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For additional information regarding Mental Health after June 8, 2016 can be found on the city of Longmont Community Relations website.

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 Mental Health Resources


Join us as our Longmont community embraces the challenges of mental health:


Resource Center / 5:30pm - 6:30pm
A  Day for Grace / 6:30pm - 8:10pm
Panel and Audience Discussion / 8:10pm
Resource Center / 9:30pm

DayforGrace070_edited2_250 ABOUT "A DAY FOR GRACE"

A Day for Grace
March 9, 2016
Longmont High School Auditorium
1040 Sunset Street

"A Day for Grace" recounts the adventures of a father-to-be chasing parental shadows from his tumultuous youth in small town Virginia to find the light for his unborn child.

Longmont playwright Doug Vincent and roots rock legend Sam Llanas (formerly of BoDeans) share the stage in this inspiring autobiographical tale of hope and triumph over adversity.

Boulder StoryHealers is providing free pizzas for this event from 5:30pm until 6:30pm. In order to get an accurate number of attendees, we are asking that those planning to attend register online.
You may also call (720) 340-8056.





The moderator for this event is Director Barbara Van Dahlen, Campaign to Change Direction, a national initiative to change the culture of mental health in America. She will highlight this campaign and introduce the five signs that someone is in emotional pain and may need help. Dr. Van Dahlen will then moderate a panel of community members, regional and national experts who will discuss their perspectives and share information to help raise awareness about mental health issues.

change direction _250 barbara logoBarbara Van Dahlen, Ph.D., named to TIME's 2012 list of the 100 most influential people in the world, is the president and founder of Give an Hour™.  A licensed clinical psychologist who has been practicing in the Washington, D.C., area for over 20 years, she served as an adjunct faculty member at George Washington University, where she participated in the training and supervision of developing clinicians. She received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Maryland in 1991, her M.A. in clinical psychology from the University of Maryland in 1987, and her B.A., summa cum laude, in psychology from California State College in 1982. Concerned about the mental health implications of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, in 2005 Dr. Van Dahlen founded Give an Hour, a national nonprofit providing free mental health services to the military and veteran community. Its nearly 7,000 mental health professionals have given more than 175,000 hours of care and support to those in need, and the organization now also leads the Campaign to Change Direction, a collective impact effort to change the culture of mental health in America. Dr. Van Dahlen has received numerous awards, including the American Psychological Association’s Presidential Citation and the 2013 Richard Cornuelle Award for Social Entrepreneurship of the Manhattan Institute. In 2014 she was named a Woman of Distinction by the Coastal Bend Women Lawyers Association and honored by the Chief of Staff of the United States Army as an outstanding civilian who has made significant voluntary contributions to our military and the United States Army.


  • Dr. Jerry Yager is a Clinical Psychologist, currently in private practice, with more than 25 years of experience in the assessment and treatment of traumatized children and adolescents. He specializes in working with adolescents who exhibit self-destructive behavior and have severe mental illness such as clinical depression, bipolar mood disorder, post-traumatic distress disorder and psychosis. Before moving to private practice, Dr. Jerry served as Director of Training & Community Education at Denver Children’s Advocacy Center, and was the Executive Director of the Denver Children's Home, which shares a mission with Denver Children’s Advocacy Center to provide high quality mental health care for low-income children whose problems would otherwise go undiagnosed and untreated. Dr. Yager received his Doctorate in Psychology from Nova University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Colorado. He is a ChildTrauma fellow with the ChildTraumaAcademy, and conducts professional training in Colorado, nationally and internationally.

  • Matt Vogl, MPH; Deputy Director. In addition to administrative and development responsibilities Matt oversees the implementation of a variety of projects to extend the reach of the CU Depression Center into communities across the state, including suicide prevention, media outreach, education/stigma reduction programs, school-based initiatives and community/organizational behavioral health assessment and systems redesign. Matt received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Marquette University and earned a Masters in Public Health from the University of Minnesota. He is past Board Chair for the Suicide Prevention Coalition of Colorado, and is a past board member of the Colorado chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

  • Nina Kranzdorf, is a senior at Fairview High School. She works with numerous depression awareness and suicide prevention organizations. For the last three years she have been a peer educator with Colie’s Closet, an organization that speaks in middle and high school classrooms throughout BVSD about the definitions of depression, risk factors, warning signs, and how to ask for help. Nina is also a youth discussion leader in Voices out of Silence, an organization that uses a dramatic monologue followed by small group discussions to open up the conversation of depression. She started doing this work the beginning of her sophomore year of high school but during her junior year, one of her closest friends ended her own life. It took one moment for Nina's entire world to shatter and months for her to begin piecing it back together. She did so by dedicating herself to suicide prevention efforts. Moving forward she hopes to work towards relieving the stigma surrounding mental illnesses.

  • Anne Larson is a Longmont resident.  She was the middle child in a family of five. Her mother was a paranoid psychotic and suffered from PTSD, most probably from sexual abuse as a child. Her father was a folie a deux, a condition in which he shared her delusions in order to keep the relationship. Her mother self-medicated and became an alcoholic.   Her parents were codependent. Life in that household was tumultuous and isolating. Friends were rarely invited into her childhood home, because of the uncertainty of Anne's mother's state of mind. Consequently, Anne grew up to be an introvert and socially awkward. She did not date in high school or college and her friendships were scarce.  She eventually married a bipolar alcoholic and tried to remain childless so as to not perpetuate the cycle. She did have one child, and unwitting perpetuated the cycle to some extent. She has gone to therapists and self-help groups most of her adult life. Although she is well educated and very functional in society, relationships still remain difficult for her. She eventually divorced and is happy living alone. She continues to work on her self-esteem and to improve her interactions with her fellow human beings.

                              SCHEDULED RESOURCE CENTER ORGANIZATIONS (as of 2/18/16):


  • Alateen
  • Alcoholics Anonymous
  • Boulder County Al-anon
  • Campaign to Change Direction
  • Center for People with Disabilities
  • City of Longmont - Children, Youth & Families
  • City of Longmont - Public Safety
  • City of Longmont Senior Services
  • Colorado Mental Wellness Network
  • Hearing Voices
  • Infinitely Simple
  • Internet Faith Network on Mental Illness
  • Mental Health Partners
  • Moodscope
  • Restorative Networks
  • Rocky Mountain Compassionate Communication Center
  • Supporting Together
  • Soft Voices

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