City of Durango may bar sitting, lying on downtown sidewalks

In their ongoing effort to find ways to reduce panhandling downtown, Durango city councilors are turning to Tempe, Arizona, where it is illegal to sit or lie on city sidewalks. “We certainly are...

DATE: March 23, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

First aid: Not just for scraped knees

Broken bones send patients to the emergency room immediately, but the stigma associated with a mental health disorder often keeps patients from asking for help for a decade, according to behavioral...

DATE: March 21, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Colorado pairing police officers with mental health experts

DENVER (AP) – Colorado is pushing for new approaches to how police officers handle cases involving mental illness and drug addiction, encouraging them to steer low-level offenders toward treatment...

DATE: Jan. 5, 2018 | CATEGORY: Regional News

A new way to track our mental health indicators

Mental Health Colorado, a statewide nonprofit, is making it easier to track depression, suicide, opioid overdoses and other regional mental health indicators. “Our goal is to equip individuals with...

DATE: Nov. 28, 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: Oct. 18, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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

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