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What’d I Miss?: Hoping for change, but without changing

Opinion

Youth mental health was front and center in Colorado’s legislative session. But the work is only a “down payment.”

Lawmakers set aside at least $30 million specifically for youth mental health, an amount that increased in the 11th hour of the lawmaking term after Children’s Hospital Colorado declared a state of emergency

Health

Coronavirus lockdowns in prisons test limits of Colorado’s rules on solitary confinement

To slow the spread of COVID-19, the Colorado Department of Corrections isolated inmates in single-person cells, sometimes for weeks or months. The state says people should be in solitary for no more than 15 days.

Crime and Courts

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

Children’s Hospital Colorado declares mental health state of emergency as suicide attempts rise

Suicide attempts are rising and emergency room visits for mental health crises were up 90% last month. Mental health experts are asking for help.

Health

The deadly consequences when kids run away from Colorado residential treatment centers

So many children run away from residential treatment centers in Colorado that police departments are overwhelmed by the calls. Two kids have died.

Sun Investigation

Opinion: Mental health can be a powerful concern in Colorado’s mountains

The mountain West has earned the morbid nickname of “the suicide belt” because our rate of suicide is drastically higher than the national average.

Opinion Columns

Two-thirds of farmers said the pandemic impacted their mental health. But providers are underfunded and underequipped.

The stigma of acknowledging the need for mental health care can prevent people from seeking it.

Health

Colorado is on track to give teens three free therapy sessions to help them cope with coronavirus

House Bill 1258 sets aside $9 million for the historic effort that would be available for Coloradans 18 and under through June 2022

Health

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

8 ways to handle the anxiety that follows public violence all too familiar in Colorado

The Boulder shooting is another traumatic event in a state that’s seen far too many. Psychiatrist Dr. Carl Clark and Mental Health Center of Denver offer ideas for coping.

Health

Coronavirus is straining Colorado kids’ mental health. The state hopes free counseling sessions will help.

Two plans have been floated to address increased instances of depression, anxiety and suicide attempts among school-age children and, in some cases, their teachers.

Education

Should every Colorado kid get a mental health exam after enduring coronavirus? It won’t be easy.

Rep. Dafna Michaelson Jenet, a Commerce City Democrat, isn’t sure how to accomplish the logistics, but she thinks her idea is a matter of school safety and statewide health

Education

Opinion: Biden’s conversation about improving health care should include mental health

Reimbursement of clinical social workers would free up physicians from being overburdened by mental health-related visits, allowing them to focus on COVID-19.

Opinion Columns

Opinion: After a year of “missing,” summer camps can provide a place for kids to heal and thrive

Being in nature supports a connection to others and to something that is bigger than oneself.

Opinion Columns

What’d I Miss?: Lights, camera, “No Reason to Shoot”

Opinion

As demand for mental health care spikes in the West, budget ax is set to strike

Some cuts to Colorado's mental health budgets have been restored, but providers still are worried.

Health

Opinion: Reinstating pollution restrictions will benefit mental health, too

If safeguards are not reinstated — and, ideally, tightened — we risk repeating horrors we’ve already seen when oversight is eliminated or compromised.

Opinion Columns

Tired of being muted, Colorado kids are starting their own conversations on mental health and racial justice

60 high schoolers statewide are researching the root problems of each issue and sharing their own experiences. They’re inviting adults to listen.

Education

On Edge: After wanting to die, an Aurora teen is now learning to live

Navee Essien is speaking out – with support from her mother and therapist – partly because she grew up fighting for the mentally ill, and partly because she thinks her story might help.

Health
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