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Eagle County to Address Behavioral Health Head-On

Vail Health has committed $60 million to address behavioral health issues that have plagued Eagle County.  The county is but one mountain community that has been labeled part of the “suicide belt” in the U.S.   It estimates that there is a suicide attempt nearly every day  and  17 people lost their lives to suicide in 2018, up 183 percent from the previous year.   Coping with stress has also increased dramatically with emergency room visits to the hospital for anxiety and depression having risen 360 percent between 2013 and 2018.

A nonprofit partnership has been formed between Eagle County, Vail Health and community groups to identify and put resources toward providing immediate access to help and increased opportunities for prevention outreach.  The new nonprofit, Eagle Valley Behavioral Health, will provide 24/7 access to care  and crisis management.  It will also establish telehealth and psychiatric services in multiple languages and will spearhead outreach prevention efforts.

Vail Health is a nonprofit community health care system, locally operated and governed by an independent board of directors that oversees a 56-bed hospital and clinics up and down the Vail Valley.

 

Read more at Vail Valley Partnership.

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