Suicide Prevention

Need help now? Call: 1-800-273-TALK (8255) and you'll be connected to a skilled, trained counselor at a crisis center in your area, anytime 24/7.

Has your school recently lost a student to suicide? Use the American Association of Suicidology's After a Suicide: A Tool Kit for Schools resource guide.

See below for additional resources for suicide prevention:

Office of Suicide Prevention, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

Colorado Crisis Services

The Trevor Project
The leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24. Need help now? The Trevor Project hotline is available 24/7: 1-866-488-7386.

Provides young people a way to report any threatening behaviors or activities endangering themselves or someone they know, in a way that keeps them safe and anonymous. This program is based on the Columbine Commission Report’s recommendation that students need a safe and anonymous way to keep lines of communication open. The commission realized tragedies could be prevented if young people had a way to tell someone what they knew without fearing retaliation. By calling 1-877-542-7233 or submitting a tip through Safe2Tell's website, young people can help anyone who's in trouble or prevent a tragedy.

Sources of Strength
A best-practice school suicide prevention program that emphasizes resilience and positive youth development. Sources of Strength utilizes the power of peer social networks to change unhealthy norms and culture and ultimately prevent suicide, bullying and substance abuse. The program is designed to prevent suicide by increasing help seeking behaviors and connections between peers and caring adults with a focus on Hope, Help and Strength. Sources of Strength takes a different approach in youth suicide prevention by moving beyond a singular focus on risk factors through building multiple sources of support around young individuals so that when times get hard they have strengths to rely on.

Provides free consultation, resources, training and technical assistance to foster safe and secure learning environments, positive school climates, and early intervention to prevent crisis situations. We support schools and local agencies in their efforts to prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from all types of emergencies and crisis situations.

Decreases the incidence of teen suicide nationally by removing financial and social barriers to treatment for at-risk youth and working to create a network of local affiliates to provide such services in their own communities. SWF actively seeks to promote access, equity, and inclusiveness. SWF helps children and youth at-risk of suicide by connecting them with experienced, licensed therapists when they have no other access to such care.

American Association of Suicidology (AAS)
AAS is a membership organization for all those involved in suicide prevention and intervention, or touched by suicide. AAS is a leader in the advancement of scientific and programmatic efforts in suicide prevention through research, education and training, the development of standards and resources, and survivor support services.

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP)
AFSP is the nation’s leading organization bringing together people across communities and backgrounds to understand and prevent suicide, and to help heal the pain it causes. Individuals, families, and communities who have been personally touched by suicide are the moving force behind everything they do. The Colorado Chapter of AFSP was chartered in June 2012. The Chapter serves Colorado by bringing suicide prevention and awareness programs and survivor support initiatives to communities across the state.

Carson J Spencer Foundation
The Carson J. Spencer Foundation delivers innovative and effective suicide prevention programs for working-aged people, coaches young leaders to develop social enterprises for mental health promotion and suicide prevention, and supports people bereaved by suicide.

LivingWorks Education Inc.
LivingWorks is the suicide intervention training company. Having been leaders in the field of suicide for over twenty-five years, they believe suicide can be prevented and communities made suicide-safer. They design, develop, and deliver programs of the highest quality. LivingWorks’ programs are standardized, conducted by local trainers, and can be tailored to each community.
  • The Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) workshop is for caregivers who want to feel more comfortable, confident and competent in helping to prevent the immediate risk of suicide.
  • safeTALK is about three hours in duration, is a training that prepares anyone over the age of 15 to identify persons with thoughts of suicide and connect them to suicide first aid resources. Most people with thoughts of suicide invite help to stay safe.
Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide
SPTS is committed to remaining at the lead of the important, cutting-edge work of expanding the current youth suicide prevention programs to include a focus on “upstream” approaches. SPTS has resources available for teens, parents, and educators including this video for parents, “Not My Kid: What Every Parent Should Know About Teen Suicide.

Suicide Prevention Coalition of Colorado
The Suicide Prevention Coalition of Colorado (SPCC) works with its network of organizations and individuals to ensure everyone in Colorado has access to the best resources, educational opportunities, and advocacy efforts through advocacy, collaboration, and education. SPCC’s purpose is to prevent suicide and create a resource network for those who are working to prevent suicide around the state. SPCC has a statewide directory of resources and collaborates with stakeholders to provide a yearly conference: Bridging the Divide.
Suicide Prevention Resource Center
SPRC is the nation’s only federally supported resource center devoted to advancing the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention. They provide technical assistance, training, and materials to increase the knowledge and expertise of suicide prevention practitioners and other professionals serving people at risk for suicide. SPRC also promotes collaboration among a variety of organizations that play a role in developing the field of suicide prevention.

Workshops, toolkits, and trainings offered from SPRC include:
National Alliance on Mental Illness
NAMI is the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. NAMI advocates for access to services, treatment, supports and research and is steadfast in its commitment to raise awareness and build a community for hope for all of those in need.

Families for Depression Awareness
Families for Depression Awareness is a national nonprofit organization helping families recognize and cope with depression and bipolar disorder to get people well and prevent suicide.

Douglas/Arapahoe Suicide Prevention Alliance
The Douglas Arapahoe Suicide Prevention Alliance is a coalition of organizations representing mental health providers, law enforcement agencies, schools, youth initiatives, fire rescue departments, hospitals, and faith communities. DASPA’s mission is to implement comprehensive, community wide initiatives for preventing suicide in Douglas and Arapahoe Counties, Colorado.

Do you have local prevention efforts that you'd like to update us on? Go to the Prevention Tracking page to fill out a quick form.