In rural Colorado, there is just one behavioral health provider for every 6,008 residents.
To demonstrate just how far rural Coloradans have to go for mental or behavioral health care, people in three communities will walk the distance to the closest services this week — about 50 miles. This will take two days.
The routes: Parachute to Grand Junction, Cortez to Durango, and Cañon City to Pueblo.
“In Our Shoes” walkers will begin Wednesday, stopping to sleep at a midway point on each route, and continue their journey until Thursday afternoon. The 50 walkers are hoping to gain support for an online petition to the state legislature asking that funds for suicide prevention and other mental health care are directed to Colorado’s 47 rural counties.