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Suicide Hotline Phone Numbers

Colorado Crisis and Support Line 1-844-493-TALK (1-844-493-8255)

Metro Crisis Line



National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255)

1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433)


National Spanish Speaking Suicide Hotline

1-800-273-TALK *Press 2 (1-800-273-8255 *Press 2)

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline TTY

1-800-799-4TTY (1-800-799-4889)

National LGBT Youth Suicide Hotline

1-866-4-U-TREVOR (1-866-488-7386)


Colorado School Safety Resource Center Created Suicide Prevention Materials

NEW  Resources for Youth Suicide Prevention and Intervention - A Guide for Schools (Compiled by CSSRC) 
  •  This guide includes a variety of resources that address suicide prevention and intervention for youth. It is a compilation of information and not an endorsement of any specific program or services.

  • This guide provides information resources for further investigation by a district and/or school before implementation in their community. Any program should be considered with adequate staff training and available school and community intervention resources. This information was updated in June 2014 and may be subject to change.

Youth Suicide Risk Factors and Warning Signs
  • Created by the Colorado School Safety Resource Center (July 2014)

Other Suicide Materials

After a Suicide Loss: A Toolkit for Schools 
  • Produced by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) 2011
  • A free resource to help schools cope in the aftermath of a suicide.  Developed in consultation with national experts, this toolkit is a highly-practical resource for schools facing real-time crises, and is applicable for diverse populations and communities.  It includes general guidelines for action, do’s and don’ts, templates and sample materials, and covers topics such as Crisis Response, Working with the Community, Memorialization, Social Media, Suicide Contagion and Bringing in Outside Help.
  • To learn more about other AFSP programs and resources for schools, go to www.afsp.org/schools.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
NEW Colorado Crisis and Support Line
  • Colorado opened its first statewide mental health hotline in the summer of 2014, the Colorado Crisis and Support Line. The service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and provides crisis counseling and resource referral from trained professionals and peer specialists for Coloradans experiencing a mental health crisis or with a loved one in crisis. The toll-free number is 844-493-TALK (8255).
Colorado Office of Suicide Prevention
  • The Colorado Office of Suicide Prevention, on office of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), provides information about programs and activities and public awareness materials to Colorado residents free of charge.
  • NEW Suicide Prevention Resources for Colorado Middle and High Schools, published June 2014
    • The development of this online resource is the result of a joint venture between the Office of Suicide Prevention (OSP) in the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) and the Suicide Prevention Coalition of Colorado (SPCC). The purpose of this compilation is to provide useable information about suicide prevention in schools which can be accessed by any concerned person who works in a school setting (i.e. teachers, psychologists, principals, students themselves), and to help them better understand the risk factors, signs and symptoms of suicide.
Developmental Disabilities and Suicide
  • Article from the American Association of Suicidology
  • "Putting Developmental Disability on the Suicide Prevention Agenda"
Douglas County Public Safety Videos
  • Released December 2012 by Douglas County Sheriff's Office, Douglas County School District, and Douglas County Government 
  • "Signs" and "Tape" for teens
  • "Cowboy" and "Lost" for men
  • "Tug of War" for women
Injury Control Research Center for Suicide Prevention (ICRC-S)
  • The Injury Control Research Center for Suicide Prevention (ICRC-S) is a center-without-walls that promotes a public health approach to suicide prevention through a collaborative process of research, outreach, and education. Our goal is to draw suicide prevention directly into the domain of public health and injury prevention and link it to complementary approaches to mental health.
  • The Injury Control Research Center for Suicide Prevention (ICRC-S) is a collaboration of the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) and the Education Development Center (EDC). Both organizations have extensive experience in addressing suicide and suicide prevention. URMC directs the Center for the Study and Prevention of Suicide (CSPS), and EDC operates the national Suicide Prevention Resource Center.
Media Response to Suicide Training Guide
  • Created August 2011, by the Colorado Office of Suicide Prevention
  • Provides guidance and support to deliver Suicide Prevention Key Messages in an interview realted to suicide
NEW Model School District Policy on Suicide Prevention: Model Language, Commentary, and Resources  
National Strategy for Suicide Prevention, 2012
  • A report of the US Surgeon General and the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention

  • The revised strategy emphasizes the role every American can play in protecting friends, family members, and colleagues from suicide. It also provides guidance that takes into account nearly a decade of research and other advancements in the field since the last strategy was published. The strategy includes 13 goals and 60 objectives across four strategic directions: wellness and empowerment; prevention services; treatment and support services; and surveillance, research, and evaluation.

