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9NEWS and COLab host discussion about mental health in Colorado

A panel discussed mental health in Colorado and the resources available for people struggling.

DENVER — Coloradans joined a statewide conversation Thursday on mental health during these challenging times. 

9NEWS and the rest of the Colorado News Collaborative presented a one-hour statewide conversation about mental health as part of "On Edge," an ongoing series about coping with the crises.

Watch the full panel discussion in the video player above or on the 9NEWS YouTube Channel. 

Community members could send questions and comments about mental health in Colorado and the importance of having open, honest conversations about it:

The conversation was hosted by 9NEWS Anchor Jordan Chavez, who bravely broke stigma barriers to talk about his own mental health. It also featured:

  • Dr. Robert Werthwein, Colorado's top mental health official who has dealt with his own mental health challenges.
  • Laura Negley from Eads, who overcame debilitating depression in a rural community she says doesn't discuss mental health.

  • Dana Licko from Denver, a mother and former journalist who has been in recovery six years from opioid addiction and talks about the importance of self care.

> Watch the full conversation:

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