Promote the power of community.
Denver spoke. We listened. We must use community knowledge, strengths, and resources to foster local connectedness and support.
Increase access to local care support.
Transportation, wait times, and traditional work hours keep people from getting the support they need when they need it. Supports need to show up in places and spaces that communities already know, visit, and trust.
Promote and utilize community assets.
There aren’t enough responses to mental health and substance misuse designed by and for the community. To meet people where they are, we must partner with communities and support efforts that are already working as well as new, innovative, and nontraditional solutions.
Increase trusted community.
There’s a strong link between isolation and mental health and substance misuse. We need to understand and address what communities are going through by giving them space, language, mentoring, and peer opportunities to support each other.