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As the Mountain West continues to see a disproportionate number of youth suicides, one tribe in Southwest Colorado is opening up a new mental health center on its reservation to deal with the increasing rates. The Ute Mountain Ute Tribe is aiming to address the high rates of suicide, and increase mental well-being in the community.

According to DeAnne House, councilwoman for the tribe and a trained psychologist, opening a new behavioral health center on the reservation will provide the community with the help they are looking for. The new behavioral health center will have mental health clinical professionals and suicide prevention specialists, among other services. The new behavioral health center is expected to start offering services in November 2019. 

The Ute Mountain Ute Tribe lies within the southwest corner of the State of Colorado. The Tribe has 575,000 contiguous acres, which span into the States of New Mexico and Utah. The Tribe has 2,134 enrolled members who reside both on and off the reservation. The tribal administration is located in the community of Towaoc, Colorado and the White Mesa community is located in Blanding, Utah. 

This was reported by KUNC on September 6, 2019. 

Contact information: Ute Mountain Ute Health Center, 232 Rustling Willow Street, Towaoc, Colorado 81334; 970-565-4441; Website:

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