Mental Health America recently reported some sad news: the state of Colorado ranked third-highest in terms of mental illness. A staggering 19.55% of Colorado residents suffer from some type of mental disorder. Making matters worse, seven counties of Colorado, (Baca, Bent, Conejos, Rio Grande, Las Animas, Costilla and Huerfano), consistently rank among the US counties with the highest rate of drug overdose deaths.
Fortunately, there’s help. No shortage of providers (or shortage of funds) should ever prevent you from getting the help you deserve. The following resources are free of charge, confidential, and available to all Colorado residents. Help yourself or someone you love today.
The National Mental Health Hotline
If you need to connect with a mental health specialist, call 1-866-903-3787 right now. A trained professional will take your call and assist you however she or he can. A world of resources is waiting for you. The hotline is available to all US residents and operates on a 24/7 basis.
Colorado Crisis Services
The Colorado Department of Human Services offers an in-state hotline for mental health crises. Call 1-844-493-8255 today to be connected with a specialist. The service has taken over a million calls to date.
NAMI Helpline & More
The National Alliance on Mental Illness provides a wealth of resources, including the NAMI Helpline, which can be reached by calling 1-800-950-6264 or by emailing email@example.com. Although the helpline is only available Monday through Friday from 10AM until 8PM EST, there is a 24/7 text-line available. Simply text ‘NAMI’ to 741-741 for assistance.