Reaching out to Colorado Crisis Services for help

It’s Mental Health Awareness Month and we have talked about Colorado Crisis Services several times. What is it exactly and what happens when you reach out for help?

Colorado Crisis Services is a statewide crisis line for mental health, substance use, or emotional crisis help, information, and referrals. Formed in partnership with the Colorado Department of Human Services, the goal of the crisis line is to provide greater access to mental health services across the state so Coloradans can get what they need when they need it most.

You can call or text the line for yourself or for someone else. If you or someone you know is struggling and needs help, contact Colorado Crisis Services by calling 1-844-493-8255 or texting “TALK” to 38255 for free, confidential, 24/7 support. You can visit their website for more: https://coloradocrisisservices.org/. All calls are connected to a mental health professional who will provide immediate support and resources.

We talked to several experts on Facebook Live including Camille Harding the Division Director for Community Behavioral Health, Bev Marquez the CEO of Rocky Mountain Crisis Partners, Jennifer Wallace the Administrative Director for North Range Behavioral Health, and 9Health Expert, Dr. Payal Kohli. Watch the segment below.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Colorado Crisis Services has seen a record number of calls. The state says that in March alone, the crisis line received 20,000 calls, texts and chat requests for mental health services, up 47% compared to March 2019. In April, that number dipped a bit to 17,772. Click here to read the full story on 9NEWS.com.

9Health also offers free, anonymous, online mental health screenings for adults. Click here to be screened for anxiety and depression.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month and all month we are working with the Colorado Department of Human Services, Office of Behavioral Health, to host Facebook Live segments and connect you to mental health experts. Watch live on Facebook every Tuesday and Thursday at 11:00 a.m. in May and come ask your questions.

Find all the segments we did for Mental Health Awareness Month on our blog or in our 9Health Video Gallery under mental health.