Mental Health Center of Denver to break ground on new clinic for children, families

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Julie English's 33-year-old son Alan Cardenas was bipolar and she didn't know it, and she hopes a new clinic to be built by the Mental Health Center of Denver will help other families.

DENVER — One in four Coloradans will suffer from a mental illness in their lives, but it usually only comes to light when a tragedy happens and it’s too late. But one local organization is trying to help.

The Mental Health Center of Denver will break ground at Eudora Street and East 35th Avenue for a new clinic that will specifically help children and families.

The clinic will provide infant and early childhood mental health support, treatment and prevention programs, and other services such as preschool and play time.

It would be able to help families detect mental illnesses early, something that might stop many families from going through heartache.

Julie English’s 33-year-old son Alan Cardenas was bipolar and she didn’t know it. He died on the streets of downtown Denver last year during a manic episode in which four people held him down, suffocating him.

English wishes she had recognized his mental illness earlier and got him the help he needed at a younger age.

Hopefully, it’s the help that doctors and experts at the new clinic will be able to provide for many families before it’s too late.

The groundbreaking of the new clinic will be at 10 a.m. Thursday.

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