Jake is a sixth-grade teacher in Colorado Springs. Today, one of his students joked about how many times he has tried to kill himself. This is not the first alarming comment a student has made about suicide.
Suicide is the leading cause of death among Colorado kids ages 10 to 14. El Paso, La Plata and Mesa Counties have the highest rates of teen suicide in the state.
School administrators want to implement a suicide prevention program, but don’t know where to start. Jake tries to discuss topics about mental health with his students but wishes he had more support.
Imagine a better future for mental health treatment.
Imagine Jake has the information and resources to know how to best support his students.
School staff is trained by a mental health professional in the best suicide prevention approaches. Jake is not alone in navigating conversations with his class; he has a support network. He knows how to create positive conversations around mental health and support students who are struggling.
How we will get there.
Together, we will identify best practices to develop and implement a state standard for suicide prevention. Then, we will deploy community mental health workers across the state to train caregivers and educators, focusing first on the communities with the highest rates of suicide. The program will evolve with new findings, and most all, feedback from kids and teens.