It’s 2 a.m. and 16-year-old Josiah is on the brink of suicide. He needs help now. His dad takes him to the emergency department (ED) at Children’s Colorado. But there are no hospital rooms available for kids and teens who are experiencing a mental health emergency. For at least four months every year, the inpatient unit for psychiatric emergencies at Children’s Colorado operates at 100 percent capacity.
Josiah is added to a waiting list.
General Psychiatry - Inpatient Numbers
Four thousand kids like Josiah come to the Children’s Colorado ED for psychiatric emergencies every year. But because of existing barriers to care, some kids never even make it to an ED. Suicide is the leading cause of death among Colorado kids ages 10-14.
Imagine a better future for mental health treatment.
Just like cancer or a heart condition, a mental health emergency cannot wait. Imagine Josiah comes to Children’s Colorado and is admitted into an inpatient program before his situation escalates.
How we will get there.
We can make sure more kids and teens who are experiencing a mental health crisis have access to care.
We have a plan to redesign our Pediatric Mental Health Institute. We will add inpatient rooms, which will allow us to treat significantly more kids and teens.
Together, we can make this a reality.