  • The audience for the strategy includes prevention professionals, researchers, community coalitions, educators, media, policymakers, program planners, administrators, project managers, and public health professionals, among others.

  • Overview of National Strategy for Suicide Prevention

National Suicide Prevention Campaign for Teens, ReachOut.com
  • created by SAMHSA, Ad Council, and Inspire USA Foundation
  • Suicide is the Third Leading Cause of Death Among 15- to 24-Year-Olds
  • We Can Help Us campaign empowers teens by reminding them that there are ways to get through whatever problems they face.
  • Web site features stories from teens, as well as tips to help cope with tough issues and links to resources, including the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, for teens who need immediate help. The PSAs will be distributed widely in the national media this week.
  • To view more details about the campaign, please visit SAMHSA's Web site or the Ad Council Website.



The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
  • The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a 24-hour, toll-free suicide prevention service available to anyone in suicidal crisis. If you or someone you know needs help, please dial 1-800-273-TALK (8255). With more than 130 crisis centers across the country, the mission is to provide immediate assistance to anyone seeking mental health services.
  • This site provides materials to spread the word about the Lifeline. These materials can easily be customized with your organization's logo and contact information.
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)
  • Juvenile Suicide in Confinement: A National Survey 
    • Published February 2009. The primary goals of this first national survey on juvenile suicides in confinement (juvenile detention centers, reception centers, training schools, ranches, camps, and farms) were to determine the extent and distribution of such suicides and to obtain descriptive data on the demographic characteristics of each victim, incident characteristics, and the characteristics of the juvenile facility in which the suicide occurred.
  • NEW Suicidal Thoughts and Behaviors Among Detained Youth
    • Published July 2014. This bulletin examines rates of suicidal ideation and behaviors, the relationship between suicide attempts and psychiatric disorders, and differences by gender and race/ethnicity.
Preventing Suicide: A Toolkit for High Schools 
  • Created by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in June, 2012.
  • Assists high schools and school districts in designing and implementing strategies to prevent suicide and promote behavioral health. Includes tools to implement a multi-faceted suicide prevention program that responds to the needs and cultures of students.
Reach Out - Preventing Teen Suicide
  • Brief video produced by the Mayo Clinic in June 2013.
  • This positive music video encourages troubled teens to communicate with an adult for support and depicts how teens can talk to adults in a variety of situations.
Recent Victimization Exposure and Suicidal Ideation in Adolescents 
  • Published in October, 2012 in Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine.
  • A team that studied the association between victimization and suicidal ideation concluded that it is important to assess young people who are believed to be at risk for suicidal ideation for a history of recent victimization and to assess young people who have histories of recent victimization for suicide risk. The team explored the relationship between victimization over the past year with self-reported suicidal ideation in the past month in children 10-17 years of age.
  • The data analysis revealed that four aggregate categories of victimization experiences by young people are associated with an increased risk of suicidal ideation:
    • Peer victimization
    • Sexual assault
    • Maltreatment by a caregiver (including physical and sexual maltreatment, as well as neglect)
    • Witnessing family violence
Recommendations for Reporting on Suicide (pdf) | en Español
  • The Recommendations for Reporting on Suicide were developed by leading experts in suicide prevention and in collaboration with several international suicide prevention and public health organizations, schools of journalism, media organizations and key journalists as well as Internet safety experts. The recommendations are based on more than 50 international studies on suicide contagion.
  • Media and online coverage of suicide should be informed by using best practices. Some suicide deaths may be newsworthy. However, the way media covers suicide can influence behavior negatively by contributing to contagion or positively by encouraging help-seeking.
Recommendations for Suicide Prevention and Related Risk Behaviors 
  • By Mary Margaret Kerr, Ed.D., Professor of Child Psychiatry, Psychology in Education, and Administrative Policy Studies; Founding Co-Director, Services for Teens at Risk for Suicide (STAR-Center), University of Pittsburgh
  • Watch a recorded livestream of Dr. Kerr discussing this report at the Youth Suicide Prevention and Intervention Symposium, November 29, 2012.
