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Gaining Access to Mental Health Care in Durango

Are you trying to get help with mental illness? Are you having difficulty gaining access to Mental Health Care? What about difficulty beginning your path to good emotional health? Of importance, nationally there is a shortage of psychiatrists. We feel that here in our community.  The video below summarizes the importance of care. As an advocate, I can help clients access care locally or regionally. Contact me NOW for help and here is a resource for tips on accessing care in Colorado.

What is Mental Illness?

Mental illness is a health condition that affects how you think, feel, act, or relate to other people or your surroundings. To note, they are associated with distress. Also, it is associated with problems functioning in social, work, or family activities. Mental Illness is stigmatized in this society. However, it is like any other medical condition and is treatable.

Incidence of Depression and Suicide

Of importance, nationally, suicide takes the lives of over 44,965 Americans every year. (Center for Disease Control, or CDC) Another key point is depression affects 20-25% of Americans ages 18+ in a given year. (CDC) 

In comparison, in La Plata County, the suicide rate for 2014-2017 is 129 which is nearly 10 suicides per year. In addition, suicide attempts resulting in hospitalizations for La Plata County for 2013-2015 is 33.9%. These statistics show the importance of getting help with mental illness.

Symptoms of Mental Illnes

  • Problems with thinking (like being confused or paranoid)
  • Social Isolation
  • Mood swings
  • Relationship problems
  • Hallucinations
  • Abusing alcohol or drugs
  • Hopeless; not enjoying things that they used to like
  • Thoughts of suicide or harming themselves or others
  • Sleep problems (too much or too little)

Why seek care

Of importance, is to seek help to prevent symptoms from worsening. Also, to get a treatment plan that works for you from a psychiatrist.

In Summary of Mental Illness

To sum up, mental illness is like any other medical condition. Furthermore, it is not something to be ashamed of. To note, it’s important to seek treatment with a psychiatrist to prevent worsening of symptoms. If you need a list of Colorado resources in seeking treatment, visit







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