Promoting Mental Wellness

We invest in solutions that cultivate resilience and prevent the onset of mental health problems. By focusing on early intervention programs, we are working to help prevent or buffer mental illness. Why mental wellness >

Focus Areas

Early childhood mental wellness: Invest in early childhood mental wellness programs that cultivate resilience and prevent the onset of mental health problems.

Improve systems: Support policies and “proof of concept” programs addressing deficiencies in the mental health system.

Change perceptions: We want people to think of mental health and illness the same way they think of physical health and illness.



Grant Highlights

$1.47 Million to Support Home Visitation Programs

Grantmaking Highlights - Mental WellnessHome visitation programs give struggling parents the tools and support they need to raise emotionally healthy children. Yet the professionals who provide these services are often at risk for burnout and second-hand trauma. To strengthen their resiliency and minimize turnover, Community First Foundation is granting $1.47 million for the workforce development of six nonprofits providing home visitation services. The grants, delivered over a period of three years, address our focus area of improving systems for mental wellness, and ensure our community’s families receive the best in evidence-based care.

Proven Program Improves Early Childhood Development

Community First Foundation is funding the expansion of a Community First Foundation is funding the expansion of a powerful, proven 
program. Called The Incredible Years, the program improves the emotional
 and social health of children between three and five years old. The program
 tackles the most influential forces in a child’s early years: parents, teachers and the child’s own behaviors. Parents learn positive parenting skills, teachers are trained in classroom behavior management and the children themselves learn how to regulate their emotions and succeed in school. The nonprofit Invest in Kids is leading the implementation of The Incredible Years at 61 sites in the Denver area.

Improving Early Childhood Development by Addressing Pregnancy-Related Depression

Pregnancy-related depression is the most common complication of pregnancy. Surprisingly, it is also one of the most underdiagnosed.

This illness can have a dramatic effect on a child’s emotional development, impairing mother-infant bonding and a child’s ability to learn. More than one in ten women in Colorado suffers from symptoms, yet fewer than half receive treatment according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

Community First Foundation is funding Assuring Better Child Health and Development (ABCD) Colorado, a Denver-based nonprofit addressing development delays in early childhood, to help health care providers support new moms. ABCD Colorado is working to identify gaps in the screening and referral process. The aim is to increase identification of women with pregnancy-related depression and help them connect to appropriate resources in their communities.

The Foundation’s focus on pregnancy-related depression is a true two-generation approach. Helping moms access help will have a lasting effect on their life and the life of their developing child. If you or someone you know is suffering from pregnancy-related depression or anxiety, you can find available resources online at

LAUNCH Together:
Local Funders Team Up to Support Mental Health of Young Coloradans

Community First Foundation and seven local funders have joined forces to give young Coloradans a better shot at happy, healthy lives. We know mental health is shaped early in life along with the developing brain. Sustained, adverse experiences during this time can have lifelong consequences, such as poor health, difficulty learning, homelessness and more.

View Larger Launch Together ImageThat is why the funders have pooled $11.2 million and created LAUNCH Together. Based on a successful federal program, this initiative will help local communities incorporate mental health screening and treatment into services that already support young children. Pediatricians, childcare providers, school administrators, educators and others will be tasked with coordinating their services to ensure the needs of vulnerable young children don’t fall through the cracks.

Several Colorado communities will receive grants to implement LAUNCH Together and focus on five proven strategies: 1) integrating behavioral health into primary care, 2) providing mental health consultations in early childcare and educational settings, 3) enhancing home visitation services, 4) educating parents and strengthening families, and 5) screening and assessment.

LAUNCH Together funding partners are comprised of The Ben and Lucy Ana Walton Fund of the Walton Family Foundation, Buell Foundation, Caring for Colorado Foundation, Community First Foundation, The Colorado Health Foundation, Kaiser Permanente Colorado, The Piton Foundation at Gary Community Investments and Rose Community Foundation.