Larimer County continues to experience unprecedented growth in mental health crises. Suicide has doubled in Larimer County since 2009, and we continue to have among the highest suicide rates in the nation. In 2016, eighty-three (83) people took their own lives in Larimer County. Sadly, the current mental health system in Larimer County, while it does provide some high quality treatment and services, does not meet the demand of people in need.
The challenge is larger than any single municipality. In fact, mental health issues affect one in five Larimer County residents. From Estes Park to Berthoud, Wellington to Loveland, Fort Collins to and everywhere in between, our children, families, friends and communities are desperate for solutions.
Larimer County residents deserve access to basic mental health care services. In November, we will have the opportunity to begin to turn statistics in our favor and set an example for how a community can partner with government and public and private businesses to create solutions for our residents.