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Denver’s ‘Little Purple Van’ brings mental health help where it’s needed most

With half of Denver residents saying their mental health declined during the pandemic, a converted Winnebago could be the answer.

DENVER — The COVID-19 pandemic has been hard on our minds. Half of all Denver residents say their mental health has declined in recent years. Yet one in six can’t get treatment when they need it, according to the latest Colorado Health Access Survey.

But a Denver program is trying to change that by bringing help directly to those in need.

The Wellness Winnie is Denver’s mobile mental health unit. It operates out of a converted miniature Winnebago.

The RV follows a scheduled route that takes it to seven locations on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. The Wellness Winnie parks outside of libraries and partners with nonprofits to bring a wide variety of services to neighborhoods that may not otherwise have access.

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