LGBTQ Pride Month – A Time to Increase Awareness

Mental health plays an important role in all of our lives. It contributes to our experiences with people and the emotions we experience towards events that happen in our lives. Mental health effects more than just our emotions and can go beyond how we react to certain situations. These conditions can cause changes in how we act, think and feel.

The lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) community faces mental health conditions just like the rest of the population. Although, some individuals may experience unique negative stigma, prejudice, and other biases that affect their mental health. 

To learn more about how mental health conditions affect the LGBTQ community read this information from the National Alliance for Mental Illness. 

National Men’s Health Week Celebrates Fathers, Sons, Brothers, Husbands, Friends

Men talking

Each year, Men’s Health Week is observed leading up to Father’s Day in mid-June. In fact, many organizations recognize June as Men’s Health Month. The point of these observances is to support men, who too often try to “go it alone” when it comes to managing their health. As we share with people at our mental health clinic, Men’s Health Week is intended to draw awareness to health problems that affect men and boys, and to encourage early detection and prompt treatment of these conditions.

Checkups are Critical

Many serious medical conditions have few if any symptoms. Consequently, it is important to have regular physical exams and the medical tests that can help identify these illnesses. Reminders and encouragement from family and friends can be very effective to prompt a man, who may have the attitude, “I’ll see the doctor if I get sick,” to make an appointment.

To maximize the effectiveness of these visits, it is important that men keep track of their own medical history as well as their family history. This information can help their physician more quickly zero in on illnesses and prescribe effective treatment.

Mental Health is Key to Overall Health

In encouraging the men in your life to take good care of themselves, it is important to remember that mental health is just as important as his physical health. Men have a well-deserved reputation for keeping their emotions bottled up inside, and that behavior can cause or exacerbate both mental illness and physical conditions like high blood pressure.

If a man or boy you care about acknowledges they are struggling or you are able to detect the signs of a problem, it’s crucial that you urge them to seek help. Mental and emotional health challenges can be successfully treated, and there is no shame in seeking help. For most, it takes more strength to confront mental illness than to pretend it doesn’t exist.

The Many Ways to Improve Wellness

In our busy world, it’s easy to get caught up in “to do” items and fail to take proper care of ourselves. Men, in particular, are known for putting off actions and activities designed to increase health and wellness. So, during Men’s Health Week, and all year long, it’s important to providing loving reminders to men and boys to:

  • Eat a healthy diet
  • Get plenty of exercise
  • Eliminate unhealthy habits like smoking or excessive drinking
  • Enjoy some leisure time every day
  • Maintain strong ties with family and friends, and get together often
  • Learn about and be aware of the signs of chronic illnesses like heart disease and diabetes
  • Express their emotions
  • Read good books or magazines about health

At Community Reach Center, we’re proud to play a role in helping to keep men and boys happy and healthy. And if you have concerns about your mental health or a loved one, we are happy to talk with you and help with any counseling services at or by phone at 303-853-3500. We have centers in the northside Denver metro area including the cities of Thornton, Westminster, Northglenn, Commerce City and Brighton.

Leading Denver Mental Health Center Says Enjoying ‘Recess’ Helps You Stay Centered

Colleagues walking outside

To say that the world today can be hectic or chaotic at times would be an understatement. Unfortunately, many adults have lost touch with one of the best tools for achieving or maintaining a sense of calmness and of being “centered.” That tool is play. Like adults, children face a number of stressors in their lives. They naturally turn to play as a way to release tension and temporarily free their mind of worries and concerns. However, since our adult daily lives are so consumed with work, family responsibilities and obligations that others rely on us to handle, making time for play isn’t as reflexive for adults as it is for children. Therefore, we need to make intentional choices to incorporate play into our routines.

