Youth and Young Adult Suicide Prevention

If you need immediate help, please call 1-844-493-8255 to reach Colorado Crisis Services, and you’ll be connected to a skilled, trained counselor 24/7/365.

 

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 Materials

Mental Health and Suicide Prevention How to Talk to Children and Youth

Mental Health and Suicide Prevention How to Talk to Children and Youth Spanish

LGBTQ Youth Brochure

Youth Brochure

Safeguard Your Home Brochure

Safeguard Your Home Spanish Brochure

 

Youth and Young Adult Suicide Prevention

 

Resources, Programs, and Partners

The Trevor Project

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.Hotlineis available 24/7/365: 1-866-488-7386

Colorado School Safety Resource Center (CSSRC)

Assists in creating safe, positive, and successful school environments for Colorado students in allpre K-12and higher education schools.“Suicide Risk Factors and Warning Signs Course”

Second Wind Fund

A Colorado-based nonprofit that removes financial and social barriers to provide treatment for youth (up to age 19) experiencing thoughts of suicide.

Youth Mental Health First Aid

Designed to teach adults how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addiction challenge or is in crisis.

The Child Fatality Prevention System

This annual legislative report for data on youth suicide and prevention recommendations provides more information on suicide among Coloradans under 18.

Communities that Care

A proven five-phase change process that uses prevention science to promote healthy youth development, improve youth outcomes, and reduce problem behaviors.

The Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC)

Resources and information related to suicide prevention.

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) -- Colorado Chapter

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.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Colorado

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.

Mental Health Colorado

A nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that advocates for the more than one million Coloradans who experience a mental health or substance use disorder each year.

The Suicide Prevention Coalition of Colorado (SPCC)

This nonprofit’s mission is to reduce suicide and its impact for all Coloradans through advocacy, collaboration, and education.

Safe2Tell(1-877-7233)

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.

 

SIM Call to Action: School Edition

An overview of CDPHE's recommendations to educators and school administrators from its State Innovation Model (SIM) Population Health Workgroup.

 

Elementary School

The Good Behavior Game

Classroom behavior management game providing a strategy to help elementary teachers reduce aggressive, disruptive behavior and other behavioral problems in childrenwhile creating a positive and effective learning environment.

Riding the Waves

Resilience-building program that takes an upstream approach geared toward 5th graders.

 

 Middle and High School

Sources of Strength

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

School Climate Toolkit

Positive school climate toolkit for public health practitioners

The School Mental Health Toolkit

A blueprint for school mental health services that includes strategies for implementing, funding, and sustaining mental health services in schools.

“Preventing Suicide: A Toolkit for High Schools”

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA)provides schools with resources related to preventing youth suicide.

The “After a Suicide: A Toolkit for Schools – 2nd Edition”

A postvention guide (after a suicide death) for schools.

The Hub

The Healthy Schools Hub is a place were Colorado schools can access a plethora of resources, training opportunities, eventsandcurriculum.

Suicide Risk Factors and Warning Signs” course

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

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.

You @ College

An innovative digital tool that serves as a comprehensive resource hub for students.

 

Adults working with School-Aged Youth

 

Resources

Suicide and Social Media: A tip sheet for parents and providers

The American Association of Suicidology (AAS) has created this tipsheet for adults to support youth engagement with social media.

The Hub

The Healthy Schools Hub is a place were Colorado schools can access a plethora of resources, training opportunities, events and curriculum.

Suicide Risk Factors and Warning Signs

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.

An 8-minute video by Attorney General Cynthia Coffman on FERPA and information sharing

 

Beyond the School System

 

Resources

GatekeeperTrainings

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.

Family Friendly Toolkit

Provides evidence-based best practice examples of policies and approaches that can create a more family-friendly workplace.

Health systems

crucial partner in comprehensive suicide prevention, including primary care and the Zero Suicide commitment.

Local public health departments

Play a key role in prioritizing prevention activities, promoting best practice interventions, and making connections within the community following a suicide death.

Faith-based groups

Contribute to suicide prevention by increasing hope, supporting emotional well-being, and fostering the development of positive social connections.

 

Colorado Crisis Services and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

 

Resources and Phone Number

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 us with questions.