A State of Emergency
Colorado has been experiencing a crisis in youth mental health and suicide for years. Across the state, a trend of low-level anxiety and depression exacerbated by the isolation and stress of the pandemic have turned into suicide attempts. In May 2021, Children’s Hospital Colorado issued a ‘State of Emergency‘ on Youth Mental Health.
- Suicide is the leading cause of death for youth in Colorado.
- The top complaint being addressed in Children’s Colorado emergency rooms today is kids in a mental health crisis.
- Children’s Colorado has seen a 90% increase in demand for behavioral health treatment in the past two years.
From the Voice of Our Community
“I never thought I would reach 21, I consider the fact that I did to be a minor miracle. I have the National Suicide Hotline number saved in my phone because I need it. Everyone should have these resources and we need to coordinate them so every man, woman, and child can find and use them.”
– Sarah Hughes, Adams County Community Member, RMP Community Weaver
“Supporting the mental health and well-being of our youth and families is nothing new. Many healthcare providers have been doing this for years. What we’re seeing right now is a demand for mental health care that has been exacerbated by the pandemic. We have the opportunity to further come together as a region to get our youth and families connected to the support they need during this unprecedented time.”
–Whitney Gustin Connor, Executive Director with Kids First Health Care and Co-Champion for Health and Mental Health for the Rocky Mountain Partnership
“Many organizations are seeing a higher demand for these services than we have in previous years for a variety of reasons. And while we’re trying our best to meet the needs of our youth and families, there’s a huge opportunity for getting creative as a community in how we build on a scale the capacity of these programs to meet the growing need.”
–Constance Schmidt, CEO for Centura Health’s St. Anthony North Health Campus and Co-Champions for Health and Mental Health for the Rocky Mountain Partnership