Mental Health

Through community outreach, education, and direct mental health services, we work to improve overall community health and reduce the stigma associated with mental illness.

Mental illness is common—it is estimated that 1 in 5 adults will experience a mental illness or disorder during their lifetime.  This fact, coupled with a shortage of trained mental health professionals in our region, often means that community members do not receive care, or that care occurs months or years after the individual first experiences the symptoms of a developing mental health disorder.

To find behavioral health resources near you, click here to search our Interactive Behavioral Health Resource Guide.

If this is a crisis, call 911 or Colorado Crisis Services at 1-844-493-TALK (8255) or text TALK to 38255.

 

 

Programs

Mental Health First Aid

Tri-County Health Network provides free training to community members in Mental Health First Aid, both Adult and Youth courses. The course provides community members with the tools to assist individuals who may be developing a mental health disorder or are in crisis get the help that they need. Trainings are offered periodically in our region. If you would like to attend a training or are interested in hosting a training at your worksite, please contact Tri-County Health Network at 970-708-7096.

For more information on Mental Health First Aid, click here.

Palliative Support Services

Through the Palliative Support Services Program, TCHNetwork, along with a group of committed stakeholders and community volunteers, offers help for those dealing with illness or injury who find themselves unable to meet the demands of daily living.  The Palliative Support Services Program team can do everything from a daily check-in phone call, to shopping for groceries and meal preparation, to light housekeeping and simple in-person companionship and conversation.  The volunteers are trained to deliver services in clients’ homes and can provide crucial support for individuals with an illness or injury, or to provide respite support for family members who might be caring for those individuals.

TCHNetwork also works with area medical providers at the Telluride and Uncompahgre Medical Centers to arrange in home nursing visits to clients who need medical assistance that require the services of a registered nurse.  TCHNetwork also maintains an inventory available to the community by appointment, of durable medical equipment, including crutches, walkers and wheelchairs.  

If you live in San Miguel County and would like more information about the Palliative Support Services Program, please contact Tri-County Health Network at 970-708-7096 or via email at info@tchnetwork.org.

National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI)

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Family to Family program is a 12 week educational program for families, partners and friends of individuals with mental illness. The course is designed to facilitate a better understanding of mental illness, increase coping skills and empower participants to become advocates for their family members. 

NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.

TCHNetwork offers this program as needed in the community.  For more information on an upcoming class, please contact please contact Tri-County Health Network at 970-708-7096 or via email at info@tchnetwork.org.

Teletherapy Services in Area Schools

Tri-County Health Network has responded to the shortage of mental health professionals in area schools by developing a teletherapy platform in local schools to deliver services to students through video conferencing technology.  This program allows students to access services from a wider range of behavioral health providers to support their social and emotional development. This program is currently in the Telluride School District, the Norwood School District and the Nucla School District.

If interested in this in-school service, please contact:

West End School District:

Nucla Middle School: Principal Charlene Stevenson 

Nucla High School: Principal Clint Wytulka 

Naturita Elementary: Principal Hank Nelson 

Delta School District:
Cedaredge High School

Ridgway School District:

Or if interested in more information, call Tri-County Health Network at 970-708-7096

Communities that Care Coalition

Tri-County Health Network has taken the lead to establish a Communities that Care Coalition in the Telluride area to work to address substance use by our youth. Funding for this coalition is provided through a grant from the Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment. To obtain more information about this coalition, please contact Paul Reich at Tri-County Health Network 970-708-7096  or visit www.TellurideCTC.com.

Integration

Tri-County Health Network has provided technical support to area clinics that seek to integrate behavioral health into their practice.  Integration of Mental and Behavioral Health services into primary care reduces barriers and increases access to care for individuals suffering from a mental health disorder.

Regional Behavioral Health Commission

TCHNetwork created a Regional Behavioral Health Commission tasked with ensuring that efforts in the behavioral health area were coordinated and effective.  Funding for the Regional Behavioral Health Commission is provided, in part, by the Town of Telluride, Town of Mountain Village, and San Miguel County. Membership includes representatives from key stakeholders in the community including:

Telluride Medical Center

John Gardner, Executive Director

Dr. Diana Koelliker, MD

Dr. Sharon Grundy, MD

Uncompahgre Medical Center

Nicole Long, Executive Director

Center for Mental Health

Amanda Jones, CCO

Jenny Dieckman  

Robin Slater

Telluride School District

Mike Gass, Superintendent

San Miguel County Social Services

Carol Freidrich, Director

Telluride Marshal

Jim Kolar, Marshal

San Miguel Resource Center

 Riley McIntyre, Executive Director

Tri-County Health Network

Lynn Borup, Executive Director

Paul Reich, Behavioral Health Program Manager


Do you have a mental health emergency?

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:  800-273-TALK (8255) 

Colorado Crisis Services:  844-493-8255 or Text “Talk” to 38255 

Crisis Text Line Text “HOME” to  741741 

San Miguel Resource Center: 1-844-816-3915 

Veteran Crisis Text Line:  1-800-273-8255 or Text 838255 

Trevor Project Crisis Line (LGBTQ Youth):  866-488-7386 or Text  “Trevor” to 1-202-304-1200 

Center for Mental Health Crisis Line: 970-252-6220

 

 

 

 

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