The Many Benefits of Play

Ask any child what the best part of their school day is and they will almost certainly say, “Recess!” Whether you can work it into your schedule regularly or on an “as time permits” basis, taking a recess can be something that you, too, eagerly anticipate and from which you derive a variety of benefits, including:

  • Stress relief. True childlike play, away from your work, laptop and smartphone, can be an excellent way to shed your mental and emotional burdens for a few minutes.
  • Improved cognitive function and creativity. Adults who engage in playful activities often find that they have the unintended benefit of helping them think more clearly and creatively at work and elsewhere.
  • Increased energy. Even a brief midday play session can have a very positive impact on your energy level when you turn your attention to afternoon tasks.
  • Improved relationships. Nothing helps build or repair relationships like sharing laughs while playing games or enjoying adventures with one another.
  • Emotional healing. Not only is play a great way to relieve stress, it can help you release and move beyond emotional pains.
  • Improved teamwork. Many playful activities involve teamwork, a skill that can be diminished or lost for adults in our competitive culture. Reconnecting with the joy of shared victory can have a positive impact on many areas of life.

The Five-Minute Recess

Getting away from your tasks and your To Do list for 30-minutes or more can be very invigorating. However, when that’s not possible, even five minutes of “play” can be helpful. Having some interesting and engaging toys close at hand in your work environment (whether that is outside the home or at home) and allowing yourself to become completely engrossed in them for a few minutes here and there is a healthy habit to develop.

We know that play can certainly be a centering influence. Please keep it in mind. And if you have concerns about your mental health or a loved one, we are happy to talk with you and help with any counseling services. Get more information on our metro Denver mental health centers at or by phone at 303-853-3500. We have centers in the northside Denver metro area including the cities of Thornton, Westminster, Northglenn, Commerce City and Brighton.

PTSD and secondary trauma

Post -Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, is often thought of as condition experienced by those who have served in military combat. Some terms in the past included battle fatigue, soldier’s heart and shell shock. But PTSD is experienced broadly in all walks of like. This mental health condition can develop in anyone who has experienced  or witnessed a life-threatening event, such as a natural disaster, a car accident, sexual assault or other crime involving violence.

 Most people gradually return to normal after a traumatic experience. After an extreme event, it seems typical for people to experience upsetting memories or to feel on edge for a while. However, when symptoms persist for several months – affecting normal day-to-day living – and continue to reoccur, it could be PTSD.


Symptomatic concern is identified when disturbing thoughts, emotions and dreams continue for months after an event or even emerge long after an event. Often the affected person may attempt to avoid trauma-related triggers, such as places and situations that prompt memories. The person will also often avoid trauma-related thoughts and emotions, as well as discussion of the disturbing event.

Other symptoms involve unwelcome memories, often called flashbacks, in which events are relived. These can be triggered by anything that reminds the person on an event, such as a news report of a natural disaster or a loud noise that is similar to gunfire. These unwelcome memories can come in the form of a dream.

Another symptom is an overall mood change. After a traumatic event, an affected person might be sad or numb, and unable to enjoy everyday life, such as spending time with friends. The person may be less trusting of others. Another common symptom is hyperarousal, such as having trouble relaxing and instead being geared up or jittery much of the time.

With proper treatment, recovery from PTSD is highly possible. Actually, the term Post Traumatic Stress Injury is sometimes preferred by professionals rather than Post Traumatic Stress Disorder because it suggests that people can heal with treatment, while a “disorder” can imply that something is permanently wrong.  It is also important to not assume that most members of the military will develop PTSD, as  the majority of those who experience or witness traumatic events during their stint in the armed forces are able to manage the experience relatively well and don’t develop trauma related mental health conditions.

Secondary trauma

We know that someone experiencing significant PTSD symptoms should be treated. At the same time, someone who knows the affected person or experiences the trauma from a distance may need treatment as well. While the spouse of someone who has returned from military combat comes to mind for secondary trauma, it is important to remember other possibilities. For example, when a family loses a home in a natural disaster, the children may experience secondary trauma, due to the stress and instability of an affected caregiver. A child can also experience secondary trauma when witnessing verbal or physical abuse.

If you or someone you know is struggling with the impacts of trauma, please consider our mental health services, contact us online at or by phone at 303-853-3500 Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.. We have centers in the northside Denver metro area of Adams County including the cities of Thornton, Westminster, Northglenn, Commerce City and Brighton.

A Time For Moms

Teaming up to wash Mom's car for Mother's Day.

Being a mother and being busy are synonymous. Mothers have things they have always wanted to do, things they would enjoy doing when they find the time. Some moms have a “get-round-to-it” list, which may be written down or not. The list usually has some chores or projects, which constantly filter into the lives of moms. But whether the list is called a bucket list or something else, it’s important because it may be a mix of fun and items also related to all-important wellness.

