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May 2018
4 Ways To Be A Mental Health Ally

There are  1 in 5 adults who have a mental health condition in America. While mental health conditions are widespread throughout the United States, there is still a longstanding stigma that exists. Stigma that often stops people from getting help when they need it. Together, we can make strides in breaking that stigma.

With Mental Health Month coming to a close, we shared 4 ways that you can be an ally to the mental health community throughout the year on our blog. Read more here.

A Standing Ovation for Dr. Harriet Hall
Diamond Anniversary Celebration a Tribute to Our Fearless Leader
During our annual celebration this year, we honored our President and CEO, Harriet Hall, for her 36 years of dedication, commitment, and leadership. Although Harriet will be stepping down as the President and CEO of Jefferson Center this summer, she will continue to help guide our work through the end of the year, and she will always remain a community leader. Using her talent and vision to benefit the community is a part of her character that will never retire.  Read more on our website

Thank you to  all  who joined us to celebrate Jefferson Center's 60th year. Your attendance made for a truly wonderful evening, and your support speaks to the importance of mental health care in our community. To watch this year's program video highlighting Jefferson Center's Substance Use services  click here .

A special thanks to our event and in-kind sponsors:  FirstBank Community First Foundation Metro Community Providers Network Alpha and Omega Colorado Community Health Alliance City of Lakewood City of Wheat Ridge Citywide Banks Developmental Disabilities Resource Center NAMI Jeffco Netsmart Technologies Richards, Seeley & Schaefer Seniors' Resource Center Jeffco Public Schools Tolin Mechanical IMA Corp. Foothills Behavioral Health Partners AllHealth Network Colorado Health Foundation Security Central Innovest Portfolio Solutions HealthONE Jefferson Hills Becky Carr,  Harriet Hall,  Sherman & Howard Enstrom Candies Arvada,  Flights Wine Cafe Estate Brands Distributing Company New Image Brewing Olde Town Flower Shoppe.
Indulge! Cupcake Therapy Runs Through May
F o r the third year in a row, Jefferson Center has teamed up with historic Rheinlander Bakery in Olde Town Arvada to host  Cupcake Therapy , a program where Jefferson Center receives $1 for every Mental Health Month specialty cupcake sold during the month of May. 

Treat yourself to a cupcake and  help us celebrate Mental Health Month!
Save the Date - 9th Annual Putt Your Stuff!
Our 9th Annual Putt Your Stuff for Mental Health event will take place on  Thursday, July 26  at Putter's Pride Mini Golf in Lakewood, CO this year. 

Enjoy a summer evening of miniature golf and BBQ while supporting programs at Jefferson Center. Prizes awarded for top scores and best team golf attire!  Keep an eye on our website  for registration details.

Interested in supporting Putt Your Stuff? Sponsorship opportunities are still available! Contact Claire at 303-432-5034 for more information.

Storytellers of Jefferson Center
Susan Wagner - Peer Specialist Coordinator
In celebration of our 60th year, we are reminiscing with employees and others who have been involved with Jefferson Center over the years. 

How long have you been with Jefferson Center and what was it like then?

I've been with Jefferson Center for 11 years. At this time Peer Specialists had been at Jefferson Center for about 9 years. We were beginning a new program for the Adult Outpatient team. There were about five peer specialists back then in this program. We didn't even have our own offices. We would find a conference room to park ourselves in or wander the halls if there wasn't a room available.

What is a peer specialist?

A peer specialist is someone who uses their own lived experience of having a mental illness and they use it to support clients and create hope. We are trained with a lot of skills to work with clients on a peer-to-peer basis. So it's more of a mutual relationship. We are definitely staff so it's not like a friendship but it is fundamentally for a limited period of time. We typically meet our clients in the community as our goal is to help them become involved for a meaningful, happy and healthy life. Continue reading here on our website. 
Jefferson Center is a nonprofit, community-focused mental health care and substance use services provider. We offer hope and support to individuals and families who are struggling with mental health issues and substance use disorders.
Serving our community is at the core of everything we do.

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