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.
Follow the coverage here.
A recent national report ranks Colorado among the worst states in the nation in the prevalence of mental health and substance use disorders.
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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In a state notorious for its fractured approach to mental health care, police and first responders are increasingly left to shoulder the load.
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