Suicide Prevention 

 

Warning Signs of Suicide

The behaviors listed below may be indications someone is thinking about suicide.  If these warning signs apply to you or someone you know, get help as soon as possible, particularly if the behavior is new or recently has increased.

Talking About:

  • Wanting to die
  • Great guilt or shame
  • Being burden to others

Changing Behavior, such as:

  • Making a plan or researching how to die
  • Signs of depression
  • Sadness
  • Loss of sleep or excessive sleep
  • Loss of appetite or overeating
  • Sense of hopelessness or worthlessness
  • Noticable change in behavior
  • Alcohol or drug use
  • Decline in performance of work, school or other activities

Risk Factors:

  • Previous suicide attempt
  • Loss of health (real or imagined)
  • Divorce, seperation or broken relationship
  • Death or terminal illness of a loved one

Do’s:

  • Take suicide threats seriously
  • Ask questions
  • Listen in a non-judgemental way – “I’m here for you” “Let’s take”
  • Take action – get individual connected with professional help

Feelings:

  • Empty, homeless, trapped or having no reason to live
  • Extremely sad, more anxious, agitated or full of rage
  • Unbearable emotional or physical pain

  • Display extreme mood swings
  • Reckless behaviour
  • Giving away favorite possessions
  • Purchase of gun or pills
  • Sudden happiness or prolonged depression
  • Preoccupation with death or dying
  • Withdrawal from friend or family, saying goodbye, giving away important items, making a will
  • Statements like, “you won’t have to worry about me anymore,” or “I want to go to sleep and never wake up.”
  • Threats of suicide

  • Loss of job home money
  • Family history of suicide
  • Depression
  • Someone close to the individual has completed suicide

Dont’s:

  • Do not keep suicide threats a secret
  • Do not act shocked or condemn
  • Do not point out how much better off they are than others
  • Do not interject your own problems or feelings
  • Do not suggest drugs or alcohol as a solution
  • Do not minimize the persons feelings and do not offer simple solutions
  • Do not leave the person alone
  • Do not try to be a therapist – get professional help

National Resources

This resource provides references to sources within the National Institutes of Health database on issues related to Suicide Prevention.

Dedicated to the understanding and prevention of suicide. The American Association of Suicidology is an education and resource organization.

Find organizations, articles, and other resources that American Indian and Alaska Native Communities can use to strengthen suicide prevention efforts.

Information on government suicide prevention efforts, news, events and links to important prevention publications.

AFSP raises awareness, funds scientific research and provides resources and aid to those affected by suicide.

Colorado Statewide Resources

Need Help Now call 1-844-493-8255 or Text “TALK” 38255

Colorado Crisis Services is the statewide behavioral health crisis response system offering residents mental health, substance use or emotional crisis help, information and referrals. Its mission is to strengthen Colorado’s mental health system by providing Coloradans with greater access to crisis services wherever they are at 24/7/365 regardless of ability to pay.

The Colorado Behavioral Healthcare Council maintains an extensive list of Mental Health Centers (MHCs) in Colorado. Go to their website for more information.

The Office of Behavioral Health (OBH) administers the two state mental health hospitals, purchases services to prevent and treat mental health and substance use disorders through contracts with behavioral health providers, regulates the public behavioral health system, and provides training, technical assistance, evaluation, data analysis, prevention services and administrative support to behavioral health providers and relevant stakeholders.

Information and resources for Suicide Prevention

Mental Health Colorado advocates for the more than one million Coloradans who experience a mental health or substance use disorder each year. We engage policymakers, providers, the public, and the press to promote early intervention, expand access to affordable services, and eradicate stigma and discrimination. Our efforts range from the Capitol to the classroom.

Colorado Resources by County/City

AllHealth Network provides behavioral health and mental health services for all stages of life including outpatient counseling for Children and Families, Adults, and Older Adults. We offer a full range of services tailored to the unique mental health and substance use needs of different age groups.

Serving: Telehealth, Castle Rock, Centennial, DTC, Highlands Ranch, Littleton, Parker & Other Front Range Locations

Arapahoe County recognizes suicide is a serious public health issue that can have lasting harmful effects on you, your family, friends, co-workers and the community. The causes are complex but our goal of suicide prevention is simple. We want to help individuals realize that suicide is not the answer and that help is out there.

