Once dead last in mental health metrics, Colorado experts search for lifelines
April 5, 2023
By: Jeanne Davant
The signs of mental illness are all around us, but often they’re scars we choose not to see. It’s the person sitting beside the creek, talking to himself. The single mother, unable to hold a job, who lives in her car.
It’s the teenager who becomes a suicide statistic, but it’s also a hidden disease. It’s your co-worker who puts on a game face but secretly, silently suffers.
Colorado ranked dead last in the 2022 Mental Health America report on prevalence of adult mental illness and mental health services — 51st among the 50 states and District of Columbia. We’re doing better when it comes to youth mental health and services — Colorado ranks 13th. But we also have high rates of suicide.