Referrals for Second Wind funded therapy must come from a school mental health staff or another qualified referral source (QRS) who is a mental health professional. If you are a parent/guardian and are concerned about suicide risk, you will need your child or youth to be assessed first by a mental health professional, usually school counselors, social workers, or psychologists. More details are listed under Eligibility Requirements.
If you would like to contact Second Wind Fund (SWF) to make a referral for a child or youth in your community, below is a list of the areas covered by the program and the referral line for the appropriate counties.
Most of Colorado, including the Metro Denver area - 303.988.2645
Adams, Arapahoe, Broomfield, Clear Creek, Denver, Douglas, Eagle, El Paso, Elbert, Grand, Jefferson, La Plata, Montezuma, Park, and Teller counties
Boulder County - 720.212.7527
City and County of Boulder
Other Colorado locations - 303.988.2645
Middle and high school students living in rural and frontier counties, who are at risk of suicide and do not have access to face-to-face therapy, are now invited to participate in the innovative Second Wind Fund Secure Video Therapy Pilot. Please scroll down for more details.
Program Eligibility Requirements
In order to be considered for a referral by Second Wind Fund, the child or youth must be:
19-years-old or younger
At risk for suicide
Without insurance or Medicaid, or be under-insured and not have financial resources to pay for therapy
Qualified Referral Sources (QRS) are mental health professionals, most often from the school mental health staff (school counselors, social workers or school psychologists). The QRS must have met with the youth to determine suicide risk.
The QRS assesses that the student is “at risk” for suicide, notifies the parent/guardian of the suicide risk and finds out that the student’s family does not have financial means (including adequate insurance or Medicaid) to pay for professional therapy. The QRS then contacts Second Wind Fund.
After learning that the youth is a suicide risk, lacks financial means to pay for therapy, and is not on Medicaid, SWF authorizes therapy services and gives the QRS a referral number for the student. If the student is on Medicaid, he or she is first referred to the county mental health association.
After receiving a SWF referral number, the QRS writes the referral number on the SWF Referral Form [download English] [download Spanish], signs the form, and gives two copies to the student and/or parents. The QRS must obtain signatures from the parent and student on the SWF Release of Information/Liability Waiver Form [download English] [download Spanish]. The QRS keeps one copy of each completed SWF form.
The referred youth is given two copies of the SWF Referral Form and two of the signed SWF Release/Waiver Form. After both SWF forms are completed and signed, the QRS will give the family a current list of SWF authorized therapists. The family will contact the SWF therapists directly to schedule an appointment within one week. The family must give one copy of each SWF form to the SWF therapist they select.
All therapists in the SWF program are licensed, maintain liability insurance, have experience with children and youth at risk for suicide, and have agreed to see SWF clients at a drastically reduced hourly rate.
Second Wind Fund will pay for the authorized therapy sessions with a SWF therapist.
The SWF Youth Suicide Prevention Brochure in English is available by clicking here.
The SWF Youth Suicide Prevention Brochure in Spanish is available by clicking here.
Learn how you can safe-guard your home to protect a child or teen who may be at risk of suicide (English Version) by clicking here.
Learn how you can safe-guard your home to protect a child or teen who may be at risk of suicide (Spanish Version) by clicking here.
Second Wind Fund's Secure Video Therapy Pilot
For Colorado’s youth at risk for suicide with financial and/or social barriers to treatment
In partnership with middle and high schools with no cost to schools or families
In underserved rural and frontier areas of Colorado when face-to-face therapy is not available
Secure, live, interactive video conferencing with experienced, licensed SWF authorized therapists
HIPAA compliant, encrypted software
Pilot program starting 2015
For more information, contact Nancy Morgan at 303.988.2645
“The addition of Secure Video Therapy to Second Wind Fund’s services has the potential to significantly reduce barriers to treatment for suicidal youth and ultimately, save many more lives."
– Franci Crepeau-Hobson, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Program Director, School Psychology, University of Colorado at Denver
“I am very pleased that the Second Wind Fund, Inc. is making Secure Video Therapy available in partnership with schools. Providing an opportunity for a student to receive services from a licensed, experienced therapist not available in their community will help address youth suicide concerns in rural Colorado."
– Christine Harms, Director of the Colorado School Safety Resource Center
“Second Wind Fund has a long history of connecting children and teens at risk of suicide who have no other access to treatment with licensed, specialized therapists. I am pleased that SWF’s Secure Video Therapy program will now make these services available to teens in rural and frontier parts of Colorado.”
– Jarrod Hindman, Suicide Prevention Unit Manager, Office of Suicide Prevention, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment