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Suicide

Overview

If you or someone you know is in crisis, you can call one of the national suicide hotlines: 1-800-442-HOPE (1-800-442-4673) or 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255). In a medical emergency, call 9-1-1 immediately.

Suicide is a serious public health problem that impacts individuals, their families and communities. In 2015, more than 1,000 people died from suicide in Colorado, and our state consistently has one of the highest suicide rates in the nation.

Here are some additional statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

  • In 2015, more than 44,000 people in the United States took their own life.
  • Suicide was the tenth leading cause of death in the United States, and more people died from suicide than homicide.
  • Suicide rate (per 100,000 people) was greatest for those ages 45-64. The next highest rate was among those 85 and older.
  • More than 90 percent of the people who die from suicide suffer from a mental disorder, usually depression or bipolar disorder. However, depression and bipolar disorder are treatable illnesses.

Note: This topic was prepared to help consumers find reliable health resources on the web. This site is not responsible for the information on other sites. The information here — and on all websites — is not intended to be a substitute for care by a health professional.

Risk Factors/Protective Factors

An individual may be at increased risk for committing suicide if any of the following factors is present. However, risk factors are not necessarily causes of suicide. (More information and statistics are available at www.cdc.gov.)

  • Previous suicide attempt(s).
  • History of mental disorders, particularly depression.
  • History of alcohol and substance abuse.
  • Family history of suicide.
  • Family history of child abuse or neglect.
  • Feelings of hopelessness.
  • Impulsive or aggressive tendencies.
  • Has barriers to getting mental health treatment.
  • Loss (relational, social, work or financial).
  • Physical illness.
  • Easy access to lethal methods.
  • Unwillingness to seek help because of people's negative view of mental-health and substance-abuse disorders or suicidal thoughts.
  • Cultural and religious beliefs that suggest suicide is a noble solution to a personal problem.
  • Several recent, local suicides.
  • Isolation, or feeling of being cut off from other people.

The following may be protective or preventive factors to individuals committing suicide:

  • Effective clinical care for mental, physical and substance-abuse disorders.
  • Easy access to a variety of clinical interventions and support for seeking help.
  • Family and community support.
  • Support from ongoing medical and mental healthcare relationships.
  • Skills in problem-solving, conflict resolution and nonviolent handling of disputes.
  • Cultural and religious beliefs that discourage suicide and support self-preservation instincts.

National Suicide Hotlines

Hopeline, Kristin Brooks Hope Center
The national Hopeline is the primary outreach of the Kristin Brooks Hope Center. By calling 1-800-442-HOPE (1-800-442-4673), individuals are automatically linked to the nearest certified crisis center in their area.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides immediate help 24/7 to individuals in suicidal crisis by connecting them to the nearest available suicide-prevention and mental-health service provider through a toll-free telephone number, 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255). It is the only national suicide prevention and intervention telephone resource funded by the federal government.

Local Suicide Hotlines/SummitStone Community Crisis Center

Larimer County organizations provide 24-hour access to counselors trained to help in crisis situations. They also can refer callers to counselors within the community for follow-up treatment.

  • SummitStone Health Partners: 970-494-4200.
  • Mountain Crest Behavioral Healthcare Center: 970-207-4800.
  • Colorado Crisis Support: 1-844-493-TALK (1-844-493-8255)

SummitStone Community Crisis Clinic
SummitStone Health Partners' 24/7/365 walk-in and mobile crisis response services are available at 1217 Riverside Ave., Fort Collins, or by calling 970-494-4200. Crisis services include a short-term residential unit available to the community. If you or anybody you know is in crisis, please call or walk in. In a medical emergency, call 9-1-1.

Resources in Larimer County and Colorado

Connections
Mental Health Connections, a joint project of the Health District and SummitStone Health Partners, offers information on mental health and substance abuse, as well as referrals to local counselors, treatment programs, classes, support groups and other services.

Search for a Mental Health Care Provider, HealthInfoSource.com
Search this site for a therapist or other mental health professional in Larimer County.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has information about suicide trends, prevention and treatment strategies specific to our state.

Alliance for Suicide Prevention
The Alliance for Suicide Prevention of Larimer County works to prevent suicide in Larimer County, offering community education, school programs, support for those with depression and grief support. It is NOT a crisis center and recommends calling 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255) if you or someone you know is thinking about suicide.

Poudre River Public Library District
Search the library collection for books about suicide, or use the library's health, sciences and technology databases.

Recommended Reading

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
This site describes risk factors, symptoms and warning signs of suicide in adolescents and teens. Click on the "Facts for Families Guide" link.

Healthyplace.com
This site gives information on how to understand and help a suicidal friend or family member, as well as book recommendations, chat rooms and forums, and links to other suicide-related websites.

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) is the leading national not-for-profit organization exclusively dedicated to understanding and preventing suicide through research, education and advocacy, and to reaching out to people with mental disorders and those impacted by suicide.

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