Denver Residents Face Long Wait Times for Psychiatric Care
The Collective Can Help
We know that many people are struggling with their mental health. Thankfully, it has become less stigmatized these days to discuss. Recognizing the problem is, after all, the first step to receiving care. Unfortunately, it can sometimes be challenging to get the proper care quickly. Beyond that, Colorado is ranked as one of the worst states in the country for mental health, as there is a high incidence of mental illness.
For many struggling with their mental health, they can’t afford to wait. Whether someone is experiencing grief, anxiety, trauma, panic, or something else, longer wait times can make things worse. In Denver, patients may see themselves waiting for psychiatric care for as long as five months. In Colorado, there are only 15 psychiatrists for every 100,000 people and 92 primary care physicians per 100,000 people. Remember, mental health care is health care and should be treated with just as much importance and urgency.
Because there is such a high demand for care, partially due to the pandemic, AVAILABILITY in the Denver area has been quite long. At times, patients may be put on waiting lists and can even take a couple of months to be seen. This wait is a challenge for patients and providers alike. Dr. Justin Ross, a clinical psychologist and director of employee well-being at UC Health, said, “In my opinion, we were already at capacity before the pandemic.”
At The Collective, we’re working to change this standard and offer our patients fast access to essential care. Because of this, our AVAILABILITY IS far above the state average. When submitting an inquiry, patients will be CONTACTED within 24 hours. From there, they will have the option to make virtual or in-person appointments. The good news, our virtual visits can accommodate those needing an immediate appointment! We realize access to quality mental health care is critical and not something that you should have to wait for.
We offer a wide range of services for our patients, including but not limited to psychological testing, yoga therapy, and virtual treatment options. Our virtual options, which are provided through HIPAA-compliant Zoom video chat and phone calls, include individual therapy, group therapy, and specialty therapy. Recently, we’ve seen a rise in remote capabilities, including jobs and healthcare services. This expansion of remote care makes it even more accessible for people to get the appropriate help they need. As long as you have internet access, you can access care from anywhere!
If you have been struggling with your mental health and finding quick and quality psychiatric care, reach out to us at The Collective. We are here to help you navigate your mental health journey.