More mental health resources available for unemployed Colorados through United Way’s 211

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) — If you, or someone you know, is struggling with mental health issues while unemployed, there are now more resources available.

11 News spoke with the Office of Behavioral Health and Mile High United Way. Colorado residents who have lost their jobs can now call 211 to learn about mental health and addiction benefits through their insurance or assistance programs; enroll in Medicaid; and explore mental health and/or addiction treatment in their community, as well as connect to other social services such as food, housing, and financial assistance.

“Help is available whether it’s the crisis line or 211. We have people on the other end of the line who want to get you the help you need. and we know that access to care is an important need in our region. condition,” said Liz Owens of the Office of Behavioral Health.

In June, Governor Jared Polis tasked OBH with contracting 211 Colorado to hire and train staff to provide behavioral health navigation services. The state says we’ve had more Coloradians out of work than ever in the past two years during the pandemic, and Colorado’s unemployment rate has topped the national average throughout 2021.

“If you’re focused on your job, your housing, or food for your family, it’s really hard to prioritize mental well-being on top of that,” Owens said.

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