"If we decided that people were the most important thing, we could stop the cycle."

The Denver Post brings us an in-depth view into the lives of some of the many people struggling with mental illness in Colorado, a state ranking in the bottom half of per capita mental health spending.

From debilitating depression, anxiety, to schizoaffective and bipolar disorder, and the lack of resources that Colorado hospitals and mental health clinics possess to treat such patients, the Post takes a deep look into what can be done to improve mental health services here, and around the country.

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New Haven, CT to receive $4 million mental health grant

New Haven, Connecticut will receive a $4 million grant to implement mental health programs in the city.

The program will include a new idea: The Stop and Shop on Whalley Avenue will host a counselor at the customer service counter 5 days a week. It's a neutral location to engage mothers and families, and there's no stigma associated with going to the grocery store.

We are excited to see the results of this new program and are encouraged by the plan to engage the community in the mental health needs of its children and families. Read more about the new initiatives here


“You have to find them where they’re at and try to work with them to build their coping strategies."

Forty percent of trauma patients in Chicago screened positively for symptoms of PTSD. With shrinking resources due to budget cuts, the people of Chicago are unable to move forward from the gun violence that plagues their city.

READ MORE here about the invisible scars of the gun violence epidemic.


Introducing Promise Day

A lot can happen in a day – here at Sandy Hook Promise we know that better than just about anyone. That’s why we’re asking parents, guardians, caretakers, community leaders and anyone involved in a child’s life to devote one day each month to taking meaningful action that will help protect children from gun violence.

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The Truth About Mental Illness and Gun Violence

It's been nearly two years since I lost my wife Mary, a dedicated school psychologist and one of the six educators taken from us – in one unthinkable moment – at Sandy Hook Elementary.

While dealing with our loss of Mary never gets easier, I've found great strength in my work to honor her memory by prioritizing mental wellness. And as today is World Mental Health Day, I'm hoping you'll join me in acknowledging not only my late wife's lifetime work, but also the work we all still need to do as a country and as a society to stop scapegoating mental illness and bring more attention to mental wellness.

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Tragic Shooting In Bell, Florida Claims Seven Lives

We are heartbroken to learn that a shooting near Gainesville, Florida has left a women and her six children dead. Please join us in keeping the victims and their family members in our prayers.

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Prosecutors Announce A Nationwide Coalition To Reduce Gun Violence


Obama Urges Action One Year After Navy Yard Shooting

"One year ago, 12 Americans went to work to protect and strengthen the country they loved," said President Barack Obama. "Today, we must do the same -- rejecting atrocities like these as the new normal and renewing our call for common-sense reforms that respect our traditions while reducing the gun violence that shatters too many American families every day."

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