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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.
Convened by our agency since 2015, the Youth Suicide Prevention (YSP) Workgroup works with community partners to take collective action to support youth mental health, well-being and suicide prevention. Since its inception in 2015, the YSP Workgroup has had over 90 partner agencies, community members and parents contribute to this community work.
Through collaboration within our diverse communities, we equip and support youth in all stages in their social and emotional growth to increase resiliency and reduce suicide.
Suicide prevention is everyone's business and everyone is welcome at the table.
For more information on the Youth Suicide Prevention Workgroup or to get involved, please contact:
Brittany Riffle, MSW
Youth Resilience and Suicide Prevention Planner
El Paso County Public Health
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:
How can you respond?
If you notice any of these warning signs in anyone, you can help!
For someone with an immediate life-threatening emergency, dial 9-1-1 for assistance.
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