Mental Health

5:00am

Tue May 13, 2014
Health

'Significant And Persisting' Mental Illness A Challenge for Larimer, Fort Collins Law Enforcement

Fort Collins Police Department Officer Maureen Noe at work. Noe and other FCPD officers have regular training to work with those who have mental illnesses.
Grace Hood KUNC

Larimer County law enforcement, either on the street or in the county jail, say they're seeing more significant and persisting mental illnesses like mood, bipolar, psychotic disorders and schizophrenia.

The shift is taxing resources with Emergency Rooms, health care providers, jail resources and the Fort Collins Police Department.

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5:00am

Tue May 13, 2014
Health

For Mental Illnesses, Steep Costs Found Behind Bars

Joe Mahoney Rocky Mountain PBS I-News

People with mental illnesses in Colorado are more than five times as likely to be housed in jails or in prisons than in hospital psychiatric beds. Colorado’s sheriffs say county jails are overwhelmed with inmates who need hospitalization or treatment for their mental health problems – not incarceration.

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5:01am

Mon May 12, 2014
Mental Health

The High Cost Of Untreated Mental Illness

Medical staff in the emergency dept. confer at Denver Health, Nov. 2013. The department's director say the unit is seeing an unprecedented number of people landing in the emergency room with injuries or other health problems related to mental illness.
Joe Mahoney I-News at Rocky Mountain PBS

Untreated mental illness is a growing problem in Colorado – with one out of every four adults likely to experience some degree of mental illness in any given year. That has a high cost in Colorado, not only from a public health perspective but also from a financial standpoint.

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5:00am

Mon May 12, 2014
Health

Untreated Mental Health A Factor Behind Health Care 'Superutilizers'

Christina Jackson looks out the front door of her home in Aurora, Colo., April 16, 2014. Jackson says her grief and depression after the death of her sister preceded a flood of medical problems.
Joe Mahoney Rocky Mountain PBS I-News

Call them frequent flyers. Or superutilizers. Or loyal customers.

In hospitals across the country, they’re known to doctors and nurses as the people who come back time and again for care.

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9:56am

Mon April 21, 2014
National

What's Behind U.S. Farmer Suicide?

A 2002 study in the American Journal of Public Health found that men living in rural counties were much more likely to kill themselves than urban men.
Credit Stephen D / Flickr

An alarming number of farmers in the U.S. take their own lives, according to the magazine Newsweek. And while we don’t have great statistics, some of the best numbers available suggest men on the farm today kill themselves nearly twice as often as other men in the general population.

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