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Colorado Springs charity offering free mental health services amid COVID-19


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) - As social distancing guidelines continue to keep many of us cooped up in our homes more than we'd like, some people are finding themselves in need of mental health resources.

Empty Stocking Fund CO -- which provides funding for health and human service agencies in the Pikes Peak region -- has teamed up with the National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI) Colorado Springs to offer free multi-week classes and regular support groups for people in need.

"In these trying and uncertain times, we feel it is now more important than ever to support an agency providing such critical mental health services in our community," the Empty Stocking Fund said in a statement to KRDO.

"There's a lot of isolation, of course, that people are feeling right now. Especially with no end kind of in sight," NAMI spokesperson Kirk Woundy explained. "There aren't a lot of places where people can go to find real understanding, and community, and comfort when they're dealing with mental health challenges."

NAMI hopes to start offering more resources with the help of the additional funds from the Empty Stocking Fund in the near future.

Click here for more information on how you can access free mental health services from NAMI Colorado Springs.

You can donate to the Empty Stocking Fund CO to support any of its twenty local health and human service partner organizations here.

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Julia Donovan

Julia is a reporter for KRDO. Learn more about Julia here.