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Connecting you with inspiring stories
this holiday season.

For many Colorado moms, this time of year pushes a lot of emotional buttons and adds stress to the burdens they are already carrying from past trauma, substance use and the demands of motherhood. But, as you’ll see in this edition of our newsletter, this season is also a powerful time of reconnection. For many courageous, strong moms in recovery, one of the most incredible outcomes of treatment is reconnecting to their children. To their own parents and extended families. Even to themselves. They are finding ways to reconnect to the community, to services that are available to them and to meaningful relationships with people who support them.

As each of us finds ways to make the most of this holiday season, we are reminded of the isolation of COVID and the worries these moms carry with them every day. It makes us even more in awe of their strength and more aware of their need to have safe, supportive connections with others. Our Tough as a Mother public awareness campaign continues to help connect Colorado mothers with dependent children to substance use treatment providers in their communities. 

To medical providers, we give you a special thanks this season for the tireless work you have provided during the last year. We are so appreciative of your dedication to helping moms who are struggling, and we hope you’ll continue to find ways to meet them with compassion and kindness as they navigate their journey. 

Read on to see stories of connection through the eyes of tough mothers and some of the inspiring people running innovative treatment and recovery programs in Colorado. They are truly creating connections that transform lives.

Child First in Colorado

Cohorts forming! Child First is an evidence-based, two-generation, home-based mental health intervention that serves young children and their families most impacted by systemic and structural inequities. Learn more about this exciting program.

Register for our Zoom 101 on the Child First Program

Recovery Nurse Advocates

Recovery Nurse Advocates at SCL Health, Lutheran Medical Center are connecting moms to a unique support system. The program provides home visitation care by a Registered Nurse (RN) for mothers with substance misuse during pregnancy and for one year post-partum. Learn more about this true labor of love.

Mile High Behavioral Healthcare Miracles Program

Not just connecting moms to treatment, connecting them to life. Learn more about this unique program that connects moms to a myriad of ways to learn to care for themselves, including classes in life skills, job readiness, parenting, healthy relationships, cooking, yoga and quilting. 

From victim to community gamechanger – Glory uses her own story to connect moms to healing and hope.

A Mother dedicated to peer support recovery after losing her son to an opioid overdose.
Check out the many opportunities below to promote and support mothers in recovery across our state.
Important new statewide mental health resource for youth 
I Matter – Youth and their parents can visit the I Matter platform to take a confidential online survey about their mental health and schedule sessions with a licensed behavioral health clinician, primarily online over telehealth. All Colorado youth ages 18 or younger—or 21 and younger if receiving special education services—are eligible to receive free services. State law allows youth ages 12 and up to use the platform independently; youth ages 11 and younger will need their parent or guardian's consent to sign up. 

Wondering what we can do for the little ones from birth to age 6?
Here are resources for the Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation program: 

Share our Sober Holiday Tips to your social channels. Download our toolkit here.
Survey Support - Mothers Needed
Ashley Miller, a mother in recovery and a member of Illuminate Colorado's Advisory Board, is currently in school getting her bachelor's degree at Metropolitan State University of Denver. She is seeking survey participants for her project on how maternal substance use impacts mother/infant bonding.
Parentline Clinical Study - Pregnant women needed
Our therapeutic partner, Parentline, is currently conducting a survey and are looking for research participants to help them understand the issues parents need the most support with during the first six months after having a baby.
Did you miss our panel discussion last month
on mothers recovering out loud?
Last month we presented a panel discussion at the Colorado Behavioral Health Symposium on Recovering Out Loud. Four panelists who are all mothers in recovery shared their unique journeys and experiences of loss as a result of substance use disorder. Each woman shared how they have turned their past challenges into powerful, much-needed peer support. It’s further proof that when we recover loudly, other mothers do not have to suffer in silence. Check out the recording here.
We want to hear from you.
Help us build statewide collaboration and share your resources, stories and events with the rest of the Tough as a Mother community.
Tell us what you are up to and we will happily share it out.

Tough as a Mother is a collaborative statewide initiative launched and funded by Signal Behavioral Health Network, the Colorado Office of Behavioral Health and the other managed-service organizations across the state including Diversus Health, Mental Health Partners and West Slope Casa

To learn more about the campaign, including how to access outreach materials and get involved in our efforts, visit or email us at

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