We are a coalition made up of diverse organizations located throughout the state of Colorado, who all share a common goal of destigmatizing mental illness in Colorado and advancing quick and easy patient access to medication. We believe that mental illness, or brain health, should be given the same priority as physical health and illnesses. Those struggling with their mental health should not be forced to navigate confusing and time consuming bureaucratic processes in order to get the treatment and medication they desperately need.
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.
Nearly one in four Colorado adults have a mental illness.
5% of Colorado adults report having had serious thoughts of suicide in the past year.
15% of Colorado youth had at least one major depressive episode in the past year.
Nearly one in ten Colorado youth had a severe depressive episode in the past year.
53% of Colorado adults with a mental illness do not receive treatment for it.
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.
40% of Colorado youth suffering from a major depressive episode did not receive treatment.
In Colorado, there are 270 mentally ill patients for each mental health provider.