|Suicide prevention and intervention available in northeast Colorado|
|Written by Holyoke Enterprise|
It’s a startling fact. By the end of today, approximately 80 people in the United States will take their own lives. 1500 more will try to do so.
What does that mean? It means every minute of every day, someone in America is attempting suicide. And every 18 minutes, someone dies by suicide.
In Colorado alone, approximately 805 individuals take their life each year and for Colorado teens, suicide is the second leading cause of death.
While this information may be hard to hear, hope for individuals who may be thinking about harming themselves is available in Northeast Colorado. The LifeSource Project has been offering suicide prevention programs and education to communities and organizations free of charge since 2003.
Trainings offered include QPR (question, persuade, refer) Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper trainings for adults to learn to recognize a suicide crisis and know how and where to find help. This training only lasts about an hour and is ideal for primary care providers, human service workers, school personnel, non-profit organizations and other organizations providing services to community members.
Another training offered is the Yellow Ribbon Program and it is well suited for youth. This program is based on the premise that suicide is not only about death, but also about ending pain; and it is always okay to ask for help. Youth need to know that suicide is not a solution to their problems and that help is available. This training also only last about an hour and is primarily provided in school settings.
The LifeSource Project of Rural Solutions also partners with Heer Mortuary to provide a Heartbeat Support Group for those who have lost loved ones to suicide. This group meets the fourth Tuesday of the month on a monthly basis in Fort Morgan.
Here are some simple actions you can do to help a suicidal person.
—Take all suicide threats seriously. Listen and express concern in a nonjudgmental way.
—Take action! Get the individual connected to professional help.
—Ask questions openly (“do you have a plan? Will you talk with someone who can help?”)
—Show that you care
Do not do any of the following:
—Do not keep it a secret.
—Do not sidestep the issue or treat it lightly.
—Do not leave the person alone.
—Do not offer simple solutions.
—Do not judge.
—Do not offer or suggest drugs or alcohol.
—Do not try to be a therapist. Get professional help.
Centennial Mental Health Center (CMHC) has locations throughout the 10 counties of Northeast Colorado. CMHC can provide consultation to you or someone you know who may have encountered someone that is going through a difficult period. CMHC also offers a wide variety of services including services for individuals, families, couples and groups for both mental health and substance abuse issues. CMHC offers services for issues such as the following: grief and loss, crisis management, stress reduction, depression, suicidal ideation, relationship problems, substance abuse, anxiety, PTSD, trauma, parental-child conflict and school conflict.
If you or someone you know is in crisis, call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or your local Centennial Mental Health Center.