Mental illness

Everyone can play a role in suicide prevention

Durango is a caring and compassionate community, and the recent rise in suicides has been especially hard-hitting. Coverage of the increased rate of suicide and the resultant response from...

DATE: Sept. 29, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

As suicide rates rise, Durangoans use their stories to help others

Thirteen suicides have been reported in La Plata County this year. A study conducted in 2016 by the American Association of Suicidology found suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S.,...

DATE: Sept. 29, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Axis Health System expanding mobile crisis team

Axis Health System will expand its mobile crisis team this year to more quickly respond to areas where they are needed. The team responds when someone is in crisis, suicidal, or otherwise in need...

DATE: Aug. 25, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

State can’t meet deadlines for mental health evaluations

DENVER — Colorado’s state mental hospital says an increase in court orders for mental health evaluations is making it difficult to meet a requirement that jail inmates receive such evaluations...

DATE: June 23, 2017 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Durango district warns of student exposure to destructive media

DENVER – Durango School District 9-R has sent a letter to staff and parents to thank them for their involvement in the suicide prevention summit and to warn about two issues that have gained...

DATE: May 25, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Deaths jolt Montezuma schools

Two juveniles’ deaths in recent weeks, one from Cortez and one from Dolores, are being investigated as probable suicides, according to the Montezuma County Sheriff’s Office . One death occurred in...

DATE: Nov. 7, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Advocates walk to highlight mental health care access issues

Members of the health advocacy group Healthier Colorado walked from Cortez to Durango last week to show how far some residents in Southwest Colorado must travel for behavioral and mental health...

DATE: Aug. 22, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Gov. Hickenlooper vetoes mental health legislation

DENVER – Gov. John Hickenlooper vetoed legislation that rural Colorado hospitals said was necessary to address a conundrum with mental health holds. The late Thursday afternoon veto killed...

DATE: June 10, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Rural Colorado hospitals fear veto of mental health bill

DENVER – Rural hospital providers are hoping Gov. John Hickenlooper does not veto legislation that would address a conundrum with mental health holds. The issue impacts the entire state, but is...

DATE: June 2, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Germanwings probe proposes loss of pilots’ medical privacy

Pilots would lose privacy protection for health records and airlines would need insurance when the employees lose their license under a proposal from the French air-safety agency that investigated...

DATE: March 12, 2016 | CATEGORY: Nation & World

At Wit’s End with addiction? Vallecito ranch can help

Vallecito resident Dawn Solomon knows firsthand the therapeutic power of horses to help individuals with mental illness and substance addiction. Solomon, 42, began smoking marijuana at age 13. By...

DATE: Jan. 20, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Panel in La Plata County: Physical, mental health care need to be integrated

For all the improvements we’ve made in mental health care in La Plata County, we still have a way to go. That was the opinion of five panelists working in the field in some way at a League of Women...

DATE: Nov. 19, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News