Colorado has first statewide mental health hotline

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. Mental health is in the spotlight after Robin Williams' death this week and Colorado now has another resource for people struggling with any kind of mental health problem.

Colorado launched its first statewide mental health crisis line for issues like substance abuse, suicide, depression among others.

About 40% of calls that come in involve a safety risk to the caller, so trained mental health professionals counsel people over the phone to help them work through the issue, said a representative of Metro Crisis Services, which will run the hotline.

The hotline is expected to receive more than 400 calls a day, the representative said.

"Knowing that someone is there to listen that respects their feelings, isn't judging them and can help if they ask then it always helps," said Martha Graf, executive director of Western Colorado Suicide Prevention Foundation.

The Colorado Crisis and Support Line's number is 844-493-TALK.

There is also a local hotline through Mind Springs Health at 888-207-4004.

Also, those looking for specific suicide help can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK.

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