May is Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month and we want you to know that if you are struggling, you are not alone.

One of our members shares their story.

“I joined roller derby when I was 19 years old. I was a sophomore in college and was struggling with my mental health. I wasn’t attending class, felt hopeless and lost in the world, and could only bring myself to leave my home when I had to work strictly because I absolutely had to in order to pay the bills. I had stopped attending therapy, didn’t feel that the medications I were on were working, and continued to struggle with my insomnia. I was encouraged by my roommates to join and they even came with me to the informational night. It was hard at first since I was doing something on my own that was new. But I feel incredibly lucky to have found the sport and stuck with it. It got me out of the house and moving at least twice a week. It also introduced me to a variety of individuals with different experiences and backgrounds. It was something I really needed at the time when I felt like I had no place in the world and couldn’t find my footing.

I was skating in bouts, traveling around Northern Colorado (and a little bit of Wyoming) and meeting so many different people. I sustained an injury that stopped my skating for what should have been at least 3 months but my stubbornness gave it max a month. During that month I found myself struggling again. I was swamped with school, working extensive hours at a job I hated, and was still broke somehow. I found myself in extreme crisis and didn’t sleep for two days. I wish I had used the resources I had available to me prior to this but was thankful that I didn’t complete the plan I had mentally laid out. I began going to therapy, trying to find a medication that worked best for me, and found a job that was more fulfilling.

Although I continue to struggle with my mental health, I now have skills and supports that help me through extremely tough times.”

Need help? Here are some resources:

Colorado Crisis Services is a statewide behavioral health crisis response system. It offers residents help with mental health, substance use, or emotional crisis as well as information and referrals for support in your area. Colorado Crisis Services mission, “is to strengthen Colorado’s mental health system by providing Coloradans with greater access to crisis services wherever they are at 24/7/364 regardless of ability to pay.” Individuals are able to call or text. When you contact Colorado Crisis Services you will be connected with a clinician or, upon request, a peer specialist with similar experiences to your own.

Call: 1-844-493-TALK, or text “TALK” to 38255

The State of Colorado’s department of human services website also has links to resources for behavioral help.

Pikes Peak Suicide Prevention Partnership strives to unite the community in addressing and preventing suicide in the Pikes Peak region through education, intervention, and postvention. The Pikes Peak Suicide Prevention Partnership offers a variety of supports for those who know or are struggling with their mental health. They have group sessions that individuals can sign up for on their website or in person. Peer support, coping skills, CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy), as well as 10 free individual sessions are available to those in need regardless of insurance. These groups are available to all ages.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a national network of local crisis centers that provide free and confidential emotional support to those in crisis. The Lifeline was started by Vibrant Emotional Health and The U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) on January 1st, 2005. They are available 24/7 in the United States. They’re, “committed to improving crisis services and advancing suicide prevention by empowering individuals, advancing professional best practices, and building awareness.”

Starting July 16th, individuals will be able to dial 988 and be connected to The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline throughout the United States. Individuals are also able to get support on their website through chat.

The Trevor Project provides confidential support for LGBTQIA youth. They are available 24/7 and can be reached online, through text, or with a phone call.

Call the TrevorLifeline at 1-866-488-7386 or text START to 678-678