Last week, we reported that Colorado's suicide rate is the highest in 20 years. The economy and the lack of mental health services are partly to blame, experts say. There’s a new resource that could help bring the suicide rate down at least in Metro Denver. A new ‘round the clock crisis hotline is now available for free. There's broad agreement the crisis line could help people. But as Colorado Public Radio Health Reporter Eric Whitney explains, that’s only if it survives.

The number to reach the crisis hotline in metro Denver is  888-885-1222.