Resources and information will be available at County buildings. Citizens are encouraged to wear a yellow ribbon to raise awareness that can make a difference in someone’s life.

Serving: Arapahoe County

Aspen Pointe offers both Walk-in Centers and a short-term inpatient facility offering treatment for acute mental health issues. Our continuum of care enables patients a seamless and smooth transition to outpatient care to ensure a successful recovery.

Serving: The greater Colorado Springs Region Including El Paso, Teller and Park Counties.

Aurora Mental Health Center is committed to creating healthy and secure communities by providing the least restrictive service that ensures quality, appropriate, and efficient care.

Serving: Aurora

Your mind and body are connected, and so is our health system. Therefore, our integrated health care combines primary care, counseling, psychiatry, substance use treatment and dental care. Providing Health care since 1960.

Serving: Archuleta, Dolores, La Plata, Montezuma, and San Juan.

Centennial Mental Health Center (CMHC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing the highest quality comprehensive mental health services

Serving:

  • Northeast: Logan, Sedgwick, and Phillips counties
  • Central: Yuma, Washington, and Morgan counties
  • South: Elbert, Lincoln, Kit Carson, and Cheyenne Counties

The Center for Mental Health has been providing behavioral health services since 1964.

Serving: Delta, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Montrose, Ouray, and San Miguel Counties

As your community mental health center, we create a welcoming, safe and supportive environment that connects our programs and services to each individual’s needs. We offer a patient centered continuum of care designed to deliver service when and where patients need them most.

Serving: Adams County

Health Solutions is a comprehensive, non-profit community medical and behavioral health treatment provider.

Serving: Pueblo, Huerfano and Las Animas counties in Southern Colorado.

To inspire hope, improve lives and strengthen our community by providing mental health and related solutions for individuals and families.

Serving: Jefferson, Gilpin, and Clear Creek counties

Enriching Lives and Minds by Focusing on Strengths and Well-Being
This is our mission, and it’s founded on our philosophy that people can, and do, recover from mental illness and that treatment works.

Serving: The City and County of Denver

In alignment with our mission — Healing is our purpose. Help is our promise. Health is our passion. — Mental Health Partners (MHP) provides immediate access to expert mental health and substance use care so people can enjoy healthy and fulfilling lives. Our vision is for Healthy minds. Healthy lives. Healthy communities.

Serving: Boulder and Broomfield Counties

Provides mental health services for yourself or loved one that is available, accessible and affordable.

Serving: Aspen, Craig, Eagle, Frisco, Glenwood Springs, Granby, Grand Junction, Meeker, Rangely, Steamboat Springs, Vail, Walden/Jackson

Provides compassionate, comprehensive care for people who face mental health and addiction challenges.

Serving: Weld County

During our organization’s 49 year history we have built our system to ensure the survival and vitality of behavioral health services in the San Luis Valley.

Serving: Alamosa, Monte Vista, Center, Antonito, La Jara, and San Luis.

A healthcare provider staffed by caring professionals, serving local needs, helping people get well and stay healthy – physically and mentally.

Serving: Fremont, Chaffee, Lake and Custer Counties with offices in Canon City, Salida, Buena Vista, Leadville and Westcliffe

SHG offers a broad range of health care services to adults, children and families. We provide 24-hour, seven-day-a-week behavioral health crisis intervention and assessment. Our caring and competent staff is skilled in the head-to-toe assessment and treatment of a variety of physical and emotional problems, including depression, addiction, anxiety, trauma, children’s issues, relationship issues, severe and persistent mental illnesses, primary care and physical therapy. We take an integrated approach and coordinate care with other medical providers in the region.

Serving: Baca, Bent, Crowley, Kiowa, Otero and Prowers

SHG offers a broad range of health care services to adults, children and families. We provide 24-hour, seven-day-a-week behavioral health crisis intervention and assessment. Our caring and competent staff is skilled in the head-to-toe assessment and treatment of a variety of physical and emotional problems, including depression, addiction, anxiety, trauma, children’s issues, relationship issues, severe and persistent mental illnesses, primary care and physical therapy. We take an integrated approach and coordinate care with other medical providers in the region.

Serving: Baca, Bent, Crowley, Kiowa, Otero and Prowers