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The lack of mental health resources in rural Colorado and the rate of suicide in rural areas has prompted a partnership between the state’s Department of Agriculture and the Department of Human Services to promote Colorado Crisis Services.
Colorado Crisis Services is a statewide behavioral health crisis response system that offers mental health, substance use or emotional crisis support, information and referrals via telephone (voice or text) or walk-in locations (limited to the Eastern Slope).
The service is free and confidential, and connects callers with crisis counselors and peer specialists to speak with Colorado residents who are struggling with depression, anxiety, substance abuse, suicidal thoughts, stress, bullying, family crisis, financial pressures, relationship challenges, and more.
According to a press release from the Colorado Department of Human Services, the rate of suicide per 100,000 people in urban areas was 22.1. In rural areas the rate was 27.7.
If you or someone you know is in crisis or needs help dealing with one, call the Colorado Crisis Services toll-free number 1-844-493-TALK (8255) or text TALK to 38255 for free, confidential, 24/7 counseling support.