A new ambulance is now driving around the Denver metro area, but it has no intention of picking up emergency patients. Instead, this repurposed, retired ambulance will be taking care of people in a different way.
The ambulance has been transformed into a mobile mental health clinic run by Joy as Resistance, a nonprofit organization that focuses on LGBTQ+ youth through mental health and wellness services. Those services include partnering with schools and other nonprofits, a mentorship program and individual and group mental health sessions. This old ambulance will now host some of those sessions.
Through a grant from The Colorado Trust, a health equity foundation, Donnelly’s organization was able to buy the retired ambulance and transform it into a mobile mental health clinic.
The future isn’t set in stone for this mobile clinic. For now, Donnelly and the other clinician will use it with their current clients to meet them where they are. Most importantly, Donnelly wants young people to know there is someone here to listen to them.
Read more at ColoradoSun.com.