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 is shining a light on the mental health care crisis in Colorado. Gazette journalists are investigating the gaps in care for children, for veterans, for the community at large. We’re focusing on possible solutions as state officials and community leaders sharpen their focus on what for many is a vicious cycle of despair and ruin.
Follow the coverage here.
“Pray harder,” Tracy Monteith heard from fellow church-goers, including her husband, a fledgling pastor, when the darkness of depression kept …
Jails and penitentiaries across the country have become repositories for the mentally ill. Many, including El Paso County’s jail, have taken incremental steps to improve mental health care.
Public school districts statewide and in the Pikes Peak region need to hire thousands of counselors and other mental health professionals to m…
TULSA, Okla. — The door frame that Cathy Carter leans against is all that separates her from the fate suffered by her great aunt in the 1930's.
VAIL • In 2011, Amanda Precourt was living the dream in a glamorous Colorado ski town, enjoying an intense outdoor recreation lifestyle, socia…
Meighen Lovelace began seeing troubling signs when her younger daughter was only 1 year old: The girl was more aggressive than her older siste…
LARIMER COUNTY • Standing in tall grass off a country road, Commissioner Steve Johnson shows where voters have cleared the way for a $25 milli…
Athletes forced to leave their sports routinely battle depression and anxiety. It’s a crisis hidden beneath a facade of strength and drowned out by the roar of the crowds.
A new Colorado law that requires insurers to reimburse behavioral health care providers for mental conditions on par with compensation for phy…