Text 741741 to receive crisis counseling immediately (teens to 30 year olds)

Crisis Text Line web page:

Montrose Crisis 24-hour emergency help line :  970-252-6220

Montrose Suicide Prevention website:

Crisis Online Chat:  (National Suicide Prevention Lifeline)

Celebrate Recovery Montrose

  • Every Friday at 7:00 pm
  • Grace Community Church, 16731 Woodgate Rd., Montrose, CO 81401
  • (970) 249-5306

Alcoholics Anonymous – Western Slope Central Office

Narcotics Anonymous – Serenity Unlimited Area

  • Meetings Wednesday and Saturday at 8:15 pm
  • 19 South Park Ave. (rear), Montrose, CO 81401
  • 24-hour emergency help line (970) 201-1133

Montrose Center for Mental Health

  • 605 East Miami Road, Montrose, CO 81401
  • (970) 252-3200
  • 24-hour emergency help line (970) 252-6220

Grand Junction Mind Springs, 24-hour emergency help line:  888-207-4004.  Western Colorado Suicide Prevention Foundation: 740 Gunnison Avenue, Suite 211, Grand Junction, CO 81501,, 970-683-6626,

National Lifeline Online Counseling: 800-273-8255

Suicide attempt survivor stories:

Suicide Prevention Twitter Page:

Mental Health and Substance Abuse, Rocky Mountain Crisis Partners, 844-493-8255

Read stories by teens struggling but finding hope:

Help for cutting:

GLBT Help: Call 1-800-246-7743 (Monday-Friday, 4pm-12 am EST/Saturday, 12pm-5pm EST)

How to help someone in crisis:

Bullying Counseling:

Alcohol & Drug Addiction Resource Center: 800-390-4056

Veterans in Crisis:  Text 838255  Montrose Warrior Resource Center 

Soldier Confidential Crisis Chat Page:


Hilltop 800-844- 990-5500,, Adult Services Coordinator Aimee Quadri-Chavez


National 24-hour emergency help line: 800-799-SAFE (7233)


Dolphin House Child Advocacy Center,

Child Abuse 24-hour emergency help line: 800-25-ABUSE

Child Abuse Reporting: 844-264-5437


Haven House (970) 323-5280, Answering Service (970) 252-6415,

The Warm Hearth Foundation Montrose, 970-252-9187, Transitional Housing

Volunteers Of America – Meadowlark Court In Montrose (for Seniors Ages 62+), 970-252-8272

Volunteers Of America – Pavilion Gardens In Montrose (for Seniors Ages 62+), 970-249-1200

Sharing Ministries Food Bank,, 121 North Rio Grande

Montrose, 970-240-8385, FOOD BANK Monday-Wednesday, 9:30am to 12:30pm, Friday, 9:00am to 11:00am

Christ’s Kitchen, The Penn Center Mall, 2305 So. Townsend Ave., Montrose, 970-249-1774

Health and Human Services and Women/Infants/Children Program, 1845 South Townsend

Montrose, 970-252-5000

Montrose Workforce Center, 504 N 1st St, Montrose, (970) 249-7783

Elwood Staffing, 2305 S. Townsend Ave, Unit B, Montrose, (970) 249-2446

Community Staffing Services Inc , 227 E Main St, Montrose, Phone:(970) 249-1414

Anorexia and Bullimia counseling: (ANAD): 847-831-3438

Parent Crisis Assistance 24-hour emergency help line: 800-840-6537 or 855-427-2736

Rape and Incest Network (RAINN) 24-hour emergency help line : 800-656-4673

Missing Children Network: 800-235-3535  National Runaway Switchboard (800) 231-6946

AIDS 24-hour emergency help line : (800) FOR-AIDS

Alcohol Abuse 24-hour emergency help line : (800) 331-2900

Girls & Boys Town 24-hour emergency help line (800) 448-3000

Crisis Pregnancy Center: Montrose Life Choices 970-249-302,

Colorado Crisis Center expert counselors 844-493-TALK (8255) or text TALK to 38255 to speak to a trained professional.

Grand Junction Walk-In Crisis Services, 515 28 3/4 Road, Grand Junction, CO 81501

Starting a conversation about suicide:

I have been feeling concerned about you lately.

Recently, I have noticed some differences in you and wondered how you are doing.

I wanted to check in with you because you haven’t seemed yourself lately.

Questions you can ask………..

When did you begin feeling like this?

Did something happen that made you start feeling this way?

How can I best support you right now?

Have you thought about getting help?

What you can say that helps………..

You are not alone in this. I’m here for you.

You may not believe it now, but the way you’re feeling will change.

I may not be able to understand exactly how you feel, but I care about you and want to help.

When you want to give up, tell yourself you will hold off for just one more day, hour, minute—whatever you can manage.

When Did Using a Bathroom Get so Complicated?


The lifelong work of Dr. Paul McHugh, former head of Psychiatry at John’s Hopkins, teaches that transgender issues in adults are very complicated. He does not advocate gender reassignment because, he says, those who have had reassignment have 20 times the risk of suicide from the general population. Whether one agrees or disagrees with Dr. McHugh, his work cannot be ignored. The bottom line is that there is a lot we don’t know about gender identity issues and to impose rules on all children which support beliefs that gender reassignment (even if verbally) is helpful, is misguided.

As a pediatrician and advocate for all children, giving biologically male children the right to share bathrooms with girls and vice versa is not only wrong; it is harmful to children with and without gender identity issues. Our children are not social experiments. They are young people with hearts, minds and souls. Every child deserves protection from trauma and humiliation. And every child can learn to be accepting and kind to those who are different but to force “acceptance” on children when it means: causing them to see very private genitalia of the opposite sex, questioning their own ability to believe what they see and causing more suffering to already troubled children is fair to no one- except, perhaps, the adults who want to see their own agenda promoted. Shame on them.