First let’s look at the fun things.

‘Team family’ in Action

With Mother’s Day this month, it is a great time for family members to ask mom what she likes to do. “Team family” needs to be ready. Who knows what she will say? Perhaps it means watching movies all day. Perhaps sitting outside and tasting samples from a favorite bakery. Perhaps it means planting the gardens with flowers, vegetables and herbs. Perhaps it means looking through scrapbooks, talking about childhood and telling stories.

And since we live in Colorado, maybe it is having someone give the family a lift to Vail Pass with bikes so it can enjoy an all-downhill family bike ride to Breckenridge, followed by lunch.

Regardless, the aim is to make it fun for mom. However, as we know moms are always on duty, always wanting to get things done. So maybe she just wants breakfast in bed topped off with the family washing her car. Heck, she just plain loves to have her car washed and save those car wash dollars. And moms love handmade. Show your skills – or at least your love – by making a handmade card.

And of course you can think about what mom enjoys and surprise her. In some families, surprises are expected. Taking some notes throughout the year is really helpful for the most amazing ideas to come together on Mother’s Day. When the family hits the mark, it is richly rewarding all around.

Chores, Chores, Chores

Look to make the most of Mother’s Day, just as mom looks to make the most of everyday. While you may key on completing some chores as a gift, take another step and ask yourself: Is there more that can be done by the rest of the family on the chore chart? What is standing in the way of mom doing some of the things on her get-round-to-it list?

And think of this in terms of time. If mom cooks every night, take a night off her plate, no pun intended. Don’t try to be flashy, just choose some familiar recipes and start chopping. If she has expressed frustration that things keep coming up, and she cannot find time to get to the gym, then give her the choice to add a specific weekly “mom’s day”, in which she leaves a list of chores and departs to have some quality life –balance time.

Drill down and ask these questions: What can I do to help mom achieve the balance she is looking for? What can I do to help her find the time to do things important to her? Does she need space to set up her activities? Does she need time blocked off just for her? Does she need the family to be willing to change habits – dietary or otherwise?

You get the picture. And if you find yourself really revved into the “team family” mode, an excellent book for the whole family is “The Three Big Questions for a Frantic Family,” by Patrick Lencioni. The book starts with identifying what makes your family unique. From there, the family focuses on what is important in order to thrive. It is a fun, quick read and suited for all family members with a middle-school reading level.

Remember, It’s Okay To Ask

And for mothers feeling overwhelmed day in and day out, remember it is okay to ask for help. It is okay to ask family members to help more with chores and other tasks. It is okay to ask family members to make tough choices for the good of the family.

For example, if family members do an amazing job keeping abreast of pop culture but the house is messy and the grades could be better, perhaps the screen time needs to be cut. And it is okay to ask colleagues to lighten the load at work now and then. The quest for balance involves the work world and the home front, and it’s important to make sure to urge your workplace to have the correct mindset on work-life balance.

More Information

Sometimes a few tips to find happiness can help, such as online links about habits for motherhood happiness or the array of blogs featured on our website. And remember we offer a variety of mental health programs and treatments. So if you are feeling anxiety or in need of our mental health services in any way, contact us online at or by phone at 303-853-3500 Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to learn more about our services. We have centers in the northside Denver metro area of Adams County including the cities of Thornton, Westminster, Northglenn, Commerce City and Brighton.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month with the Theme “Fitness #4Mind4Body”

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, also known as Mental Health Month. The observance was founded in 1949 by an organization called Mental Health America. Along with providers of mental health services around the U.S., Mental Health America shares the message that the issues around mental health and mental illness affect us all.

This year’s theme is “Fitness #4Mind4Body.” The idea is that mental health is affected by many physical factors including diet and nutrition, exercise, sleep and stress, and that positive changes can be made in all those areas.

