Youth suicide prevention
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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. Suicide is always a complex issue, and suicide is never the result of one cause. The complexity of suicide holds true for youth, as well as for adults, where suicide risk is a culmination of various factors, and never the result of just one cause.
Youth mental health and suicide prevention
Youth and Young Adult Suicide Prevention Resources, Programs, and Partners
The leading national organization that provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ+) young people ages 13-24. Hotline is available 24/7/365: 1-866-488-7386
Assists in creating safe, positive, and successful school environments for Colorado students in all pre K-12 and higher education schools. “Suicide Risk Factors and Warning Signs Course”
A Colorado-based nonprofit that removes financial and social barriers to provide treatment for youth (up to age 19) experiencing thoughts of suicide.
Designed to teach adults how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis.
This annual legislative report for data on youth suicide and prevention recommendations provides more information on suicide among Coloradans under 18.
A proven five-phase change process that uses prevention science to promote healthy youth development, improve youth outcomes, and reduce problem behaviors.
Resources and information related to suicide prevention.
A nonprofit organization that focuses on suicide prevention through innovative programs, educating the public, raising funds for suicide research and programs, and reaching out to those who have lost someone to suicide.
A mental health organization with a mission to build communities of recovery and hope by educating, supporting, and advocating for individuals and their families affected by mental illness.
A nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that advocates for the more than one million Coloradans who experience a mental health or substance use disorder each year.
This nonprofit’s mission is to reduce suicide and its impact for all Coloradans through advocacy, collaboration, and education.
Provides young people an anonymous way to report any threatening behaviors or activities endangering themselves or someone they know.
School-Based Programs and Resources for Youth and Young Adults
Comprehensive suicide prevention includes working across all organizations and systems to support those who are in suicidal despair, which includes (but should not exclusively be the responsibility of) schools.
Classroom behavior management game providing a strategy to help elementary teachers reduce aggressive, disruptive behavior and other behavioral problems in children, while creating a positive and effective learning environment.
Resilience-building program that takes an upstream approach geared toward 5th graders.
Middle and High School
A best-practice, upstream school suicide prevention program that emphasizes resilience and positive youth development.
Colorado School Safety Resource Center (CSSRC)’s “Resources for Youth Suicide Prevention and Intervention”
Positive school climate toolkit for public health practitioners
A blueprint for school mental health services that includes strategies for implementing, funding, and sustaining mental health services in schools.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA) provides schools with resources related to preventing youth suicide.
A postvention guide (after a suicide death) for schools.
The Healthy Schools Hub is a place were Colorado schools can access a plethora of resources, training opportunities, events and curriculum.
An online course through CO-Train that provides an overview of common risk factors and warning signs of youth suicide and how school staff members can support students.
Higher Education Mental Health Alliance’s “Postvention: A Guide for Response to Suicide on College Campuses”
A guide for college campuses after a suicide death has occurred.
An innovative digital tool that serves as a comprehensive resource hub for students.
Beyond the School System
Gatekeeper training teaches people to identify individuals who are showing warning signs of suicide risk and to help these individuals get the services they need.
Provides evidence-based best practice examples of policies and approaches that can create a more family-friendly workplace.
Play a key role in prioritizing prevention activities, promoting best practice interventions, and making connections within the community following a suicide death.
Contribute to suicide prevention by increasing hope, supporting emotional well-being, and fostering the development of positive social connections.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Colorado Crisis Services (1-844-493-8255)
Services the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255) for Colorado callers. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is made up of call centers around the country, and its website contains additional helpful information pertinent to suicide prevention in the USA.
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The Office of Suicide Prevention works to prevent suicide for Colorado’s youth and young adults through upstream prevention, prevention, intervention, and postvention. Learn more about the youth suicide prevention work being done in Colorado through a federal Garrett Lee Smith (GLS) Youth Suicide Prevention Grant, and contact Lena.Heilmann@state.co.us with questions. To learn more about the Suicide Prevention Commission, email Emily.Fine@state.co.us.