Katie’s Story

“If my parents didn’t have the resources to help me when insurance couldn’t, I would have died a long time ago. And that happens every day…”

Katie spent 10 years in and out of addiction starting at age 14. She felt shame for her depression, like a burden on her family. This led to self-harm and ultimately a suicide attempt. Katie ran into various barriers to getting treatment and navigating the insurance system. She had constant denials of care, which she had to appeal, for services that legally should have been offered. Mental Health Colorado is leading the fight for mental health parity—ensuring all Coloradans get the mental health and substance use care they need. Katie is thriving today because she got the care she needed.


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More than 500,000 Coloradans lack the mental health care they need. You can change that. For more than 60 years, Mental Health Colorado has led the charge in promoting mental health, ending stigma, and ensuring equitable access to mental health and substance use services. It’s life-changing work. Your contribution makes it possible.

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