Mental Health Resources
This information is intended as a guide to help families find the mental health resources they need. JAGC does not endorse, approve for services, or recommend any specific program mentioned.
According to the 2016 Colorado Health Report Card, about 25 percent of middle school and high school students experience poor mental health — a rate that has held steady for the past decade. Among adolescents, 6.6 percent attempted suicide one or more times during the past 12 months. Youth who identify as LGBT are nearly three times as likely to report poor mental health as their heterosexual peers. According to the Second Wind Fund, suicide is currently the leading cause of death for youth in Colorado.
Area Mental Health Resources Handout
What You Can Do To Help
From Mental Health First Aid.org
Someone may need mental health intervention if their condition affects their:
Learn how to respond using ALGEE:
A - Assess for risk of suicide or harm
L - Listen non-judgmentally
G - Give reassurance and information
E - Encourage appropriate professional help
E - Encourage appropriate self-help strategies
Video The Awkward Conversation - Let’s Talk About Mental Health (4:06)
Video What is Mental Health First Aid (2:12)
Take a Mental Health First Aid course
Local Mental Health Service Providers
Colorado Crisis Services
Offers crisis phone, text and online chat. Local walk-in crisis centers offer confidential, in-person crisis support, information and referrals.
Jefferson Center offers 24-hour emergency mental health and substance abuse services, therapy, suicide prevention, and other programs to support the mental health of children, youth and families.
MHCD provides a comprehensive range of community-based behavioral and psychiatric services to children, youth, families, and adults. Services in English and Spanish include emergency and crisis services, psychological testing, outpatient treatment, evaluation services and referrals, and child and family services including in-home counseling, residential services, and early intervention services in preschools.
NAMI Jeffco (National Alliance on Mental Illness)
A nonprofit organization providing education, support and advocacy for individuals affected by mental illness and for their families and friends. Offers classes, support groups and wellness programs.
Second Wind Fund
Matches children and youth at risk for suicide with licensed therapists in their communities. If a financial or social barrier to treatment is present, they pay for up to 12 sessions of therapy from one of their specialized network providers.
The Center Denver
The Center’s mission is to engage, empower, enrich, and advance the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer community of Colorado. Rainbow Alley is a safe drop-in space supporting LGBTQ youth and their allies ages 11 to 21 with youth-led events and activities, counseling and support groups, health services and life skills.
National Mental Health Resources
American Academy of Child & Adolescent PsychiatryChild Mind Institute
866-775-5683Mental Health America
703-684-7722Mental Health First Aid - National Council for Behavioral Health
866-331-6277NIMH National Institute of Mental Health
Services in English and Spanish
Suicide prevention program implemented at local schools for staff, teachers and counselors
SAMHSA Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
877-726-4727The Trevor Project
A national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning youth.
TrevorText - Text “START” to 678678. Standard text messaging rates apply. Available 7 days a week, 10 a.m.–9 p.m.
TrevorSpace - An online international peer-to-peer community for LGBTQ young people and their friends.
Trevor Support Center - Where LGBTQ youth and allies can find answers to FAQs and explore resources related to sexual orientation, gender identity and more.
TrevorChat - Available online 7 days a week, 10 a.m.–9 p.m.
You can usually expect to wait just a few minutes to speak to a counselor, but if we are very busy the wait can be up to a half hour. If you need to speak to someone sooner, please call the TrevorLifeline at 1-866-488-7386.
What to Do in a Crisis
Call 9-1-1 for Emergency Medical Services
If the situation is potentially life-threatening, get immediate emergency assistance by calling 911, available 24 hours a day.
OR Call For Help 1-877-542-7233 1-844-493-8255 (many languages
OR Take the Child for
24-Hour Crisis Services
Anonymously report anything that concerns or threatens you, your friends, your family or your community
Colorado Crisis Services
24-hour crisis walk-in location at 4643 Wadsworth Blvd., Wheat Ridge, CO 80033
Colorado Crisis Center materials (Below the Surface youth campaign)
You’re not alone, text for support
Warning signs of a mental health crisis
What to do in a mental health crisis
Tips for Talking to Children and Youth After Traumatic Events
Partnering With Your Child's School: A Guide For Parents
What to do if you suspect someone is thinking about suicide
Suicide prevention wallet card
Find a Local Mental Health Provider
Mental Health Colorado
Colorado Dept. of Human Services
Colorado Pro Bono Mental Health and Counseling Program
Rocky Mountain Crisis Partners
American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
National Association for Gifted Children Finding a Mental Health Professional
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255 or Live Online Chat
Trained crisis workers are available to talk 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Your confidential and toll-free call goes to the nearest crisis center in the Lifeline national network. These centers provide crisis counseling and mental health referrals.
SAMHSA Treatment Referral Helpline 1-877-726-4727
Get general information on mental health and locate treatment services in your area. Speak to a live person, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. EST.Colorado Dept. of Public Health suicide prevention
Information, resources and support groups for teens, parents and the community on suicide prevention and mental health.
Second Wind Fund
Video How to talk to a child about a suicide attempt (19:00)
Teens2Teens Suicide Prevention PSAs