Mental illness is a major issue in the Roaring Fork Valley, and around Colorado. As part of his administration’s plan to help more people get help for untreated illness, Governor John Hickenlooper announced a new statewide mental health hotline last month. Bev Marquez is the CEO of Rocky Mountain Crisis Partners, the organization running that new hotline. Marquez talks with Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher about the response so far—and whether residents in the Roaring Fork Valley should call the statewide hotline or a local hotline first.
Colorado’s new statewide mental health hotline is:
844-493-TALK, or 844-493-8255.
Other help hotlines already available in the Roaring Fork Valley are:
- Mind Springs, Western Slope mental health provider: 888.207.4004
- Aspen Hope Center: 970-925-5858
- National Suicide Helpline (all lead to the same call center):
1 (800) 784-2433, 1 (800) SUICIDE
1 (800) 273-TALK, 1 (800) 273-8255
- Spanish Suicide Helpline: 1-800-SUICIDA