Mental Health Help and Addiction Resources for Colorado

Share these mental health resources to make sure everyone has a helping hand when they need it.

DENVER – Everyone needs a little help sometimes.

For Mental Health Awareness Month 2022, we’ve put together this list of mental health and addiction resources for when you or a loved one need a helping hand.

Mental health resources

There are four ways to get confidential and immediate help: by phone at 1-844-493-8255, by text message (text the word “TALK” to 38255), Going through an online chat service, or at Metro Denver, North, Southeast Region and West Rim walk-in centers. Many of these services are available 24/7.

Qualified counselors are available to help you with relationship issues, depression, bullying, stress, suicidal thoughts, substance abuse, family crisis and more.

Safe2Tell allows students, parents and community members to anonymously report anything concerning or threatening. According to their website, those who use the service can stop a friend from committing suicide, get a friend to stop using drugs, or stop a bully from continuing to make other students miserable.

Tips can be given by calling 1-877-542-7233. They can also be submitted onlineor through the Safe2Tell app.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides free, confidential support to people in crisis 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, at 1-800-273-8255.

The State of Colorado created the I Matter program providing young people with access to mental health and substance use disorder treatment services, including addressing needs that may have arisen as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The program connects you with a therapist for up to six free, completely confidential virtual counseling sessions. It is open to people 18 or younger, or 21 or younger if they are receiving special education services.

Learn more by visit website.

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Institute for Pediatric Mental Health at Children’s Hospital of Colorado

The department offers outpatient consultations for individuals and families; intensive counseling and medication assessment in a partial hospitalization program; and intensive individual, group, and family day outpatient counseling programs.

Learn more and schedule an appointment by calling 720-777-6200 or visit their website.

University of Denver Counseling Services Clinic

DU offers counseling services for adults, children, couples, families, etc. at affordable rates. Sessions are delivered by graduate student counselors under the direct supervision of licensed psychologists and a peer counseling group.

This advocacy organization hosts a variety of mental health screenings in English and Spanisha mental health toolkit for schools, a page dedicated to new products mental health researchas well as many activities throughout the year.

Mental Health and Pro Bono Counseling Program

Spark the Change Pro Bono Mental Health Program connects volunteer therapists, counselors and other professionals with low-income Coloradans who need help. Call 1-844-380-6355 and if you qualify, you will be matched with an advisor.

To take mental health screens online to see where you are, do different searches mental health problems and treatments, get speaking tips about your mental health, find worksheets to improve your mental health or to stay healthyetc

Colorado Department of Human Services Office of Behavioral Health

Using this link, you can find the Community Mental Health Center nearest you. All centers accept Medicaid, and most have sliding payment options for those without insurance.

9Health Online Screening

Take a mental health exam to find out if you have symptoms of a mental health problem.

Their mission is to make it easier for people to connect with licensed, local therapists or psychiatrists who are available for in-person or online video sessions and accept health insurance.

In most cases, a person can correspond with a therapist and schedule the first appointment in just seven days.

For more information or to find a therapist that’s right for you, visit or call 844-256-5642.

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substance abuse

Colorado Alcoholics Anonymous

Find meetings across Colorado as well as program information and other A.A. services and events.

A division of UCHealth, CeDAR offers 30- to 120-day residential treatment programs, outpatient treatment programs, medically supervised detox programs, and recovery management.

Family addiction and mental health care includes family and individual case management, group counseling and individual counseling nationwide. The Chronic Hope Institute offers free resources: videos, podcasts, etc. to help people on its website.

Denver Health STEP Program

The Substance Abuse Treatment, Education and Prevention Program was created specifically to help teens and young adults ages 11-24. It offers a 12-week outpatient program on the Denver Health campus and several Denver public schools.

Denver Women’s Recovery helps women overcome addiction and find healing from mental health issues through outpatient treatment that combines trauma-informed care and clinical treatment. Call 833-754-0554 for more information.

Foundry Treatment Center is a 48-acre ranch that offers natural stimulation of mind and body. Staff members who are experts in their fields provide guidance to rebuild physically, mentally and spiritually. Call 844-979-3993 for more information.

Recovery of mountain springs

Mountain Springs offers an inpatient rehabilitation center in a serene and relaxing environment near Colorado Springs. They offer flexible lengths of stay, on-site detox, multiple types and styles of treatment, and post-departure support.

Northpoint offers an inpatient addiction treatment program for co-occurring mental health conditions as well as ongoing outpatient programs after patients complete the 28-day residential program to help them continue learning tools to stay sober . Call 970-671-6333 for more information.

This treatment center provides outpatient rehabilitation services for teens and young adults struggling with substance abuse and their families. They have locations in Denver, Boulder, Colorado Springs, and Cascade.

National Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Helpline

SAMHSA is a free, confidential, 24/7/365 guidance and information service in English and Spanish for individuals and families dealing with mental health and/or related to drug addiction. The hotline number is 1-800-662-HELP (4357) or TTY: 1-800-487-4889.

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Eating disorders

National Eating Disorders Helpline

Call 1-800-931-2237 to get support, resources or treatment options for you or a loved one. You can also chatting on the internet or text “NEDA” at 741741. the National Eating Disorders Website has resources on where to find treatment, advice on how to help, and support options.

The Eating Disorders Foundation

You can find free Colorado support groups, workshops, classes, information about different eating disorders, mentors, and other local resources on the Eating Disorder Foundation website. They also host informal walk-ins for those who just want to talk to someone at their Denver headquarters.

Dr. Jennifer Gaudiani is a board-certified eating disorder specialist and runs an outpatient clinic in Denver where she works with teens and adults to address all complex eating issues.

UCHealth Nutrition Services

Registered dietitians at UCHealth can help with nutrition screening, one-on-one counseling, education, and support to help make positive, realistic changes to help overcome eating disorders. Contact your doctor for a referral.

National Institutes of Health

Learn about the signs and symptoms of an eating disorder, who is at risk, and some of the treatment options. You can also download brochures, videos and research for free, as well as view and register for clinical trials.


Colorado Gamers Anonymous

A community for those who want to stop compulsive gambling. There are free meetings throughout Colorado and Wyoming. You can also call their hotline at 1-855-222-5524.

Colorado Problem Gambling Coalition

The PGCC has a confidential hotline at 1-800-522-4700, professional advice and support groups for players and their families. The goal is to raise awareness, provide treatment, research and educate about problem gambling.

Gam-Anon is an international organization dedicated to supporting those whose lives have been affected by someone else’s gambling problem. Their website provides advice and answers for those in this situation. They also host support group meetings across the state.

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