Suicide is the leading cause of death for youth ages 10 to 17 in Colorado. In El Paso County, which includes the City of Colorado Springs, deaths by suicide among youth under the age of 18 increased in recent years, from seven deaths in 2014 to 15 in 2016 and 13 in 2017.
Taking Community Action: Youth Suicide Prevention Workgroup
El Paso County Public Health convenes a work group of nearly 90 community partners to take collective action in support of youth mental health and suicide prevention.
- Identify community needs and assets
- Improve community networking and partnerships
- Develop an action plan for comprehensive, community-driven strategies to prevent youth suicide
Suicide prevention is everyone's business and everyone is welcome at the table.
- No experience is necessary
- Members are asked to attend meetings, share your ideas, and take action in an area that meets your interest
- Members will benefit from free training and workshops, networking, and alignment with other community resources
For more information on the Youth Suicide Prevention Workgroup or to get involved, please contact:
Youth Health and Development Planner
El Paso County Public Health
Teen Suicide Prevention Planner
El Paso County Public Health
Suicide Prevention is Everyone's Business
No single intervention or prevention program can prevent all suicides. Suicide is most effectively prevented by a comprehensive approach through implementation of programs across all ages and settings. Suicide prevention is everyone's business.
What are the warning signs of suicide?
If you are concerned about someone, ask yourself the following questions. Have they shown or shared any of the following:
- Talking about wanting to die, be dead, or about suicide, or are they cutting or burning themselves?
- Feeling like things may never get better, seeming like they are in terrible emotional pain (like something is wrong deep inside but they can't make it go away), or they are struggling to deal with a big loss in their life?
- Or is your gut telling you to be worried because they have withdrawn from everyone and everything, have become more anxious or on edge, seem unusually angry, or just don't seem normal to you?
How can you respond?
If you notice any of these warning signs in anyone, you can help!
- Ask if they are okay or if they are having thoughts about suicide
- Express your concern about what you are observing in their behavior
- Listen closely and do not judge
- Reflect what they share and let them know they have been heard
- Tell them they are not alone
- Let them know there are resources available that can help
- If you or they are concerned, guide them to additional professional help
For someone with an immediate life-threatening emergency, dial 9-1-1 for assistance.
Colorado Crisis Services Hotline: Get connected to a crisis counselor or trained professional 24//7 who will assess risk and determine if a mobile response is necessary.
- Call 1-844-493-8255, or text "TALK" to 38255
Crisis Stabilization Units
There is a crisis stabilization unit in Colorado Springs where individuals may receive immediate help at no charge 24/7.
- 115 S. Parkside Dr., Colorado Springs, CO 80909-6071
- Responding to Behavioral Health Concerns in El Paso County
- Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Office of Suicide Prevention
- Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Youth and Young Adult Suicide Prevention
- American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
- Colorado Crisis Services
- Below the Surface
- Protecting Youth From Suicide: Written by Local Parents for All Parents
- Tips for Parents: Preventing Youth Suicide
- Why You Should Talk to Kids About Suicide
- Recommendations for reporting on suicide: Guidelines for Journalists
- Mental Health First Aid/Youth Mental Health First Aid
- Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)
- Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR)