Enriching lives and minds by focusing on strengths and well-being.
In 1989, Denver civic leaders consolidated four independent nonprofit mental health centers into a single system of care - the Mental Health Center of Denver. The Mental Health Center of Denver is committed to enriching lives and minds by focusing on strengths and well-being for those impacted by mental illness. It provides treatment services to adults, children, and families; the homeless; and those with co-occurring diagnoses; and provides support for reintegration into productive life in the community. We work throughout the City and County of Denver in our own clinics and other sites including day care centers, primary care clinics, nursing homes, residential facilities, homeless shelters, etc. We also have two statewide programs for those living with a mental illness who also live with HIV disease or who are deaf or hard of hearing.
According to Anthony, the Mental Health Center of Denver and the 2Succeed program saved his life. In May of 2013, he was destitute, depressed, jobless, and living in his car. After a period of hospitalization, he was accepted as a student in the culinary program at 2Succeed and graduated with a ServSafe certification. During that time he was active in individual and group therapy and able to find housing in a Mental Health Center of Denver group home.
Anthony says, "Current my active participation in my own recovery and well-being has been enhanced with my responsibilities as a peer mentor and more recently as a peer specialist at the Denver Walk-In Crisis Center. My objective is to meet consumers with a message of hope and be "in-solution" for their needs."
He continues, "I now live independently and I continue to walk in gratitude to all those graces that have been afforded me. My plan daily is to try to make a positive contribution in at least one person's life. After all, their success is mine as well."