Posted inHealth, News, Politics and Government

Colorado’s governor funds new programs to add more youth psychiatric beds amid mental health crisis

Colorado’s youth mental health crisis has reached worst-yet status, as evidenced by recent outcries from the health care, child welfare and juvenile corrections systems. A recap of the just the past few months:  Nearly every district attorney in the state signed a letter saying there are no beds for kids in distress who’ve been arrested […]

Posted inOpinion, Opinion Columns

Opinion: Medical professionals agree we should protect students’ health this fall. We don’t agree on how.

As a community pediatrician and parent of three school-aged children, I can tell you that not all pediatric medical providers agree with the recent letter sent to Gov. Jared Polis and leaders of the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment by the Colorado Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics in collaboration with state […]

Posted inColoradans, Education, Health, News

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

Navee Essien has grown up keenly aware of her gifts. More times than she can count, people have reminded the senior at Aurora’s Rangeview High how fortunate she is to have a close family and strong support system, academic and athletic talent, ease making friends, and the kind of smarts, beauty and confidence that make […]

Posted inColoradans, COVID, Health, Politics and Government

On Edge: In the wake of furloughs, closings, suicides, a Breckenridge businessman searches for balance

Dick Carleton came to Breckenridge from Virginia when he was 24. He had a business degree from Virginia Tech, a ‘69 Volkwagen bug, $100 and three friends willing to share a crappy two-bedroom condo with no insulation. It was awful. It was glorious. He was “full of rebel spirit” in a town of kindreds and […]

Posted inColoradans, COVID, Health, News

Coronavirus-related calls are dominating Colorado’s mental health crisis hotline

About 60% of calls to Colorado’s crisis hotline this month had the same theme: the new coronavirus. Callers are isolated and anxious. Some are stressed because the pandemic cost them their jobs or reduced their income. Others are overwhelmed by spending whole days with their families and helping kids with online school. And some are […]