At Mind Springs Health and West Springs Hospital, we take pride in providing behavioral health thought leadership to our community members. Sometimes, a topic concerning behavioral health becomes extremely relevant and we find it pertinent to raise awareness of the issue. In these instances, we develop advocacy campaigns with educational and actionable items.
Media and technology are at the very center of all our lives today — especially our children’s. Kids today spend over 50 hours of screen time every week. The media content they consume and create has a profound impact on their social, emotional, cognitive and physical development.
Learning how to use media and technology wisely is an essential skill for life and learning in the 21st century as online social networks and forms of communication rapidly change the way human beings interact.
Download our brochure on protecting kids in our digital age for tips and resources concerning this issue.
Health care is a top issue for many people and a veritable moving target these days with the political battles going on. Understanding stigma and knowing treatment works, we must always take a stand in defending the right to behavioral health care for all Americans. The Affordable Care Act has allowed millions of Americans to achieve better health by requiring behavioral health care coverage in parity with physical health care, and accepting pre-existing conditions. Further, by expanding Health First Colorado (Medicaid) in our state, we are making significant strides towards the goal of being the healthiest state in the country.
Last year when the US Legislature was debating changes to our health care system, Mind Springs Health and West Springs Hospital launched an advocacy campaign to protect the benefits provided by the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare). The following video playlist was used to urge community members to educate themselves on the proposed changes, and contact their local officials with their opinions. Communications were sent out via email and social media to reach community members. Advocacy efforts like this are essential as Mind Springs Health and West Springs Hospital strive to build mental well being in our communities.