Guide breaks down information about mental health, addiction

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A one-stop online guide to help users understand mental health or substance use disorders was launched May 1 by representatives from the Colorado Department of Human Services and the nonprofit advocacy group Mental Health Colorado.

The Mental Wellness and Addiction Recovery Guide also will help users find places to get treatment and offer information about what to expect from various treatment levels, a news release states. The website also offers a comprehensive set of resources explaining the ins and outs of insurance coverage, patient rights, support options for caregivers and more.

The joint announcement was made at the Capitol moments after Lt. Gov. Dianne Primavera issued an official state proclamation declaring May as Mental Health Month in Colorado.

The website, cowellnessrecovery.org, is the result of a collaborative, yearlong effort between the CDHS Office of Behavioral Health, Mental Health Colorado and a network of behavioral health advocates with lived experience.

If you or someone you know is in crisis, call the Colorado Crisis Services helpline at 1-844-493-8255.

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