When people are connected to support for mental wellbeing, they can thrive in every part of life. OBHS brings together partners across Denver to find innovative ways to strengthen the network of services that support mental health for our entire community.
The Office of Behavioral Health Strategies (OBHS) is part of the Community & Behavioral Health Division of the Department of Public Health & Environment. The office was created to ensure that our approach to mental wellbeing is connected, innovative and effective. The OBHS team connects the key players in our city’s efforts toward greater mental well-being, helps partners find innovative ways to serve their stakeholders and our city, and connects people with the supports they need to thrive.
OBHS unites partners across Denver to improve the mental wellbeing of our entire community and help thousands of people get their lives back. We believe that visionary leaders in the public, private, faith-based, and non-profit sectors can find better ways to meet our citizens’ mental-health needs. So we build connections that foster collaboration and innovation and help good ideas get off the ground with expert guidance and resources. As a result, more effective support for mental wellbeing is reducing the strain on critical city services and connecting people with the real supports they need to be healthy in every part of life.
In addition to collaborating with partners to pursue innovations that promote mental wellbeing, and building connections between organizations forging their own collaborations, OBHS directly supports the ongoing work of the Crime Prevention and Control Commission (CPCC), Denver Strong Program, Substance Misuse & Overdose Prevention and Wellness Winnie.
If you are, or someone you know is, in need of confidential and immediate mental health, substance use, or emotional help, please visit Colorado Crisis Services online, call 1-844-493-TALK (8255) or text "TALK" to 38255 to be connected to a crisis counselor or trained professional with a master's or doctoral degree.
Interpretation services are available for non-English speakers. Help and hope are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
If you are, or someone you know is, experiencing a life-threatening emergency, please call 9-1-1.
For more information or inquiries, please contact us at CommunityHealth@denvergov.org.