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Postpartum Support International — Call 1-800-944-4773, press #1 for Spanish or #2 for English, or text 503-894-9453. The organization has a Colorado chapter that provides local resources for mothers. Mary Schroeter, coordinator for the Littleton area, can be reached at 303-883-7271. Laurel Hicks is coordinator for the greater Denver area and can be reached by phone or text at 303-974-8295. The group's website is at http://www.postpartum.net/
Healthy Expectations Perinatal Mental Health Program — Call 303-864-5252 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For mothers in the perinatal period, the program at Children’s Hospital Colorado offers medical and psychological evaluations, couples and individual counseling, and support groups. Some services, including a moms support group called MAMAS Connect, are offered at the Highlands Ranch campus, 1811 Plaza Drive.
You Are Not Alone Mom 2 Mom (YANAM2M) — Call 303-229-3678 or email email@example.com. The free support group for moms meets weekly at locations in Highlands Ranch. To view a calendar, visit www.yanam2m.org/calendar.
AllHealth Network — Call 303-730-8858. South metro Denver’s community health center offers behavioral inpatient and outpatient services as well as group and individual or family counseling. For a list of locations, visit www.allhealthnetwork.org/about-us/contact-us-locations.
Colorado Crisis Services — Call 844-493-8255 or text ”TALK” to 38255. You will be connected to a crisis-trained counselor who will provide immediate and confidential support. For in-person support, visit a walk-in location at 6509 S. Santa Fe Drive in Littleton.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, marijuana use can lead to a marijuana dependency and, in extreme cases, addiction.
About 30 percent of marijuana users are believed to have some degree of a marijuana-use disorder. This is often associated with “dependence,” NIDA says on its website, in which a person feels withdrawals when not using.
Frequent users report symptoms such as irritability, difficulty sleeping, moodiness, low appetite, cravings and physical discomfort after quitting.
If a person cannot stop using marijuana and it is interfering with his or her life, he or she may be addicted.
“Estimates of the number of people addicted to marijuana are controversial, in part because epidemiological studies of substance use often use dependence as a proxy for addiction,” NIDA says, “even though it is possible to be dependent without being addicted.”
There is one problem in society today that knows no boundaries, affecting rich and poor, conservative and liberal, young and old, all alike. It doesn't discriminate based on ethnicity or nationality or any other method by which we usually divide ourselves.We all can suffer from mental illness. In fact, one in five of us will experience a mental health issue in our lifetime. But for such a widespread problem, there is a strange silence that accompanies the problem. It isn't talked about, or if it is, only in hushed tones, or laughed off as a punchline to a joke. Likewise, too often those actively searching for mental health medical care often find their calls for help met with silence too — a lack of funding, or insurance support, or adequate laws to blame. So it's time to talk about it, and really look at mental health in our communities. What's working? What's not? What can all of us do to make things better?
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