Mental Health Awareness Month – Resources in Colorado

May is Mental Health Awareness Month and throughout May 9Health will use Facebook Live to feature different mental health topics and connect you to resources in Colorado.

We talked to two different organizations that help fill the gap of mental health care in our state – Spark the Change Colorado and Rocky Mountain Crisis Partners.

Spark the Change Colorado, formally known as Metro Volunteers, is an organization that uses volunteers for service and engagement in communities across the state. For someone facing a mental health challenge, they can connect them with different resources across the state through their Pro Bono Mental Health Program, “We utilize volunteers who are licensed and insured therapists to meet the needs of uninsured or low-income Coloradans,” explains Kelly Groen, Director of the Pro Bono Mental Health Program.

Volunteers with the Pro Bono Mental Health Program at Spark the Change open their therapy and counseling practices to those in need of services. Spark the Change Colorado has a hotline you can call for help, and see if you qualify for services. Call 1-844-380-6355.

While Spark the Change Colorado can put you in touch with crisis resources, that number isn’t a crisis line. If you, or someone you love, is having thoughts of suicide, or in a crisis, you can reach Rocky Mountain Crisis Partners at 1-844-493-8255, text TALK to 38255, or you can chat with someone online by clicking here.

Rocky Mountain Crisis Partners (RMCP), previously Metro Crisis Services, was created in 2008 to provide at the moment crisis care and fill a unique void in mental health and substance abuse treatment. Many Coloradans say barriers to receiving care include cost and stigma and discrimination. RMCP works to, “Create a space to receive non-judgmental support while looking for resources says Allie Cairelli a Peer Support and Resource Directory Specialist with RMCP.

“We’re staffed by crisis intervention trained clinicians and triage specialists. They are there to support in the moment crisis whether that is someone thinking of suicide, someone experiencing a panic attack or something like that. They’re there to help them through it,” Cairelli adds.

In addition to the 24/7 crisis line, Rocky Mountain Crisis Partners also provides peer to peer support. Individuals who are in recovery use insight from their own experiences to help counsel and provide resources to those that need it.

RMCP is accredited with the American Association of Suicidology and is a proud provider of both the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and the National Problem Gambling Helpline and is nationally recognized as a leader in Crisis Work.

9Health recently partnered with Spark the Change Colorado and launched two free online mental health screeners. Click below to take the confidential screeners today:

Anxiety Screening

Depression Screening

For more on Rocky Mountain Crisis Partners, click here. For more on Spark the Change Colorado, including how to volunteer, click here.

9NEWS has also compiled an extensive resource list for Colorado, to see the full list, click here.