Six-year-old Lillian cries all night every night. She hasn’t slept in days. Her family is exhausted and needs help. They live in Craig, Colo. Craig, like many rural communities, has limited mental health services for kids.
Lillian’s parents take her to their primary care provider, who refers them to a psychiatrist at Children’s Colorado. They debate whether to drive the four to five hours to Aurora or continue trying to help Lillian on their own.
Imagine a better future for mental health treatment.
Imagine Lillian and her family do not have to travel to Aurora. Their primary care provider connects them with a psychiatrist at Children’s Colorado through video conferencing.
Lillian’s parents consult with clinicians at Children’s Colorado from the comfort of their local doctor’s office. They talk through Lillian’s symptoms and learn that she may be experiencing sleep anxiety.
How we will get there.
Together, we will bring care to kids and teens across Colorado.
There is only one pediatric psychiatrist for every 7,000 kids and teens in Colorado, compared to the national average of one per 1,800 kids and teens. Most counties in Colorado do not have one at all. But kids in every community need help. Lacking good resources, many go without diagnosis or treatment, which escalates problems and creates difficulties later in life.
With your support, we will bring care to more kids. Together, we can bolster telehealth in communities across Colorado.
Telehealth services include secure video chats between doctors, patients and parents. We currently offer video psychiatric evaluations at our satellite locations. Now, through telehealth, families can consult with mental health specialists on the Anschutz Medical Campus from their nearest Children’s Colorado site, saving time and money.