Youth suicide prevention

Suicide is a leading cause of death for Colorado’s youth and young adults. The encouraging news is that there are many effective suicide prevention programs that can bring hope, connectedness, and recovery to young people struggling with thoughts of suicide.
Need help now? Call
1-800-273-TALK (8255) Suicide Prevention Lifeline
1-844-493-TALK (8255) Colorado Crisis & Support Line
and you’ll be connected to a skilled, trained counselor at a crisis center in your area, anytime 24/7.
If you or someone you know is at risk of suicide, get help now
  • Safe-Guard Your Home-A Guide to Suicide Prevention at Home: youth handout.
  • The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24. Need help now? The Trevor Project hotline is available 24/7: 1-866-488-7386.
  • Safe2Tell provides young people a way to report any threatening behaviors or activities endangering themselves or someone they know, in a way that keeps them safe and anonymous. By calling 1-877-542-7233 or submitting a tip through Safe2Tell's website, young people can help anyone who's in trouble or prevent a tragedy.
  • The American Association of Suicidology promotes research, public awareness programs, public education and training for professionals and volunteers. AAS also serves as a national clearinghouse for information on suicide.
  • The National Association of School Psychologists empowers school psychologists by advancing effective practices to improve students’ learning, behavior and mental health.
Push to get suicide prevention resources in your local schools
  • The School Mental Health Toolkit is a blueprint for school mental health services and will guide community members, schools, local leaders, and districts through 10 best practices, including strategies for implementing, funding, and sustaining mental health services in schools.
  • Sources of Strength is a best-practice school suicide prevention program that emphasizes resilience and positive youth development.
  • The Colorado School Safety Resource Center provides free consultation, resources, training and technical assistance to foster safe and secure learning environments, positive school climates and early intervention to prevent crisis situations.
  • Has your school recently lost a student to suicide? Use the American Association of Suicidology's After a Suicide: A Tool Kit for Schools resource guide.
  • Second Wind Fund decreases the incidence of teen suicide nationally by removing financial and social barriers to treatment for at-risk youth and working to create a network of local affiliates to provide such services in their own communities.
  • This Toolkit provides schools with resources related to preventing youth suicide.
For more information on suicide among Coloradans under 18, read the Child Fatality Prevention System annual legislative report for data on youth suicide and prevention recommendations.