Why do we do what we do??
According to the CDC:
1 in 5 adults experience a mental illness in a given year.
1 in 25 Americans lives with a serious mental illness, such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or major depression.
Suicide as cause of death in Colorado was #1 for ages 10-14 and #2 for ages 15-44 in 2019.
According to the Colorado Health Institute:
1 in 10 people in Colorado did not receive proper health care in 2019.
Less than 1/3 of Coloradans who were diagnosed with a mental disorder (anxiety, depression, etc.) and who committed suicide received mental health care.
42% of Colorado youth (LGBTQIA) considered suicide in 2019 verses 13.4% of heterosexual youth.
Systemic Racism in Healthcare is a real issue nationally and in Colorado.
5 in 5 of us have mental health.
And almost everyone in the world has experience with someone that has attempted or completed suicide. Or has personally, or known someone who has lived with or struggled with a mental health challenge.
It is time to break the silence and stigma around talking about mental health and bring light to the epidemic of suicide. This world is in a mental health crisis, it is a global issue. More people now than ever are suffering, struggling, experiencing or living with a mental health challenge.
BCC Evolution was designed for those that want to get educated about mental health and suicide for more understanding and have the capability to help others when in need. Also a place to see the faces, names and stories of those that are ready to speak up and honor the lives of those lost or honor themselves for the journey they have survived. Everything we do is education based.
Mental Health is the epidemic, suicide is the action that occurs from a mental condition, including but not limited to, depression, PTSD, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, personality disorders, anxiety disorders, and substance abuse, which are all risk factors. Or past traumatic experiences like child abuse, sexual abuse, domestic violence, rape, grief or loss, divorce, bullying, head trauma or any type of trauma throughout life can also be a huge factor. And we know there is not enough Mental Health facilities or providers to support the amount of people in need or suffering from a mental health condition. This lack of resources is causing people to attempt or complete the act of suicide due to feelings of being alone or not having another option. Our future and our past are dying by their own hands and the stigma and silence that surrounds mental health needs to be eliminated.
BCC Evolution focuses more on the Mental Health aspect which ultimately contributes to the prevention of suicide.
Education saves lives. The more people know and understand, the better they can help those in need or themselves.
BCC offers multiple levels of education classes, Mental Health First Aid (MHFA), Breaking the Cycle of Trauma Master Education Program, become a Breaking the Cycle of Trauma (BCT) instructor program, Give Youth a Voice, and NLP Practitioner Training in partnership with WorldWide NLP.
We offer several programs and resources including:
"Who Is???..." blog to share your story or the story of your loved one.
Free Grief and Loss Support Group on Circles. Mondays at 12:30pm MT
“If we open our minds, hearts and mouths, together we can make mental health matter!!"
It is okay to not be okay!!