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Redefining Mental Health

Graduate School of Professional Psychology

Redefining Mental Health

We're building a future in which mental health is approached in a holistic practice of well-being, seeking care is no longer stigmatized, and access to robust resources is available to everyone.

Greetings from Dean Shelly Smith-Acuña

Dean Shelly Smith-Acuna

 

"We're so excited to continue GSPP's vision and work Redefining Mental Health this year with
the Denver community and across our great state.

Our mission is to put psychology to work in our complex world, to maximize its
reach and deep human impact. Psychology needs to show up in the right forms, in the
right places, and at the right times. With the launch of our strategic plan, we've set out
on a project to continuously innovate psychology education and increase access
to it, to create a research ecosystem which generates actionable insights for GSPP
and practitioners everywhere, and to take on an expanded and critically important role in
transforming the environment for the practice of psychology.

With this plan, more lives will be touched with more effective methods in a more supportive
environment. But it will take all of us to make this work successful. We hope you will join
us—by engaging in meaningful conversation, by taking compassionate action, and by helping
us build a network equal to our shared hopes for changing people's lives."


Shelly
Shelly Smith-Acuña, PhD
Dean & Professor
Graduate School of Professional Psychology
University of Denver

 

What Does It Mean to Redefine Mental Health?

For more than four decades, GSPP has been a leader in innovative mental and behavioral health education, training and service. Drawing on our pioneering history, GSPP is elevating its work and its vision of redefining mental health in the Denver community and throughout Colorado by expanding our efforts to meet the social needs of the communities we serve. In 2018, we are convening knowledgeable leadership from across the country and our community to ignite conversations and action that change the ways in which we treat and talk about mental health – as we work to normalize the mental health conversation in our diverse communities and cultures. GSPP is leading a collaborative discussion to engage the Denver community to build a future where we approach mental health in a holistic, whole well-being way, where seeking care is no longer stigmatized, and access to robust resources is available to everyone. We call it Redefining Mental Health.

Why Redefine Mental Health?

Mental health issues are stigmatized, which is most harmful to vulnerable populations. Treatment is not always culturally and linguistically competent, and accessibility and efficacy in treatment is often overlooked by multifaceted approaches to care – such as integrating medication, therapy, vocational support, housing, and education as keys to successes. Mental health needs a stronger voice, especially the topic of redefining mental health care through the lens of a person's well-being. At GSPP, we are at the forefront of redefining mental health as we educate and train the next generation of psychologists – and stand as a leader in mental and behavioral health. We invite you to join us as we work to normalize the mental health conversation in our diverse communities and cultures, and reduce barriers to seeking care and resources – we hope you will join us!

To learn more about how GSPP is already working to redefine mental health, visit our website at: www.du.edu/gspp