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Courtesy Colorado Health Institute                    The above figures are taken from a statewide survey conducted in 2017.
Courtesy Colorado Health Institute The above figures are taken from a statewide survey conducted in 2017.

(Editor’s note: This article is the third in a three-part series examining mental health problems and available services in the Gunnison Valley.)

As the mother of an adopted 5-year-old boy, Jane White recognized early on that her son, John, likely would face challenges for much of his life. While John would experience periods of normal functioning, there were also times of instability and rage. That rage led to more isolation for John.

The names of both mother and son have been changed for the purpose of this article.

“He’s big,” said Jane. “And when he’s out of control, he can appear threatening.”

John enrolled at Western Colorado University. Almost immediately, his behavior was noted by faculty and friends.

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