Colorado is experiencing a mental and behavioral health care crisis.
We lag behind many other states in the nation when it comes to key mental and behavioral health care indicators. We consistently rank in the top ten states for suicide, opioid addiction, and alcoholism. This crisis is further exacerbated by the fact that many of our our rural communities do not have adequate access to mental and behavioral health treatment. 82% of Colorado’s psychologists are located in the Denver metro and Colorado Springs and 12 counties don’t have a single licensed psychologist.
An Issue of Interest
In Colorado, we frequently throw mental health patients in jail, despite committing no offense, when there is no available space at a care facility. We now have a real opportunity to end this practice and make a number of other significant strides to connect Coloradans with the mental health care they need. By passing a series of bills in the state legislature that sprouted from a recent mental health task force, we can save and improve lives. Read more –>
Sign our petition urging Governor Hickenlooper to actively usher these task force recommendations into law.
In August, Healthier Colorado walked 156 miles from three rural communities to the nearest available mental health treatment center to raise awareness about how far residents in rural areas must travel in order to access treatment. Healthier Colorado staff and our volunteers walked from Cañon City to Pueblo, Parachute to Grand Junction, and Cortez to Durango over the course of two days. This aerial footage covers of one of our walks from Cañon City to Pueblo.