November 2, 2017

Murals for mental health

'Find Your Words' murals unveiled throughout the state of Colorado.

Pat Milbery’s fingernails were still covered in vibrant spray-paint colors when he addressed the small crowd.

"Whether it's parents on social media, my peers, the public — even my own friends who've told me their stories or shared their reactions to this piece, it's amazing to me that so many people are already engaging in the messages of this mural," said Milbery, a local Denver artist.

The artwork Milbery referenced is the 40-foot “Words of Hope” mural in downtown Denver. The completed piece was officially unveiled to the community on Oct. 24 as part of Kaiser Permanente Colorado’s “Find Your Words” campaign — an initiative that provides resources for people to identify mental-health issues, start a conversation and get help.

The Denver mural is one of two completed “Find Your Words” murals in the state of Colorado.

In Colorado Springs, local artist Mike Fudge teamed up with Kaiser Permanente to complete the “We Are In This Together” piece — a 50-foot mural plastered to the side of the well-known Cottonwood Center for the Arts building downtown. The Colorado Springs mural was unveiled on Oct. 23.

"We're delighted to work with these artists on such an amazing and timely mural that captures the attention of anyone who sees the building," said Holly Kortum, executive director for Kaiser Permanente in Southern Colorado. "Our goal with this work is to encourage more Coloradans to know it's OK to seek help for themselves or a loved one."

In addition to the two completed pieces, Kaiser Permanente is planning a third mural in Pueblo, which is expected to be completed in the coming weeks.

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