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Mental Health Resources in Colorado

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, which was established in 1949 to increase awareness of the importance of mental health and wellness in our lives. To honor this vitally important part of public healthcare, we have compiled mental health resources available to people in Colorado and beyond.

Know that if you need assistance with mental health issues of any kind – or know someone who might need support – help is out there. You are not alone.

Sometimes the need is immediate. If you or someone you know needs to speak with a mental health professional immediately, contact the national Suicide & Crisis Lifeline any time of day or night by calling or texting 9-8-8. The call or text is free and confidential. If you prefer, you can also chat with the Suicide & Crisis Lifeline at 988lifeline.org

All chat and text centers in the 988 Lifeline network are accredited by either the American Association of Suicidology or the International Council for Helplines. 988 Lifeline Chat and Text is available 24/7 across the U.S. and certain territories.

Related: The new 988 mental health hotline is live. Here’s what you need to know 

And if you are facing a life-threatening emergency, please call 9-1-1 immediately.

For those in Colorado, we’ve compiled a wide cross section of resources available along the Front Range. From food to therapy, housing, and more, we hope these might help you if you encounter a time of need.

Related: See more Community Resources

The resource list begins with some national and statewide resources, followed by organizations specific to cities along the Northern Colorado Front Range including Boulder, Denver, and Fort Collins.


National Resources

Along with the 9-8-8 call, text, and chat options noted above, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and 988 Lifeline offer even more information helpful to those seeking mental health as well as those who may know someone who is struggling. For instance:  


State of Colorado

Below are some Colorado statewide mental health resources.

Emergency calls: If you ever need to call 9-1-1 or law enforcement for a situation involving mental health, please ask for a Mental Health Co-Responder Unit or a Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) officer. In the case of the Colorado Co-Responder Program, a licensed mental health professional and a uniformed officer staff these vehicles as a team. They are specially trained to de-escalate mental health crises and get people to the appropriate help. However, note that availability of the programs varies by agency. Participating communities are listed in the FAQ section on this State of Colorado web page.

Aid to the Needy Disabled 
970-498-6300 
This program provides a small monthly cash payment to disabled folks who are applying for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) but have not yet received it. Since SSI applications sometimes involve repeated appeals processes, this program is important. 

Colorado Crisis Services 
844-493-8255, or text TALK to 38255 
24-hour help for anyone feeling overwhelmed by a mental health situation – the person experiencing symptoms or someone trying to help them. 

Disabled Resource Services 
970-482-2700 
DRS focuses on assisting people of any age and any disability: physical, visual, auditory, cognitive, or mental/emotional. They offer help with transitioning to independent living, and also help with filling out Social Security disability applications. 

Health First Colorado 
970-498-6300 
Larimer County will help people get on Health First, which is Colorado’s Medicaid program. 

NAMI Law Line  
303-321-3104 
They can help you understand wills and trusts, criminal justice and mental illness, guardianships, etc. 

List of Colorado Rehab Centers  

Social Security Office 
Social Security has two programs that apply to folks who are disabled due to mental illness or substance abuse. SSI is for those who have not worked or have worked fewer than 10 years. SSDI is for those who have worked for 10 years or more. SSI can also help families with a disabled child.  


Boulder 

Boulder County Public Health: Improving Mental Health  

Boulder Valley School District 
Grief and loss support for BVSD students

Jewish Family Service and Community Foundation
720-248-4686
Offering counseling services to Boulder County residents.

Naropa Community Counseling
303-546-3589 or email co**************@na****.edu

Natural Highs  
This Boulder County group provides healthy alternatives to drugs and alcohol through offering workshops, drop-in classes, groups, presentations, sober events, and entrepreneurial and leadership opportunities for teens.

Queer Asterisk Therapeutic Programs 
720-507-6161
LGBTQ “Queer Conversations” and other community therapies

Rise Against Suicide 
720-212-7527
Counseling services for youth experiencing suicide ideation.

Umbrella Collective 
720-663-0163 or in**@um****************.org
The Umbrella Collective is a network of talk therapists that emphasize group practice, where clients can see themselves reflected in their therapists from an inclusive standpoint.


Denver 

Denver Recovery Group
Offering help if you are struggling with opioid addiction.