Risk Factors for Mental Illness

Another of the important messages that is shared every year during Mental Health Awareness Month is that while mental illness can strike anyone, various factors increase a person’s risk. They include:

  • Genetics
  • Pregnancy and birth problems
  • Family history of mental illness
  • Family history of addiction
  • Personal history of abuse
  • Head trauma
  • Certain medical conditions including thyroid disorders
  • Lack of a support system
  • Low socioeconomic status
  • Dysfunctional family dynamics
  • Involvement in negative peer groups
  • Homelessness
  • Learning disorders
  • Smoking

Knowing what these risk factors are can be helpful in different ways. For risk factors that can be changed, awareness is the first step in turning them into protective factors (see below). For risk factors that can’t be changed, such as family history, the knowledge that a person is more disposed to developing mental illness can help family and friends be more alert to recommend or arrange for mental health services if mental illness does develop.

Protective Factors for Mental Health

During Mental Health Awareness Month, participating organizations emphasize the importance of factors that can help protect people from mental illness and promote mental health and wellness. They include:

  • Genetics
  • Presence of a support network
  • Willingness and opportunity to discuss problems with friends, family and mental health professionals
  • Strong ties with immediate and extended family
  • Healthy expectations for school/work performance and life in general
  • Involvement in positive peer groups
  • Involvement in community activities Good physical health habits
  • Positive influence from religious or spiritual traditions

The encouraging thing about protective factors is that most of them involve choice, which means they can be initiated or amplified to provide great protection from mental illness. They can also have a positive impact even after a mental illness has developed.

Ending the Stigma of Mental Illness

Another important benefit of Mental Health Awareness Month is that the attention it brings to mental health issues helps to end the stigma of mental illness. Informational campaigns throughout the month provide strategies for eliminating the feelings of shame too often associated with mental health issues, making it easier for everyone to talk about these conditions.

It will be better for the individuals experiencing mental illness, and society as a whole, when it is universally understood that mental illness is no different than physical illness. Both types of conditions have a mix of known and unknown causes, treatments that are more effective in some cases than in others and a wide range of potential outcomes. And, all physical and mental health challenges are improved by compassion.

If you are in need of our mental health services, contact us online at or by phone at 303-853-3500 Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to learn more about our services. We have centers in the northside Denver metro area of Adams County including the cities of Thornton, Westminster, Northglenn, Commerce City and Brighton.

Sounds of Self-help

The concept of self-help is a common topic in our blogs. Making time to relax, exercise and maintain a good diet with plenty of vegetables and fruit are central to self-help strategies. Our topic this week – listening to music – is one of the more subtle techniques for self-help and overall wellness.

Studies indicate that music can help manage stress and can be an important tool for recovery from depression and anxiety. And on a basic level, we know that music can be calming – as well as inspiring.

Nature and Music

The place to draw the line between music and the sounds of nature is debatable. Beautiful music is soothing, but so too are the sounds of nature. Smartphones and computers conveniently offer recordings of the shoreline waves, seagulls, rain, gentle breezes and so forth, such as Nature Sound. Of course, the sounds of birds in the spring are “music to our ears,” so for purposes of this article we’ll draw no line between sounds of nature and music.

Science and Music

Whether the sound of music brings a smile or makes people want to dance, research indicates during peak moments of music, the brain releases dopamine, a hormone linked to feelings of reward. So listening to songs, or extended classical pieces, can provide positive feelings as our bodies experience a physiological reaction to the music we love. Music can serve as a convenient, natural boost for positive feelings, so key to good mental health. Consider having some fun and making a handy playlist of favorites.

Making Music Together

Studies showing the scientific benefits of music are abundant, but another way that music syncs with self-help is in ensembles. Author Daniel Pink in his most recent book titled “When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing,” recommends joining a choir. While he writes about timing and making music, he also points to research that choral singing calms heart rates and boosts endorphin levels. Actually, participation in any type of groups – faith groups, exercise groups, support groups related to specific conditions and so forth – can provide benefit for people experiencing anxiety and depression.

Self-help and Professional Help

Numerous other self-help strategies are highlighted in our Mental Health First Aid courses we offer to the community. And please be mindful to consider professional help for an identified mental illness. The American Psychiatric Association describes a mental disorder or mental illness as a diagnosable illness that affects a person’s thinking, emotional state, and behavior, as well as disrupts the person’s ability to work or carry out other daily activities and engage in satisfying personal relationships.

