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Mental Health Colorado

Mental Health Colorado
Mental Health Colorado

Opinion: While Colorado gets its mental-health act together, the village must step up

The scarcity of mental health care leaves many of us to our own devices

Opinion Columns

A mental health hold can help Coloradans in crisis. But for many who are seriously ill, that’s where the help stops.

Mental health advocates want to overhaul the state law for 72-hour involuntary holds. But helping people with serious mental illness will require a lot more than that.

Politics and Government

Colorado has half a billion dollars to fix its mental health system. But it won’t work without workers.

Community mental health centers across the state are more desperate for workers than ever. More than 1,090 jobs are vacant at 17 regional centers.

Health

Opinion: Another factor to keep in mind in Colorado’s oil and gas communities — healthy minds

We must have a larger community vision where we promote health and realize that how we are operating right now leads to chronic stress, depression and anxiety.

Opinion Columns

Opinion: The mental-health emergency facing Colorado’s children demands an emergency response

The mental health infrastructure in our nation and in Colorado is woefully underfunded and tragically underbuilt.

Opinion Columns

Rep. Amabile: Solitary confinement is tantamount to torture. Our bill would restrict it in Colorado’s jails.

Prolonged isolation behind bars is cruel, inhumane, degrading treatment and harmful to health.

Opinion Columns

On Edge: Heightened anxiety, depression are testing Colorado’s already-frayed safety nets

As coronavirus makes another virulent run through Colorado, a silent epidemic of mental health challenges is feeding on the anxiety and isolation of the pandemic.

Health

Mental health care in Colorado has gone virtual thanks to coronavirus. For some patients, it’s long overdue.

Community mental health clinics are still open during the pandemic, but therapists are meeting with clients in privacy-protected online sessions.

Coronavirus

Social distancing could drag on for months in Colorado. How will we stay sane?

Experts offer ways to meet the mental health challenges — and risks including abuse and neglect — of prolonged social isolation.

Coronavirus

For farmers in a mental health crisis, it’s often tough to seek help. A Colorado program aims to begin conversations.

Amid uncertainties over tariffs and declining income, suicides are increasing in Colorado and rates are higher in rural areas than in urban environments

Health

These five bills are designed to make Colorado schools safer. None touches on guns.

Colorado’s School Safety Committee pushed forward legislation that could better address students’ behavioral health needs. Lawmakers left guns out of the conversation largely for the sake of bipartisanship.

Education

Colorado’s trailblazing Safe2Tell system needs significant upgrades, lawmakers say

Police respond to suicidal teens instead of counselors under the current system, which is among the reasons leaders are looking to Utah for ideas on how to improve.

Politics and Government

No Colorado school districts meet federal safety standards for behavioral health staffing, investigation shows

A Colorado Sun investigation finds that despite clear connections between mental health and school shootings, far more funding goes to physical security measures

Sun Investigation

By law, mental health benefits are supposed to be as good as medical coverage. In practice, that’s not happening.

An effort to enforce the nation’s mental health parity laws is in the works in Colorado, where insurance companies pay mental health doctors 30 percent less than they pay other medical professionals

Health

The red flag bill again thrusts Colorado’s sheriffs into the gun debate — with legal questions, strong emotions and Facebook letters

More than a dozen county commissions have passed some type of resolution supporting Second Amendment rights, many of them declaring their counties “Second Amendment Sanctuaries"

Crime and Courts

Here’s how to get involved with suicide prevention, or find help

Health

New youth mental health initiative will promote statewide collaboration to prevent teen suicide

Colorado ranks 48th out of 50 states in its mental health services for children

Health