COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) -- In honor of September being Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, 11 News is bringing on several experts to talk about the ways they are addressing the teen suicide issue in our community. We know that teen suicide is a public health emergency in our area and we are talking to local agencies about how they are taking action to help out.
The director of Safe2Tell talks with 11 News Reporter Katie Pelton.
11 News reporter Katie Pelton sat down with Susan Payne, the director and founder of Safe2Tell Colorado. Payne explains that more teens are using Safe2Tell to report concerns of teen suicide than ever before. In the month of August, they had an 87 percent increase in the number of reports to Safe2Tell, compared to August of 2016.
Payne said the leading category of what young people reported to Safe2Tell was a friend who was feeling suicidal or had posted something on social media.
"Those are heroes. Those are the front lines," Payne said. "They really did speak up and there was an intervention."
Watch the video of above for the full story.
Click here to find out more information about Safe2Tell. You can submit an anonymous report online or through the Safe2Tell app.
If you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide, there are several resources available. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255. Click here for the website.
You can also reach out the Pikes Peak Suicide Prevention group in Colorado Springs. Their phone number is 719-573-7447. Click here for their website.
The state of Colorado has a crisis line you can call anytime at 1-844-493-TALK (8255). You can also text "TALK" to 38255. Click here for the Colorado Crisis Services website.