Often celebrated as the healthiest state in the country, Colorado is actually one of the unhealthiest when it comes to mental health.


An estimated 400,000 people in Colorado suffer from a mental illness but cannot get the care they need due to a systemic lack of funding, a deep shortage of mental health professionals, and what some say is a lack of will by lawmakers and insurers to improve the system.

This year at The Gazette, a team of reporters will be shining a light on the mental health care crisis in Colorado.


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A recent national report ranks Colorado among the worst states in the nation in the prevalence of mental health and substance use disorders.

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This is the first in a yearlong series of stories about Colorado’s broken mental health care system. It’s estimated that about 20% of Colorado…

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More than 4,000 Colorado children each year have an ongoing behavioral health condition or serious emotional disturbance that requires either …

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Mentally ill people are wasting away in Colorado jails and crowding the state’s prisons, paving the way for disasters by making correctional w…

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Stigma continues to be the first barrier for many of those struggling with mental health issues. And while seeking help is the first step; fin…

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