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Columbia, Missouri is a town with multiple attractions great for the entire family. Within the city you will find beautiful locations like Shelter Gardens that has a variety of flowers, trees, shrubs, and features concerts during the summer months on Sundays.1 Here you can enjoy a great family outing or a romantic date with your significant other. For those with children and teenagers seeking a more fast-paced attraction, Empire Roller Rink may be able to meet those needs. Offering skating, hockey, and concessions, you are sure to find entertainment for hours. For families seeking to enjoy free music, be sure to check out the Twilight Festival in the months of June and September. Particularly great for the history buff who wishes to learn more about the city, the Downtown Historic Walk may prove to be a fantastic outing location where you can participate in a self-guided tour.

Mental Health in Columbia

As the site of the University of Missouri, Columbia has a large population of young people. In times of grief and loss, sharing one's experience and learning from the experiences of others can expedite the healing process. To meet the mental health needs of students who are bereaved, the University of Missouri Counseling Center offers a grief and loss support group. The group meets on a monthly basis and provides a safe place to garner peer support, as well as learn about the stages of grief. A monthly grief and loss informational workshop is also offered. Call 573-882-6601 for more information.2

To help bring about an end to suicide in Columbia and the surrounding communities, the Stuart B. Eiken Foundation created the Boone County Suicide Prevention Coalition. The coalition supports local efforts to raise awareness, implement prevention and intervention programs, and advocate on behalf of young people who struggle with depression, poor self-esteem, and other mental health issues. The coalition also focuses on helping teens build effective coping skills so they can deal with life's obstacles in a healthy manner.3

Current Education

The Columbia Public Schools is dedicated to providing the resources necessary for all students to reach their potential. The district's Center for Gifted Education facilitates the development of advanced cognitive skills in students who demonstrate higher-than-average aptitudes in academics. The center is also responsible for ensuring that students receive services that support their social and emotional growth as well.4 The district's Special Services Department oversees programs designed specifically for students with special needs. To the extent possible, disabled students are integrated into regular education classrooms to foster inclusivity and promote social wellbeing. As per district and state policy, all special education students are guaranteed a free and appropriate education up to age 21, with proper supports in place to assist students in reaching their goals.5 For further details about the Columbia Public Schools' programs, call 573-214-3400.


1. Shelter Insurance Gardens. (2017). A Mid-America Arboretum and Public Gardens. Retrieved from
2. University of Missouri. (2016). Coping With Grief and Loss. Retrieved from
3. Boone County Suicide Prevention Coalition. (2016). Boone County Suicide Prevention Coalition. Retrieved from
4. Columbia Public Schools. (2017). Center for Gifted Education. Retrieved from
5. Columbia Public Schools. (2017). Special Services. Retrieved from

Columbia is located in Boone County, Missouri. It has a land area of 64.98 square miles and a water area of 0.26 square miles.  The population of Columbia is 119,108 people with 45,024 households and a median annual income of $44,907. .

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Mental health treatment and therapy in Columbia is sometimes a struggle to afford for families and individuals without proper insurance coverage. Finances for many in Columbia are not able to cover long term weekly counseling sessions without a budgetary plan in place. The good news is that therapists are often willing to work with you if accessibility is an issue. Low cost therapy and sliding scales are just some of the options that therapists can offer. Insurance may cover your sessions as well. Talk to your counselor to learn more. Low cost counseling and affordable therapy are also sometimes offered by listed city and university level clinics, check with your local Columbia public health department.