Summit County commissioners dedicate May to mental health awareness

The Summit County commissioners named May Mental Health Awareness Month during a meeting on Tuesday, April 26.

Nearly 45% of adults in the United States reported that their mental health worsened since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a news release. Around 26% of American adults suffer from a diagnosed mental disorder in a given year, the release said.

Many people who have mental illnesses struggle to receive adequate care. County officials urge the community to use the month of May as an opportunity to raise awareness of mental illnesses and support options.

Anyone who is in crisis or is struggling with suicidal thoughts can reach out for help by calling the Colorado Crisis hotline at 844-493-8255 or by texting “TALK” to 38255. People can also access mental health resources by visiting

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