North Range Behavioral Health: Colorado Spirit Provides Hope to Community Members Affected by COVID-19

WELD COUNTY – People struggling with mental and emotional challenges as a result of the pandemic crisis can get support through the Colorado COVID-19 Support Program. This virtual, community-based outreach initiative is offered by North Range Behavioral health at no cost to
any resident of Weld County.

“It’s essential that people connect with healthy ways to express their fears, frustrations, and challenges as we work through this crisis together,” says Shawna Cranmer, team lead of the Colorado Spirit COVID-19 Support Program. “Colorado Spirit counselors distribute educational services that teach proven skills for effectively managing stress, talking with children about the pandemic, and ways to connect with community resources.”

The goal is to empower Weld community members through their own resilience while leaving a legacy of knowledge, skills, and community resources.


One aspect of the Colorado Spirit COVID-19 Support is the Warm Line (970-347-2359). North Range Warm Line Support Specialists help with recognizing the steps that can be taken toward building new and lasting routines and tips on caring for health and wellbeing in new ways. Program counselors don’t diagnose or prescribe treatment for mental illness, but they do provide individuals and organizations with reassuring support and information on effective coping strategies.

Colorado Spirit is different from other programs in that the team has the flexibility to meet the community where they are at in their recovery process.

“We know the answers are not clear, and that is why we have no time limits for sessions. This allows us to help individuals at their pace, which is critical to providing support.” shared Kendall Alexander, administrative director. “We also understand that our Youth and Senior populations have been disproportionately impacted by this pandemic, so we have individuals who specialize in outreach and support for these survivors.”

Visit https://northrange.org/colorado-spirit to learn more about services and explore free online tools for stress management during these difficult times.

North Range Behavioral Health, established as a 501(c)3 in 1971, provides compassionate, comprehensive mental health and addiction services for Weld County residents. Available programs treat all ages, across a wide spectrum of needs. We serve people with insurance, Health First Colorado (Colorado’s Medicaid Program), Medicare, CHP+, those without insurance, and those who prefer to pay out of pocket. Most services can be provided in English and Spanish by bilingual, culturally sensitive behavioral health professionals. If you or someone you know is experiencing a behavioral health emergency, call 970.347.2120, option 2; walk into the Crisis Center, 928 12th St., Greeley; or text TALK to 38255. A full list of the Colorado’s Community Mental Health Centers is here: https://www.cbhc.org/covid-19-info/

By Brian Allmer - The BARN

Brian Allmer & the BARN are members of the National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB), the Colorado FFA Foundation, the Colorado 4H Foundation, the Colorado Farm Show Marketing Committee, 1867 Club Board Member, Denver Ag & Livestock Club Member, the Weld County Fair Board, the Briggsdale FFA Advisory Council, Briggsdale 4H Club Beef Leader & Founder / Coordinator of the Briggsdale Classic Open Jackpot Show.