So with this definition in mind, please consider professional help if needed as well. Guidance and support from a skilled counselor can be an important resource in your efforts to secure good mental health. Contact our mental health center online at or by phone at 303-853-3500 Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to learn more about our services. We have centers in the northside Denver metro area of Adams County including the cities of Thornton, Westminster, Northglenn, Commerce City and Brighton.

How Exercise Helps You Stay Centered

There are many definitions of what it means to be “centered,” but most contain elements of feeling calm, relaxed and confident. In general, it is a very positive state that can help us get the most out of good times and better navigate challenging times. So that’s what the term means, but as we tell people at our mental health center, there are as many ways to achieve that state as there are ways to talk about. One that many people find particularly helpful is exercise.

Your Unique Workout

The first thing to point out in talking about the mental health benefits of exercise is that every person’s “workout” is different. The type and amount of exercise that someone in their 20s can perform is probably much different than someone in their 60s. The point is that you don’t have to run 10 miles to achieve a more centered state. As long as you are moving to whatever degree your age and fitness level allow, exercise will be helpful.

How a Good Workout Can Change Your Perspective

Everyone from psychologists to physicians to exercise physiologists have studied the effect that a good workout has on the body, and there is agreement across the board: exercise can help you keep both your positive and negative experiences in perspective. Here are just some of the ways:

Elevated mood

Being centered doesn’t necessarily mean being happy. But, taking steps (literally) to support a more positive mood can help keep negative emotions from throwing you off balance. And the benefit is fairly immediate. Often within 10 minutes after moderate exercise, you will feel a lift.

Improved cognitive function

It can feel very jarring to realize you’ve forgotten something important like an appointment, a person’s name, etc. Exercise has been shown to help keep the brain healthy by preventing or slowing degeneration. The resulting confidence can leave a person feeling grounded and resilient.

Decreased fight-or-flight sensitivity

The physiological and emotional changes that take place when what’s known as our “fight-or-flight” reaction is triggered are normal. They evolved to help us challenge or flee threats. Some people have a heightened sensitivity to those changes that produce fear and anxiety. Regular exercise has been shown to reduce that sensitivity, allowing a person to be more alert as needed while still being calm and centered.

Increased self-esteem

The simple act of making a commitment to exercise regularly and then following through on that promise can be very rewarding. Whether you do a vigorous cross-training program or go for a daily walk around the block, sticking with it in good times and bad times can be a way of maintaining an important sense of control over your circumstances.

Take the First Step

One of the perplexing things about exercise is that even people who have experienced its many benefits can be reluctant to get started on any particular day. We know we’ll feel great when we finish a workout (and for hours or days after), but yet we drag our feet.

The best way—and sometimes the only way—to beat that sense of inertia is simply to start moving. For example, if you intend to go for a run, don’t envision the whole process, especially those first few minutes when your body is adjusting to the exertion. Just say to yourself, “I’m going to change into my running clothes right now.” Then, “I’m going to put on my shoes.” Before you know it, knocking off these easy initial steps has given you the momentum to head out the door.

Helping Denver-Area Residents Stay Centered

Guidance and support from a skilled counselor can be another important resource in your efforts to secure good mental health. Contact our mental health center online at or by phone at 303-853-3500 Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to learn more about our services. We have centers in the northside Denver metro area of Adams County including the cities of Thornton, Westminster, Northglenn, Commerce City and Brighton.

70th Annual World Health Day is April 7; Benefits of Health Homes

The vision of the World Health Organization (WHO) is that “all people should be able to realize their right to the highest possible level of health.” That includes both physical health care from a hospital or doctor’s office and mental health care from a mental health clinic.

As part of its mission, WHO sponsors World Health Day annually on April 7 to increase awareness about important health topics. This year’s theme is “Universal health coverage: everyone, everywhere.” By organizing and coordinating international, regional and local events, WHO will be sharing information and promoting the slogan “Health For All” and the #HealthForAll hashtag.

Some of the eye-opening details from its Universal Health Coverage Fact Sheet that WHO will be making people aware of include:

  • At least half of the world’s population still do not have full coverage of essential health services.
  • About 100 million people are still being pushed into “extreme poverty” (living on $1.90 or less a day) because they have to pay for health care.
  • Over 800 million people (almost 12 percent of the world’s population) spent at least 10 percent of their household budgets to pay for health care.
  • All UN Member States have agreed to try to achieve universal health coverage (UHC) by 2030, as part of the Sustainable Development Goals.

