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May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Posted 05/1/2018

May is Mental Health Awareness Month.  It’s that time of year when we increase awareness of mental health, support others seeking help and reduce the stigma of asking for professional assistance. 

One in four Americans are diagnosed with a mental illness according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness.  AspenPointe is here to provide confidential and accessible treatment to those seeking help. 

Susan Seiler, our Chief Operating Officer and Acting President and CEO, recently provided an update to two new programs: 

I want to make you aware of two new programs that have recently launched. I am pleased to announce that AspenPointe has added Suboxone (Buprenorphine/Naloxone) to our Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) offerings to help treat opioid addiction. We know all too well about this epidemic sweeping our nation, and we are delighted to help those in our community through this new programming.   

The use of Suboxone will complement the education, counseling (individual and group) as well as other support measures that focus on the behavioral aspects of addiction. We started a couple of weeks ago with existing clients who are willing to participate in all aspects of the comprehensive program. In the coming weeks, we will open our program up to new patients - based on feedback from community partners, the demand will be high. 

I’m also excited about a new online therapy program that is bridging gaps, especially in our rural service areas. This entails visiting with a clinician through a secure, HIPAA-compliant website called Ieso Digital Health. The therapy delivered is rooted in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and has demonstrated effectiveness in treating anxiety, depression, fears, panic attacks, obsessive compulsive disorder and social anxiety. 

Of note, we recently consolidated most of our substance misuse disorder teams at our 1795 Jet Wing Drive facility. This move allows us to develop a comprehensive model of care, add uniformity and provide an incubator for staff to develop both the programming and the effectiveness of a great substance misuse treatment program. Our goal is to then share this model of care across our other sites. To offer encouragement in seeking substance misuse help, please listen to one of our clients, Sabrina, and her story

Thank you for helping to spread the word about Mental Health Awareness Month.  If you need help, please call 719-572-6100 or visit one of our eight locations in Colorado Springs or six locations in rural areas of El Paso, Park or Teller counties. 

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