Sharing stories of hope, resilience, and recovery.
Read about the experiences of clients at Jefferson Center and how mental health treatment made a positive impact in their lives.
Lynn was introduced to Jefferson Center during a time of crisis in her family. A teenage family member’s behavior had changed drastically, causing three different month-long stays in a psychiatric hospital. During their last hospital visit, the staff reached out to Jefferson Center. Lynn was not familiar with community mental health centers, but she was willing to try anything.
Debra worked as a successful corporate executive until she was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder later in life. When a family tragedy caused Debra to lose her private healthcare insurance, she switched to Medicaid and was referred to Jefferson Center to help treat her disorder. A new therapist, peer specialist, and support groups helped her return to solid ground.
Lisa didn’t have private insurance and relied on help from community mental health centers. During these visits, she was diagnosed with bipolar I, and without medication to balance her brain chemistry, she would have found herself going in and out of hospitals with dangerous and damaging manic episodes.
Though she was struggling and deeply in pain, Tabbey felt she was not quite ready to once again receive counseling. This was due to some negative experiences Tabbey had with previous therapists. Tabbey sought help from Jefferson Center after a second suicide attempt—anguish largely due to depression caused by a feeling of disconnect between her mind and her body.
Allyson is passionate about health equity and has devoted her career to it. She joined the Jefferson Center team in 2016 as a behavioral health clinician and works in professional development. Allyson established a BIPOC (Black, Indigenous People of Color) focused initiative, and supports the Diversity Equity and Inclusion work creating a culture of inclusion and safety for all.
Despite several successful years of maintaining his sobriety, Antonio still struggled with depression and suicidal ideation. His options were limited, and the lack of choice felt scary. When Antonio moved to Colorado from the East Coast, he found Jefferson Center and received the kind of collaborative support that worked for his needs.
Jesse suffered a series of unfortunate events that led her down a path of anxiety and depression. Having experienced domestic abuse, the death of her child, and generational trauma, Jesse knew she needed to seek help, and that is when she contacted Jefferson Center.
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For more information, please contact Amy Lyden-Cardinal, Peer Specialist, at AmyL@jcmh.org or 720-202-7357.