GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.
Mental health issues have increased during the pandemic. Director of Operations for Mind Springs Health in Grand Junction, Kathy Capps says, “More people are in a tougher situation then they ever have been.”
The job forecast for 2020 from the Colorado Business Economic Outlook projects over 128,000 jobs are expected to be gone and the economic calamity is causing a mental health crisis. “The economy, loss of jobs, feeling just isolated, and unsure what to do, and the new phrase people are calling that is death of despair, and that number has skyrocketed. So, we really want people to reach out, and make sure they know that help is available,” Capps said.
Over 19% of Coloradans are living with a mental illness, rated by Mental Health Colorado as the third-highest rate in the country, but Mesa County has Mind Springs Health. Capps says, “We’ve never shut down any of our services. In fact, we’ve been open the entire time. We went from seeing people live in-person to all virtual, or a hybrid model within two days of the pandemic.”
Time and money are important resources, and they’re both limited during the pandemic. “Some people pay $5 to come here. Some people pay more. It really depends on your income. So, we offer services to anybody. We don’t turn people away because of their lack of ability to pay,” said Capps.
Here at the only psychiatric hospital between Denver and Salt Lake City (Mind Springs Health) they are eliminating barriers to get you the help you deserve. Including time and money. Capps says, “Our job as a safety net agency is to make sure that you’re safe, and so, there are no fees associated with our crisis services at all.”
The number of monthly calls to the Colorado Crisis Hotline has surged 50% from 16,000 in January 2020 to almost 25,000 in October according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
Don’t let the stigma surrounding mental health prevent you from getting the help you need. Call the Colorado Crisis Hotline at 1-844-493-8255, or call Mind Springs Emergency Services at 1-877-886-8192.