September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month
A time to raise awareness, reduce stigma, and create access to resources for individuals impacted by suicide. Suicide can affect anyone regardless of age, gender, sexual identity, culture, or location and is often the result of untreated mental health conditions.
Douglas County in 2020:
One in 10 adults (18 years and older) in Douglas County reported that their mental health was not good for 14 or more days during the previous 30 days.
The percentage of high school students who felt so sad or hopeless that they stopped doing usual activities almost every day for two or more consecutive weeks during the last 12 months was 30.9%.
Mental health-related issues were the leading cause of hospitalization (2,389.7 per 100,000).
Deaths by suicide were more common than alcohol-induced deaths in the County.
The Douglas County Health Department is committed to reducing suicide-related injury, morbidity, and mortality among all Douglas County residents. This begins by creating awareness and sharing resources, some of which are listed below:
AllHealth Network – A nonprofit mental health organization serving Douglas County that provides counseling, psychiatry, crisis services, and treatment for substance use disorders. Call 303-730-8858 to learn more about AllHealth’s services and schedule an appointment.
Colorado Crisis Services – The statewide behavioral health crisis response system offers mental health, substance use or emotional crisis any time of day or night. Walk-In Center locations provide in-person, confidential crisis support. Get support by calling 844-493-TALK (8255)or text “Talk” to 38255.