Thousands of teens across Larimer county have told us that they really do think about mental health differently.
Let’s look at the myths that we adults still believe that kids just don’t.
Myth: Asking a person about suicide will increase the risk of suicide.
Fact: Asking someone directly about suicidal intent lowers anxiety, opens up communication, and lowers the risk of a suicide attempt.
Myth: Once a person decides to die by suicide, there is nothing anyone can do to stop them.
Fact: Suicide is the most preventable kind of death, and almost any positive action may save a life.
Myth: People considering suicide keep their plans to themselves.
Fact: Most people considering suicide communicate their intent sometime during the week preceding their attempt.
Myth: People who talk about suicide don’t do it.
Fact: Talking about suicide is a way of asking for help, even if they say things like “just joking.”
Myth: People talk about suicide just to be dramatic or get attention.
Fact: We need to take all signs seriously, even if they aren’t well communicated.
Suicide is preventable.
Know the signs.
Talk to your kids about their mental health.
Never take warning signs lightly.
Why does my teen need to learn about suicide prevention?
According to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 1 in 6 students will consider suicide. In Colorado, suicide is the leading cause of death for young people ages 10-24-years old. Chances are that during the time they are in school, they or someone they know will need mental health support. REPLY gives them information on how to and empowers them to seek help.
Get trained in suicide prevention!
QPR is a nationally recognized suicide prevention gatekeeper training for adults. ASP offers this free 60-90 minute adult suicide prevention training virtually to any interested party. This 90-minute training will teach you how to recognize if someone is in or developing a mental health crisis and how to respond. This holds the same weight as a CPR certification. Visit suicideprevent.org for more information or click the link below to sign up.
Colorado Crisis Services: (844) 493-8255 or text TALK to 38255
Colorado crisis line as trained clinical experts for crisis as well as non-crisis peer support options available.
SummitStone: (970 ) 494-4200
Walk-in clinic at the crisis center, open 8am – midnight at 1217 Riverside Ave. Fort Collins. They also have a 24/7 crisis line and a mobile unit that can assess youth where they are.
CAYAC: (970) 221-5551
“Not meant for crisis”. Matches students to therapist specifically tailored to each person.
Robbie’s Hope: (720) 633-0817
Organization run by teens, for teens. They’re not just peer support but also an organization that teaches adults and parents about the importance of mental health and how to be there for youth/their kids.
Zero Suicide Toolkit
The Toolkit uses research, tools, and videos to walk implementers through putting the Zero Suicide framework into practice.
Healthy Kids Colorado Survey
40% of Colorado High Schoolers felt sad and/or hopeless for 2 week or more in the last year.
Articles & Support
LGBTQ+ Youth & Suicide
LGBTQ+ Resources for Youth
The Trevor Project: (866) 488-7386 or text START to 678678
Available to serve all LGBTQ+ youth across the country 24/7 to chat/connect to resources in the student’s area.
SPLASH Youth of Northern Colorado
Inclusive Youth Groups, Special Events, Resources, Connections and more.