Yampa Valley Coffee Break Project

Who we are:

Inspired by the original Coffee Break’s success, the Yampa Valley Coffee Break, originally housed under Northwest Colorado Health and funded by the Colorado Department of Agriculture, fosters connections, and breaks down barriers between individuals from all walks of life. More than just coffee and conversation, however, the program is guided by our dedicated Rural Advisory Committee, comprised of passionate community members and agencies deeply interwoven with the agricultural world.

Through their personal and professional experiences, these esteemed advisors provide invaluable insights and guidance, empowering us to effectively connect, advocate, and raise awareness about the challenges and triumphs of rural living, especially related to rural stress.

Together, the Yampa Valley Coffee Break and the Rural Advisory Committee represent a powerful synergy: building bridges, amplifying voices, and fostering a supportive and understanding community across the Yampa Valley

The History:

The Coffee Break Project in Otero County was started after four people from the agricultural community died by suicide within a short period of time. Recognizing the urgent need to eliminate the stigma surrounding discussions on mental health and foster a supportive environment during challenging times, the Coffee Break Project was born.

The Why:

We were inspired to start a Coffee Break Project in our own community after seeing how successful the project was in Otero County. We believe that everyone should have access to a safe and supportive space to talk about their mental health.

We hope that the Coffee Break Project will:

  • Help people feel more connected to their community.
  • Reduce the stigma around mental health.
  • Create access to behavioral health resources.

The Impact:

  • 97 Community Partners across Northwest Colorado with program information
  • 335 community members through community outreach events (Unique Encounters)
  • 47 people via the Yampa Valley Coffee Break project
  • 9 Yampa Valley Coffee Break sessions held from May 1, 2023, to June 30, 2023
  • 2,183 Behavioral Health encounters provided by Northwest Colorado Health during the initial pilot project (January 1, 2023, to June 30, 2023).
  • 146 additional encounters with the Behavioral Health Integration Specialist through Northwest Colorado Health. (January 1, 2023, to June 30, 2023)

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