Making gains on the mental health front

Two advocacy groups are highlighting the lack of mental and behavioral services in the state — especially in rural Colorado.

The issue is well understood among public health officials and mental health providers, but not so much among the general public, even though the impacts of this shortage are painfully obvious.

Mesa County, for example, faces a suicide rate that is consistently higher than the rest of the state and nearly triple the national rate. Statewide, the rate of fatal drug overdoses is well above the national average. Same with alcoholism and alcohol-related deaths. Read more…