The Hornbuckle Foundation
Providing hope and support to people suffering from substance use disorder, by assisting them in finding tools and resources to transition into productive and positive members of society. The Hornbuckle Foundation provides sober living scholarships, transitional housing, and peer recovery coaching.

Mental Health Center of Denver
The Mental Health Center of Denver has several facilities: Dahlia Campus for Health & Well-Being and the Adult Recovery Center.   

Postpartum Support International
This group has a Colorado coordinator available here to support women living with postpartum depression and anxiety. They provide help finding support groups, therapists, and medication.

Therapeasy
This is a digital a tool to match you with a therapist. Fill out a questionnaire and the service matches you with a nearby mental health provider. 

Tribe Recovery Homes
Tribe provides shame-free treatment and supervised living spaces to help clients pursue recovery and self-sufficiency. Support includes those coming to them from homelessness, probation or parole. 

Tribe Recovery Services
Help setting up interventions for addiction/alcohol, safe transport to a designated recovery destination, recovery coaching, sober companions, assessment and placement assistance. 

Wellness Winnie
Wellness Winnie is Denver’s mobile RV unit offering behavioral health and support services. You can find the mobile unit’s location schedule here. Wellness Winnie is staffed with mental health counselors and peer navigators to support recovery and mental well-being. Their services are well rounded: 

  • Informal classes and presentations 
  • Sharps (used syringe or needle) disposal 
  • Behavioral health screening and assessment 
  • Active referral to services, such as: medical, legal, social services 
  • Distribution of items, such as: socks, gloves, toiletries, etc. 
  • Rehydration and cooling from the heat 
  • Warming from the cold  
  • Narcan/Naloxone distribution

Fort Collins 

Connections  
970-221-5551 
These folks are the experts at connecting people to providers based on insurance, income, diagnosis, etc. to help navigate the network of behavioral health services in Larimer County. 

Homeward Alliance 
970-658-9878 
Homeward Alliance operates a continuum of programs and initiatives for families, adults, and seniors, such as basic needs, housing-focused case management, and employment services 
 

Housing Catalyst 
970-416-2910 
These folks run affordable housing developments in Larimer County, including some with wraparound mental health services onsite. They also are the agency to apply for Section 8 housing vouchers, which provide rental assistance for those with low income. 

Larimer County Wellness Court   
Dianne Bacorn at 970-498-7581 or ba******@co.us 
This is an alternative justice program designed to help folks with mental illness or substance abuse stay out of prison. 
 

Old Town Library hosts local agency outreach hours weekly (see agency descriptions for details). 

  • Outreach Fort Collins: Wednesday and Friday 12-2pm 
  • Homeward Alliance: Fridays 2-5pm. 

Outreach Fort Collins 
970-658-0088 
This organization provides services to people who are currently homeless . When to call Outreach Fort Collins: 

  • Someone is impaired by drugs or alcohol and does not pose a risk to self and others 
  • Someone appears to be experiencing a mental health crisis and does not pose a risk to self and others 
  • You feel uncomfortable with situation and it is not illegal 
  • You have concern for the health and well-being of someone and it is not illegal 
  • You want to offer support to someone who is experiencing homelessness or is vulnerable 

Sister Mary Alice Murphy Center for Hope 
970-494-9940 
The Murphy Center helps people who are homeless or in danger of becoming homeless get connected with housing options and also other services like Social Security and SNAP (food stamps). If your loved one can’t live with you anymore and they don’t have money for a place to live, please talk to the Murphy Center. 

SNAP benefits
970-498-6300 
This is the Larimer County contact for SNAP, which provides low income people in with debit cards used exclusively to buy food. 

Social Security Office 
866-336-7385 (this is a Northern Colorado local office number) 
Social Security has two programs that apply to folks who are disabled due to mental illness or substance abuse. SSI is for those who have not worked or have worked fewer than 10 years. SSDI is for those who have worked for 10 years or more. SSI can also help families with a disabled child. Larimer County provides assistance with completing the application.
 
Spirit Crossing Clubhouse 
970-786-2002 
Clubhouse in Fort Collins is a program where individuals living with mental illness support each other in recovery, personal and professional growth. 

SummitStone Health Partners 
970-494-4200 
SummitStone is the major mental health center in Larimer County that accepts Medicaid. This is the place to go for services when you cannot afford to pay. 


Find more helpful organizations and services listed on our Community Resources page.

This page is updated as needed. if you have recommended resources, please let us know.