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- Pikes Peak United Way 2-1-1: (http://www.ppunitedway.org/211.html) "At present, trained information specialists staff the hotline from 8a.m. to 5p.m. Monday through Friday utilizing a comprehensive database of thousands of resources including federal, state, and local government agencies, private non-profits, as well as faith and community-based organizations. By directing people to the right resources and preparing them for their visit, 2-1-1 promotes higher assistance success and decreases frustrations. Last year, Pikes Peak United Way 2-1-1 provided life changing information and referrals to countless individuals and families in crisis." The call is free and their referral resources represent a vast collection of potentially helpful organizations.
- Aspen Pointe provides medical and counseling services. Aspen Pointe accepts a variety of insurances, both commercial and public. Please call 719-572-6100 to obtain the specific services available by insurance company. Over the years, Aspen Pointe has provided PsyHarmony's clients (who are also Aspen Pointe patients) with access to psychopharmaceutical medications. There are usually fees charged.
- Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA). DBSA is an important resource in our community to provide support to those who have been diagnosed with clinical depression and forms of Bipolar disorder. Ongoing peer counseling is provided by trained facilitators. The information and moreover, the sense of support through community is invaluable to those dealing with chronic mental health issues. They also have wellness-related resources to aid in maintaining recovery. For more information, phone 719-477-1515 or e-mail them at firstname.lastname@example.org, or drop by (call first!) their offices at 2132 E. Bijou St., Suite 112, Colorado Springs, CO 80909. You might also find their website helpful: www.dbsacoloradosprings.org
- National Alliance on Mental Alliance (NAMI) is "the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to improving the lives of persons living with serious mental illness and their families. Founded in 1979, NAMI has become the nation’s voice on mental illness, a national organization including NAMI organizations in every state and in over 1100 local communities across the country who join together to meet the NAMI mission through advocacy, research, support, and education. Here is the local contact information: https://namicoloradosprings.org/about-nami-colorado-springs/, phone 844-493-8255. The contact information for the national organization is www.nami.org and their phone # is 800-950-6264. IN A CRISIS? TEXT NAMI TO 741741. Both the local and national contact information is provided because the local organization can advise you about their services and register you for their peer-led groups for family members and clients. The national organization can provide you with invaluable information regarding legal issues, medication, and other common challenges which require knowledgeable advice.
- Peak Vista: "Peak Vista Community Health Centers is a nonprofit Federally Qualified Health Center providing exceptional medical, dental and behavioral health care. Peak Vista accepts a wide variety of insurance plans and its website indicates a willing interest in serving those without financial resources to cover all their medical/ behavioral needs." You may be interested in the 340B program which provides discounted pharmaceuticals at participating pharmacies. For more information, contact them at http://www.peakvista.org/about-us or phone (719)632-5700.
- SET Clinics. "SET is a nonprofit medical clinic providing care to the uninsured, under-insured, homeless and Medicaid populations in our community." "SET Family Medical Clinics serves all low income, uninsured and underinsured people, regardless of their ability to pay full price for services. There are multiple clinic sites in El Paso county. SET Family Medical Clinics are authorized to treat acute and chronic illnesses, minor injuries, and mental health issues accompanying medical conditions. Under certain circumstances they can dispense psychopharmaceutical drugs and/or write prescriptions for outside pharmacies.
SET Family clinic has a discounted sliding fee schedule for those with limited financial resources https://www.centura.org/locations/set-family-medical-clinic. Contact information: 9100 E. Mineral Circle Centennial, CO 80112 , phone 303-290-6500.
- Tri-Lakes Cares. Tri-Lakes Cares can provide financial assistance, including rent/mortgage, utilities, transportation, medical bills and co-pays, post-secondary education assistance, and child-care, emergency assistance, including food, car repair, or home repair, self-sufficiency programs, including Getting Ahead, Individual Self-Sufficiency Plans (ISP), budget counseling, and job search and interview skills, and seasonal programs, including school supplies, holiday food, and holiday gifts for children and seniors. TLC cannot provide a specific service or the funding may not be available for specific issues, they can provide referrals to other service organizations, for example:• LEAP (Low Income Energy Assistance Program)• Budget Counseling• Mental Health Counseling• SNAP (Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program)• TEFAP (The Emergency Food Assistance Program)• Senior Assistance and • Health Insurance Assistance. If you are in need, please go this website: https://tri-lakescares.org/ or contact one of the people below to find out if they can help:
For Information for Last Name A-L: Email Sabrina Pacheco at CaseManager@Tri-LakesCares.org
719-481-4864 ext. 102
For Information for Last Name M-Z: Email Paula Blair at CaseManager2@Tri-LakesCares.org
719-481-4864 ext. 112
Note: not only do they serve eligible residents in the Tri-Lakes area, they also extend their services to Air Force Academy residents.Pikes Peak Suicide Prevention. (719) 573-7447 Monday-Friday 9:00AM-5:00PM. After hours, phone 911. A call center staffed with highly-trained volunteers serving people of all ages. Repeat callers not discouraged to call again.
Pikes Peak Suicide Prevention. (719) 573-7447 Monday-Friday 9:00AM-5:00PMWebsites for Particular Disorder
Schizophrenia and Other Psychotic Disorders
- Anxiety and Depression: the Anxiety and Depression Association of American (ADAA" " is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to the prevention, treatment, and cure of anxiety, depressive, obsessive-compulsive, and trauma-related disorders through education, practice, and research." If you are suffering from one of these disorders, it would be well worth your time to give them a click: https://adaa.org/adaa-online-support-group.
- Schizophrenia and Related Disorders Association of America: (SARDAA). Peer and family support for those persons affected by schizophrenia and related psychotic disorders. Contact information: 240-423-9432, website: https://sardaa.org/
Post-Trauma Support Groups
- National Alliance for Mental Health (NAMI): See entry above.
- The website Psych Central has cobbled together a lovely list of online support groups for PTSD: https://psychcentral.com/resources/Post-traumatic_Stress/Support_Groups/. While you are there, cruise the website for information written by mental health professionals on a wide variety of mental health topics and conditions. It really is a gold mine of useful information.
- Google Meet-up Groups:https://www.meetup.com/topics/ptsd/. Ok, let's say you've never accessed a Meet-up Group on Google. It's time to consider doing just that. Click on the above link, and follow the directions. You'll be able to bring up PTSD support groups by the area they serve. Most will be free or ask for a nominal donation to cover the host's costs. Yes, that means they are in-the-flesh programs. No, it doesn't mean you have a long term commitment. C'mon, try it. You know you want to...
- TESSA: https://www.tessacs.org/. Therapeutic support groups for domestic violence and sexual abuse survivors. Phone 719.633.1462.