Mental illness: Using innovation to recognize and reach those in need

Matt Vogl
Matt Vogl

Mental health is a growing concern on campus and throughout our communities in Colorado and across the country. Today on CU on the Air, host Ken McConnellogue speaks with Matt Vogl, executive director at the National Mental Health Innovation Center at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus, about mental health among college students, how to recognize and reach out to those in need, reducing the stigma of illness and how technological advances are changing treatment options.

  • Is mental illness more severe now? Or are we just more aware? Both.
  • Suicide is on the rise, both on college campuses and in society. What should you look for?
  • If you’re concerned someone is considering suicide, be bold – ask them.
  • Preventing mental illness, helping people become resilient before they become ill is key to fighting the epidemic.
  • Compassionate discourse and reducing the stigma around mental illness.
  • Taking treatment off of the couch.
  • Introducing mental health curricula to business courses and beyond.
  • Training professors on what to look for, what to say and what not to say to students who are struggling.
  • Partnering with tech startups to bring mental health care more quickly to the people who need it.
  • Virtual reality to treat PTSD, anxiety, depression and violence.
  • The digital therapist of the future that’s out of this world, and why people might prefer it to talking to a human.
  • An algorithm that can tell if you’re depressed by the sound of your voice.
  • Vogl discusses his own struggles with mental health and how a neighbor saved his life.


2 thoughts on “Mental illness: Using innovation to recognize and reach those in need

  1. Thank you for including such a wonderful discussion of mental health and the National Behavioral Health Innovation Center in your podcast. Matt and his team are doing such great work. We must find new and better ways to reach individuals suffering from behavioral health conditions. We know from many years of research, that “one size” treatment does not fit all. Innovative and not-stigmatizing ways to reach and treat individuals suffering in silence is critical to the health of individuals and our society.

    I am the new Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Colorado School of Medicine-Anschutz Medical Campus and I want to make sure your group lists our Student Mental Health Clinic in your “resources” section online. Rachel Davis, MD is one of our outstanding physicians, psychiatrists and faculty members who is evaluating and treating students across our campus and managing a growing clinical team who are committed to insuring that our students receive the best of psychiatric care. Our outpatient clinic in the Department of Psychiatry is also an excellent place to receive clinical care. Please feel free to reach out to me, Dr. Davis ( or Alison Heru, MD ( who is our Vice Chair of Clinical Services and Initiatives in the Department of Psychiatry if you would like more information regarding these other resources for behavioral health care on the Anschutz Medical Campus.

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