WrittenThe Denver Post
Posted May 1, 2016
Original article on The Denver Post
Colorado lawmakers locked in partisan tiffs in the final days of the legislative session will lay down their arms and join arms around the issue of mental health Monday. In a public bipartisan ceremony Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper will sign a proclamation declaring May Mental Health Month in the state.
The noon ceremony in the West Foyer of the Capitol also will be led by Democratic House Speaker Dickey Lee Hullinghorst of Boulder and Republican Rep. Clarice Navarro of Pueblo. Attendees can receive a free mental-health wellness screening courtesy of Mental Health Colorado, the event’s organizer.
Navarro, a legislative workhorse on the issue, said such efforts are important to recognizing and treating mental health and substance use.
“Supporting mental health awareness is very important to me, and being involved in the kick-off of Mental Health Colorado’s campaign will very rewarding,” she said. “And I am happy to support this organization and all that it does to shine a light on such an important issue facing Americans.”