Brian Turner, Deputy Director
Brian is the Deputy Director for the Colorado Behavioral Healthcare Council (CBHC), the membership organization for Colorado’s community behavioral health system. Brian worked as Public Policy Specialist and Special Projects Coordinator for CBHC before moving into his current position to direct a variety of projects and statewide initiatives for the Council. His work has focused heavily on health reform, mental health for veterans, prevention of homelessness, the integration behavioral and physical healthcare, and prevention and wellness efforts statewide. In 2011, Brian took on the additional role of Director for Mental Health First Aid Colorado, helping to guide the strategic dissemination and growth of the program statewide.
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Rachel Clements, MHFACO Statewide Coordinator
Rachel Clements joins us from Colorado Springs, where she has amassed a wealth of experience, both in a clinical setting and in stewardship for Mental Health First Aid. We are thrilled to welcome Rachel as our new Statewide Coordinator for Mental Health First Aid Colorado!
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Marina DiMarco, MHFA AmeriCorps
Marina DiMarco comes to us from Vermont, trading in maple syrup, flannel, and Ben & Jerry’s for the allure of the Rocky Mountains and the Denver arts scene. She loves working to alleviate structural violence and oppression, improving public health and mental wellness culture, fishing in the backcountry, riding her bike, and feeding her friends.
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Poojashree Tandukar, MHFA AmeriCorps
Poojashree Tandukar is originally from Nepal and recently graduated from University of Colorado Boulder. She is passionate about gender equality, health equity and accessibility. She enjoys hiking, reading, and being outdoors with her friends. She is thrilled to join MHFACO to learn more and contribute toward mental health.
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Mental Health First Aid Colorado provides coordinated and strategic leadership, critical infrastructure, and the necessary implementation supports to facilitate the statewide growth of both adult and youth Mental Health First Aid.
We are a coalition driven by community non-profit organizations across Colorado and various state agencies, with leadership from the Colorado Behavioral Healthcare Council.
The backbone of MHFA Colorado is a growing network of instructors that are trained to inspire public understanding and involvement through teaching the signs and symptoms associated with mental health and substance abuse issues, and in turn normalize the conversation about mental health while combating stigmas.
Colorado has a unique and valuable approach to implementing MHFA that brings together consumer advocates, healthcare providers, state agencies, educators, criminal justice professionals, first responders and statewide associations to serve as a formal MHFA Colorado Advisory Committee.
Should you have any questions or comments about Mental Health First Aid Colorado, please feel free to Contact Us.