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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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: 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.