While many countries are making progress toward the goal of universal health care, it is important that all countries strive to increase the pace of change and also commit to maintaining improvements as they are made.

What is a Health Home?

One of the ways that healthcare can be improved is through the concept of what is called a “health home.” Not a location, a health home is a care model that emphasizes a holistic approach to health and wellness. The characteristics of a health home philosophy are that it is team-based, comprehensive, integrated across physical and mental healthcare disciplines, accessible and focused on safety and quality.

The health home philosophy is widely accepted and helps providers deliver excellent, comprehensive care that addresses all challenges that a person faces. In this way, situations are prevented where certain health issues are resolved but one or more lingering problems produces ongoing consequences and can even cause the return of issues previously resolved.

For example, consider a person who has both high blood pressure and anxiety. Having a physician treat the high blood pressure but leave the anxiety unchecked does not provide the best possible outcome. In fact, while treating the physical causes of the high blood pressure might resolve it somewhat, the untreated mental health issue can continue to promote hypertension. With the health home approach, both conditions are addressed, which tends to produce better outcomes in both cases.

CRC and the Health Home Model

Community Reach Center embraces the health home philosophy. In particular, the center has a health clinic inside the Commerce City mental health center. This makes it easier for patients to see the appropriate care providers if they face multiple physical and/or mental health challenges.

However, a health home model can be used even across facilities in different locations. For example, patients at our Mountainland Pediatrics office in Thornton can have their physical needs addressed at that location and integrate treatment for mental or emotional health issues at one of our other sites. The end result is the same: comprehensive and attentive whole-person care.

Contact Us to Learn More

If you have questions about our mental health clinic or our health home approach, contact us online at or by phone at 303-853-3500 Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. We have centers in the northside Denver metro area of Adams County including the cities of Thornton, Westminster, Northglenn, Commerce City and Brighton.

Mental health: A look at mild, moderate and severe depression

What is depression? Everyone has days that are not so great. We all have those cloudy days. We might say we are having the blues, but a depressive disorder is actually something different..

There are many types of depression, including: major depressive disorder, dysthymia, bipolar disorder, psychotic depression, seasonal affective disorder, postpartum depression, premenstrual dysphoric disorder, endogenous depression and catatonic depression.

Mild depression could be a short period of low spirits. Depression that lasts for many days is considered more severe, and in its most severe forms, can make people feel suicidal.

So let’s take a look at mild, moderate and severe depression.

Mild depression

Mild depression is more than just a blue day. It means symptoms can go on for days and can interfere with your routine. It involves one or more of these things: feelings of anger, hopelessness, guilt, despair, loss of interest in activities, lack of motivation, disinterest in socializing, physical aches and pains, sleepiness or fatigue, insomnia, appetite changes and reckless behaviors.

Lifestyle changes can help quite a bit at this level: such as exercise, better sleep, a balanced diet with lots of vegetables and fruits, yoga or mediation and activities that reduce stress, such as reading or listening to music.

Moderate depression

Mild and moderate depression share symptoms but involve more severity. Look for problems with concentration, reduced productivity, low self-worth, increased sensitivities and excessive worrying.

At this level, it is important to consider professional help. Consultation allows an opportunity to take a fuller look at the symptoms. Consultation with a primary doctor is one consideration. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) may be one solution, as well as medication, which generally takes about six weeks to bring results.

Severe depression

With severe depression, the signs are generally noticeable to friends and family. The symptoms for severe depression can last for months – an average of six months or longer. Although not common, people with major depression can also experience hallucinations, delusions and suicidal thoughts.

As with moderate depression, medications may be prescribed long with CBT and lifestyle changes.

Take action

As we teach in our Mental Health First Aid courses, early intervention is very important. Why? Because anyone who has one episode of depression is prone to subsequent episodes, which makes it very important to intervene to reduce the chances of repeated episodes.

If you or someone you know seems to be experiencing signs or symptoms of depression, it is time to consider seeking care. Remember, if you have questions about our mental health services, contact us online at or by phone at 303-853-3500 Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. We have centers in the northside Denver metro area of Adams County including the cities of Thornton, Westminster, Northglenn, Commerce City and Brighton.