Envision:You joined with the Rx Abuse Leadership Initiative of Colorado as part of their broader commitment to increase awareness of the behavioral health needs of Colorado’s LGBTQ+ community, including those around substance use disorders.
Envision:You’s campaign centers on the heightened affect mental health concerns and substance abuse disorder have on members of the LGBGTQ+ community. Envision:You is organized to improve the level of understanding, access and care related to these issues.
RALI Colorado brings together local, state, and national leaders to identify lasting solutions to help end the state’s opioid crisis. RALI sponsored the public awareness campaign.
Three prominent Coloradans—each of whom is deeply committed to improving the health and wellbeing of all Coloradans—have also joined the campaign to raise awareness and capacity around mental health issues in Colorado’s LGBTQ+ community.
State Representative Leslie Herod, former State Senator Linda Newell, and Michelle Barnes, executive director of the Colorado Department of Human Services, each taped public service announcements (PSAs) that aired on radio stations in parts of Colorado in December. The PSAs encourage LGBTQ+ community members to access resources and services if they or a loved one are affected by mental health illness or substance use disorder and encourage loved ones to spot the warning signs of opioid misuse.
According to Steven Haden, co-founder of Envision:You, “We are grateful for RALI’s commitment to improving the well-being of Colorado’s queer community. Because of their support, we are able to work toward a day when the disproportionate psychological burden LGBTQ+ folks encounter fades away to a distant past.”
The Envision:You mission is to support, educate, and empower members of the Colorado LGBTQ+ community living with mental health and substance use disorders. To learn more, please visit envision-you.org.
The Rx Abuse Leadership Initiative (RALI) of Colorado is an alliance of local, state, and national partners who are coming together around one shared purpose: addressing the opioid crisis. RALI Colorado comprises more than 30 local, state, and national organizations representing healthcare stakeholders, veterans, industry leaders, and other community partners. In addition to safe disposal, the organization will work together to find solutions and share best practices for prevention, treatment, and recovery related to prescription drug misuse. For more information please visit rali-co.org.