DENVER — Dozens of teens in Colorado take their lives each year, but there are hundreds of resources in the state to help convince them that there is still hope.
Colorado made national headlines in 2016 when public officials identified a suicide cluster in which 29 children in the Colorado springs area took their own lives between 2013 and 2015 alone.
The issue, which experts say is preventable, reared its head again in 2017, when just weeks into the school year, two students in Arapahoe County took their own lives. Their deaths were the eighth of their kind in just eight months.
A state-funded program exists in Colorado specifically to guard against youth suicide, and they work with other programs to help families, teens and others learn what to look for and to know when to call.
"As part of Colorado crisis services, we have a text service for teens, and what happens 24/7 365, we have councilors responding to those texts," Bev Marquez, CEO of Colorado Crisis Hotline. "They're the same councilors who are picking up the phones. It's a good resource."
TEXT | 38255 — all texts will be answered for anybody who needs to talk.
CALL | 1-800-273-8255 or 1-844-493-8255 — all calls will be answered for anybody who needs to talk.