The Time Change, Seasonal Depression, and How Colorado Crisis Services Can Help

time change fall 2016Daylight saving time came to an end on Sunday, November 6. Did you know that turning the clock back by one hour might affect a person’s sleep patterns and hormone levels? This may also trigger Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), a type of depression that’s related to changes in seasons that usually takes place in late fall and winter. To help people cope with this or any crisis they are facing, Colorado Crisis Services offers support. Resources include:

  • The Colorado Crisis Services Line, 1-844-493-TALK (8255): This toll-free line is available 24/7, 365 days a year for anyone affected by a mental health, substance use or emotional crisis. All calls are connected to a mental health professional that will provide immediate support and connections to further resources. This resource provides interpretation services in more than 100 languages, including Spanish.
  • Chat Crisis Service: Available at, this service allows users to chat online with Masters level crisis clinicians or chat specialists to receive emotional support, crisis intervention and suicide assessments. This chat feature is available seven days a week from 4 p.m. to midnight.
  • Text Crisis Service: Available 24/7, seven days a week, this text service is the latest resource for individuals needing mental health, substance abuse or emotional help. Anyone can text the word TALK to 38255 from anywhere in Colorado about any crisis and text with a Masters level crisis text counselor.
  • In-person Services: Individuals can access in-person services through 24-hour walk-in crisis locations, mobile response teams and respite care facilities throughout the state. A list of the walk-in crisis center locations can be found at

Colorado Crisis Services is designed to be a single point of entry for any individual experiencing an emotional crisis. No matter the crisis, the place or the time of day, Colorado Crisis Services is available to help individuals all year long.

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