COLORADO GIVES DAY -- AN OPPORTUNITY TO HELP THOSE IN NEED OF GRIEF SUPPORT
INDIVIDUAL AND GROUP GRIEF SUPPORT
The demand for our services has increased fourfold since 2020, and continues to rise as our region experiences higher rates of deaths to suicide, overdose, and outdoor pursuits in addition to deaths related to COVID during the pandemic. This "grief pandemic" is estimated to continue to grow for several years. Now more than ever, we need your support to allow us to continue to serve the bereaved members of our community. Grief counseling is offered based on abiity to pay, with 95% of our clients receiving free or reduced fee services. One counseling session costs $120.
COMMUNITY GRIEF RESPONSE AND SUPPORT
In addition to providing individual and group grief counseling, The Grief Center of Southwest Colorado has provided grief support and aftercare to students and employees in several organizations experiencing sudden and traumatic loss. Each of these efforts costs approximately $5000.
CHILDREN'S AND FAMILY GRIEF PROGRAMS
One in 12 children in Southwest Colorado will lose a parent or sibling by the time they are 18. One in 5 of our region's indigenous children will do the same. (CBEM 2022). Our children's and family programming makes up 42% of our services. Sending a child to grief camp costs $600 per child.
TRAINING GRIEF PROFESSIONALS
It has been estimated that approximately 80% of all mental health concerns, and many physical health issues, may be traced to unprocessed grief. Bereaved individuals are at a 75% higher risk for substance use, self-harm and suicidal ideation. To meet this escalating need, The Grief Center of Southwest Colorado trains mental health professionals in our region's schools and agencies on grief-sensitive interventions, and has a robust internship program to train future grief therapists. Donations towards this training initiative will create a healthier community in the future.