Suicide Related Resources and Prevention
Colorado Crisis Services - If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health, substance use or emotional crisis, call 1-844-493-TALK (8255) to talk to a trained professional. Their website is a statewide resource that provides an interactive map to locate the nearest walk-in services for a crisis, referrals, or information. The crisis support line and walk-in centers are confidential and are available 24/7/365.
American Association of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry - National professional medical association dedicated to treating and improving the quality of life for children, adolescents, and families affected by mental health disorders. Their website includes extensive resources for families and a "Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist Finder".
American Association of Suicidology - (AAS) Dedicated to the understanding and prevention of suicide. Site includes a variety of resources including: suicide facts and statistics, recommended reading, videos and links, as well as information for survivors, including suggested books and support groups.
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention - (AFSP) Dedicated to understanding and preventing suicide through research and education and advocacy. Information on suicide prevention and for suicide loss,
American Psychiatric Association - Site offers mental health topics, including suicide, information on children and other populations, fact sheets, medication information, etc.
American Psychological Association - Information on psychology topics, including suicide and bullying. Each topic has brief information, what to do, getting help, related news articles and books.
Colorado Office of Suicide Prevention - The lead entity for suicide prevention and intervention efforts in Colorado
Healthfinder - Links to government agencies, nonprofit organizations and universities.
Mayo Clinic Treatment Center - Can search for Information on mental health and mental illness, specific disorders, suicide and mental health treatments.
Mental Health America - Promotes mental health, preventing mental disorders and achieving victory over mental illness through advocacy, education, research and service. Mental Health America also provides a search function mental health information in English and Spanish.
National Institute of Mental Health - Site includes detailed articles on mental health disorders and treatment.
Pubmed - Site with articles and resources on mental health topics.
SAMHSA's National Mental Health Information Center - Provides information about mental health via a toll-free telephone number (1-800-789-2647), their website, and more than 200 publications.
Speaking of Suicide - Stacey Freedenthal, PhD, LCSW, Associate Profession of Social Work at the University of Denver, and researcher in Suicide has developed this site "for suicidal individuals and their loved ones, survivors, mental health professionals and the mearly curious."
Suicide Prevention Coalition of Colorado - (SPCC) works statewide to prevent suicide and its impact.
Suicide Prevention Resource Center - (SPRC) supports suicide prevention to advance the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention (NSSP). SPRC provides prevention support, training and resource materials to strengthen suicide prevention networks and is the first federally funded center of its kind.
The Trevor Project - Assists gay/questioning youth through a 24/7 hotline (1-866-4-U-TREVOR or 1-866-488-7386). Their website offers additional resources.
Suicide Loss Survivor Resources
American Association of Suicidology - Site includes a variety of resources for survivors, including suggested books and support groups located throughout the country.
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention offers a guide, “Surviving A Suicide Loss: A Financial Guide” that includes helpful information for survivors.
For referrals to mental health professionals, contact the American Psychiatric Association at 1-888-357-7924 or the American Psychological Association at 1-800-964-2000.
Judi's House - Provides support groups for children and their families grieving the death of a loved one from any cause, including suicide.
Resources for School Mental Health Staff
National Association of School Psychologists - (NASP) represents and supports school psychology through leadership to enhance mental health and educational competence of all children.
Evidence based suicide prevention programs for schools:
Peer Support Programs - from those with lived experience
Colorado Mental Wellness Network - To empower Coloradoans affected by mental health conditions to achieve wellness & further recovery through advocacy tools and peer support..
Compassionate Friends - Grief support after the death of a child; chapters throughout the country.
Depression & Bipolar Support Alliance - offers information on depression and bipolar disorder and listings to patient support groups in Colorado and nationally.
Families Grieving Suicide - for survivors 3 to 18 years old and their caregivers, Judi's House, 1741 Gaylord Street, Denver, contact 720-941-0331
Heartbeat - Peer grief suport after the suicide of a loved one, offering empathy, encouragement and direction. There are no links for the following Colorado HEARTBEAT support groups
East Metro HEARTBEAT - Last Tuesday each month 7-9 pm, HeartLight Center, 11150 E. Dartmouth Ave., Aurora, Contact: Katie Ford at 303-755-2679 or 720-300-8213 (C) or email@example.com or Brenda Gierczak at 303-667-7864 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Evergreen HEARTBEAT - 3rd Monday of every month, 7-9 pm, Mount Evans Home Health and Hospice, 3081 Bergen Peak Drive, Evergreen. Contact: Lisa Sjoden at 303-697-6984 or email@example.com or Heather Aberg at 303-674-6400 or firstname.lastname@example.org
North Metro HEARTBEAT - 1st Tuesday each month 7-9 pm, Lutheran Exempla Hospital, 8300 W. 38th, Wheat Ridge, Contact: Katie Ford at 303-755-2679 or 720-300-8213 (C) or email@example.com or Ken Wiig at 303-477-8625
SE Littleton HEARTBEAT - 2nd Thursday each month 7-9 pm, Littleton Adventist Hospital, 7700 S. Broadway, Littleton, Contact: Carol at 720-328-9229 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Lisa at 303-697-6984 or email@example.com
Mood Letter - Information about bipolar disorder, depression and suicide.
National Alliance for Mentally Ill - (NAMI) - A family support and advocacy organization that includes local chapters.
Parents Surviving Suicide (no link) - 3rd Tuesday each month, 7-9 pm, Bethany Lutheran Church, 4500 E. Hampden, Cherry Hills Village. Contact: Vivian Epstein at 303-322-7450 or VSEPublisher@earthlink.net
The Balanced Mind Foundation - Peer directed program of the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance. Guides families raising children with meed disorders to the answers, support and stability they seek.
Surviving Your Spouse's Suicide (no link) - 2nd Friday each month, 6:30 -8 pm. 7009 S. Potomac, Suite 109, Centennial. Contact: Jessica Edmonds at 303-353-9226 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Survivors of Suicide (no link) - 3rd Monday each month, formerly SW HEARTBEAT, Abiding Hope Lutheran Church, 6337 S. Robb Way (SE corner of Simms & Coal Mine) in the Patio Room. Use ground level entrance on the south side of building. Call for information and dates: Ted Mershon at 303-977-3037 or Ellen Sloan at 303-973-2658 or Mary Wylie at 303-668-6351
Yellow Ribbon - Offers suicide prevention workshops, presentations and survivor support.
Resources for Insurance
Medicaid - is free or low cost public health insurance for Coloradoans who qualify and included mental health coverage.
Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+) - Low cost public health insurance for Colorado's uninsured children and pregnant women who earn too much for Medicaid, but can't afford private insurance.
Connect for Health Colorado - Colorado's Health Insurance Marketplace