let's Talk Colorado Campaign Encourages Mental Health Discussion and Treatment

DENVER, March 12, 2018 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The week of March 12 to March 18 is National

Brain Awareness Week, and Jamie H. Pollack, PsyD, practicing neuropsychologist at Littleton Adventist Hospital, is working with a coalition of organizations united to inspire Coloradans to start talking about their mental health.

"These issues are not the sufferer's fault," said Pollack, who researches and evaluates brain injuries, illnesses and other related issues to assess cognitive impairment. "It's important for the people who are involved in the sufferer's life to be supportive and caring. It starts with a simple statement letting the individual know we care and we're available to listen and support them so that they may receive help, feel supported and improve their quality of life."

"It's important to recognize that not only things such as job-related stress, the death of a loved one, family or relationship related issues, and other environmental circumstances may influence the development of a mental health issue," Pollack continued. "Genetics, family history, neurochemistry, and brain injury may also play a part in the development and expression of mental health issues."

Colorado Health Institute research from 2017 shows more than 500,000 Coloradans experienced eight days or more of poor mental health in a month, enough people to fill Coors Field, Sports Authority Field at Mile High and the Pepsi Center three times over.

The Let's Talk Colorado campaign comprises more than 20 public and private health organizations and community groups. The initiative encourages Coloradans to talk to someone they trust about their mental health. Family members, friends and others who initiate that conversation make a difference, and reaching out could literally save someone's life.

The campaign's website, www.LetsTalkCO.org, includes tips on how to start a conversation about mental health, and a toolkit of resources to help individuals and groups address the subject within their family, community group or organization.

Let's Talk Colorado is a community-driven coalition of organizations including:

9Health Fair, Aurora Mental Health Center, Boulder County Public Health, Broomfield Public Health, Centura/Denver South Group, Children's Hospital Colorado, ClinicNet, Community Reach Center, Denver Public Health, Doctors Care, Douglas County Government, Jefferson Center for Mental Health, Mental Health Center of Denver, Metro Community Provider Network, SCL Health, and Tri-County Health Department.

Contact:Tom SkelleyEvolution Communications303.356.6926tom@becausemessagematters.com

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SOURCE Let’s Talk Colorado



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