Supporting the mental health of those in rural communities

Those that live in rural communities in Colorado face unique challenges when trying to receive treatment for mental health conditions including barriers to access care.

We talked with several experts on Facebook Live about resources for rural communities including Kate Greenberg the Commissioner for the Colorado Department of Agriculture, Michelle Barnes the Executive Director for the Colorado Department of Human Services, Teah Miller Director of Crisis Services for Health Solutions, Dr. Fred Washburn a professor at Regis University in the Division of Counseling and Family Therapy, Jacob Walter a Rancher from Trinidad, and 9Health Expert, Dr. Payal Kohli.

9Health is providing mental health support for those in rural communities thanks to Regis University.

If you feel you or a loved one needs to talk to someone, contact Colorado Crisis Services by calling 1-844-493-8255 or texting “TALK” to 38255 for free, confidential, 24/7 support. 

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

If you have a health question you can talk to a medical professional through our 9Health Neighbors Program by calling 303-698-4455, ext. 2005. Leave a message and a 9Health Medical Volunteer will call you back within 24 hours.

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. during 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.