Putting Brain Health patients in Colorado first

With a common goal of destigmatizing mental illness in Colorado and advancing quick and easy patient access to medication, Brain Health Colorado is a coalition of diverse organizations located throughout the state of Colorado.

Why Colorado?

Of the 50 states and District of Columbia, Colorado is ranked 45 by Mental Health America in adult mental health care, meaning that Colorado adults have some of the highest prevalence of mental illness in the country and lowest access-to-care rates.

 

Major Depressive Episode

15% of Colorado youth had at least one major depressive episode in the past year.

Mental Health Treatment

53% of Colorado adults with a mental illness do not receive treatment for it.

Disconnect Between Health Systems

31% of Colorado adults reported they were not able to receive the treatment they needed, due to factors such as lack of insurance coverage, shortfall in psychiatrists, lack of available treatment types, disconnect between primary care systems and behavioral health systems, and insufficient finances to cover costs.

High Rate of Mental Health & Substance Abuse

Colorado is ranked 45th out of the 50 states and D.C. in mental illness prevalence among adults, indicating a very high rate of mental health and substance abuse disorders.

Latest News

988 crisis line expanding access to mental health supports

988 is the new 3-digit number to call or text with the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Rocky Mountain Crisis Partners which manages the call response program in Colorado wants to expand its mission to support anyone experiencing mental health distress. More than...

Denver launches campaign against mental health stigma

Denver is seeking to eliminate the social stigma around mental health conditions with a new public health campaign. The “What You Say Matters” campaign, which The Denver Department of Public Health and Environment launched on Thursday, aims to encourage Denverites to...

Do You Look After Your Neighbors as Close as Your Crop or Herd?

Aching from a string of farmer suicides and other rural mental health challenges, neighbors in eastern Colorado are learning how to check in on one another. While the idea of informal mental health support is far from new, the need in eastern Colorado was pressing. In...

Resources

Mental illness is a serious issue in Colorado. Please get in touch with one of the resources below if you are struggling. If you are having a mental crisis and an immediate risk to yourself or others, please dial 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: Dial 988

Veterans Crisis Line: Dial 988 and then Option 1

Colorado Crisis Services: 1-844-493-TALK (8255) or text “TALK” to 38255