Mental Health

The mental health of our community is my top priority.

Let’s work together to take care of our friends and family in need.

I have been told this is not my problem… Well, that is the problem, we all need to make this a priority.

“Amidst the amazing success our city has experienced, somewhere along the way we have forgotten how to love our neighbor…”

Colorado is #5 in the country in suicide; 
El Paso county is #1 in the state.

Addressing our mental health and suicide crisis at the community level is crucial. We need to improve access for professional care, reduce the stigma associated with mental health challenges, develop earlier intervention, increase awareness, and develop stronger support systems. 

Mental health issues contribute to several societal issues, including:

  1. Homelessness
  2. Substance abuse
  3. Unemployment
  4. Reduced productivity
  5. Stigma and discrimination
  6. Increased healthcare costs
  7. Strained relationships and domestic violence
  8. Increased crime and incarceration rates

However, suicide is our most pressing public health crisis that affects individuals of all ages, genders, and backgrounds. Hope plays an important role in mental health as it provides individuals with a positive outlook and the belief that things will get better. Having hope allows individuals to cope with difficult situations, maintain motivation, and pursue their goals. Additionally, hope has been shown to be associated with better physical health outcomes, lower levels of stress and depression, and improved overall well-being. A contributing factor of suicides is the lack hope. I want to help restore hope in those members of our community who may be feeling lost.

s your City Council representative, I will champion this issue.

How David will work to improve mental health in our COMMUNITY:

Getting outdoors has been shown to have positive effects on mental health, including reducing symptoms of depression, anxiety, and stress. Spending time in nature has been linked to increased feelings of well-being, reduced rumination, and improved mood. Engaging in physical activity, such as hiking, gardening, or just taking a walk, can also increase the release of endorphins, which are natural mood-boosting chemicals in the brain.