SummitStone Health Partners recently received a grant from FEMA to expand mental health resources in Larimer County due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The counseling and resource support line is available free of charge to anyone who may be impacted by COVID-19. Services provided by the grant, which is called Colorado Spirit, can now be accessed 24/7 through the Health District of Northern Larimer County‘s long-standing Connections line at (970) 221-5551.

“This support line provides a safe, anonymous outlet for those who may be experiencing a number of emotions due to the effects of the pandemic,” said Program Manager Alison Hartman, MA, LMFT. “Our trained counselors are here to talk to folks who may be experiencing anxiety, depression, hopelessness, worry or even cabin-fever at levels they never have before. They may not be at the crisis level but really just feeling like they need someone to help them work through this extremely difficult time.”

With oversight from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), Colorado Spirit offers short-term interventions to help people understand their current situation, reduce stress, promote effective coping strategies and resilience, and provide emotional support. Counselors work closely with community organizations to connect people with available resources and refer them to behavioral health treatment and other available services. The warm-line is free to anyone who has been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.

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