Recorded Livestream of Dr. Russell Copelan discussing Youth Nonideation Suicidality
Responding to a Cry for Help: Best Practices for Online Technologies
Rural Solutions
  • Rural Solutions is a coalition of grassroots organizations, mental health providers, social services departments, handicapped services, public health, Area Agency on Aging and elected officials.
  • They work to coordinate health and human service needs assessments and program development in ten counties in Northeast Colorado. These counties include: Cheyenne, Elbert, Kit Carson, Lincoln, Logan, Morgan, Phillips, Sedgwick, Washington and Yuma.
  • The LifeSource Project is a program of Rural Solutions, a non-profit organization serving Northeast Colorado.  In 2009, Rural Solutions formed the Second Wind Fund of Northeast Colorado to focus specifically on youth suicide prevention in this region. The program was renamed LifeSource Project to support all of the suicide prevention programs.
  • LifeSource Project removes financial barriers for youth at-risk for suicide to get the help that they need. Our community has shown its depth of understanding around the issue of youth suicide through their support for the LifeSource Project.
  • LifeSource Project Referral Guidelines 
  • LifeSource Project Referral Form
Second Wind Fund
  • Second Wind Fund offers actual treatment services to at-risk children and youth. Second Wind Fund has built an innovative program to urgently match children and youth ages 19 and younger, who are at risk of suicide, with a licensed therapist in their local community.
  • Referrals are typically made by school mental health staff (School Counselors, Social Workers or Psychologists) and sometimes by other mental health professionals. Home schooled youth or those no longer attending school are also eligible. If the referred youth is at risk for suicide and does not have adequate insurance or the means to pay for the necessary mental health treatment, the cost of therapy is paid for by Second Wind Fund.
  • Eligibility Requirements and Making a Referral
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Suicide Prevention Coalition of Colorado (SPCC)
  • The Suicide Prevention Coalition of Colorado was formed in 1999, when concerned citizens set out to create a statewide agency with the purpose of preventing suicide and creating a resource network for those who were working to prevent suicide around the state. Today, SPCC’s membership of concerned agencies, organizations and individuals who are working in the areas of suicide prevention, intervention and postvention has statewide reach.
  • Suicide and Mental Health Resources by Colorado County
  • NEW Suicide Prevention Resources for Colorado Middle and High Schools, published June 2014
    • The development of this online resource is the result of a joint venture between the Office of Suicide Prevention (OSP) in the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) and the Suicide Prevention Coalition of Colorado (SPCC). The purpose of this compilation is to provide useable information about suicide prevention in schools which can be accessed by any concerned person who works in a school setting (i.e. teachers, psychologists, principals, students themselves), and to help them better understand the risk factors, signs and symptoms of suicide.
 Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) 
  • The Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) provides prevention support, training, and resources to schools and individuals to develop suicide prevention programs, interventions and policies, and to advance the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention.
  • The Best Practices Registry for suicide prevention (published as a collaboration between the Suicide Prevention Resource Center and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention). The registry is funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
  • Help Seeking by Young People, based on "Associations between suicidal high school students' help-seeking and their attitudes and perceptions of social environment," Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 2012.
    • The reluctance of teens to seek help is not simple embarrassment or a lack of information, but often based on their perceptions – accurate or not – of whether asking for help will result in assistance that effectively addresses their problems.
To Live to See the Great Day that Dawns: Preventing Suicide by American Indian and Alaska Native Youth and Young Adults
  • Created by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in 2010.
  • The purpose of this guide is to support AI/AN communities and those who serve them in developing effective, culturally appropriate suicide prevention plans. Its intended users include Tribal and Village leaders, Elders, healers, and youth activists; State and county injury and suicide prevention program leaders; community organizers and program directors; school administrators; and other community members. In short, this guide is for everyone who has a stake in the health and well-being of AI/AN youth and young adults.
The Trevor Project 







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