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Holiday Blues: Places To Turn When You're Feeling Down Or Need Help

By: KKTV Email
By: KKTV Email

The holidays can make those feelings of loneliness, loss and depression more intense, but there are many places to turn in Southern Colorado for help, or just a listening ear.

Below, you can find a list of resources for a number of problems that any of us could face, along with warning signs of suicide and what you can do as a friend or family member to help prevent it:

SUICIDE RESOURCES:

PPSPP Crisis Hotline: 719-596-LIFE
Suicide Prevention Partnership: 719-573-7447
Heartbeat (Survivors after a Suicide): 719-596-2575
Aspen Pointe: 719-572-6100
Aspen Pointe Crisis Hotline: 719-635-7000
National Hotline: 800-273-TALK
Safe2Tell Anonymous Reporting: 877-542-SAFE
Self-Injury: 800-DON'T-CUT

SUBSTANCE ABUSE:

Alcohol & Drug Counseling: 719-471-2514
Alateen & Alanon: 719-632-0063
Help Quitting Tobacco: 800-QUIT-NOW

OTHER RESOURCES:

Child Abuse Hotline: 719-444-5700
Depression Bipolar Support Alliance: 719-477-1515
Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Hotline: 719-633-3819
Eating Disorders Helpline: 800-931-2237
HIV/Aids Hotline: 800-342-AIDS
Inside Out Youth Services: 719-328-1056
RUNAWAY: 719-630-3223
Sexually Transmitted Diseases: 719-578-3148
Women's Clinic: 719-575-8500
Women's Clinic: 719-575-8500

Warning Signs of Suicide:
-Serious depression
-Loss of interest in favorite activities
-Feeling increasingly isolated
-Feelings of hopelessness
-Saying they want to die
-Giving away prized possessions
-Sudden drop in school or work performance

What you can do? ACT!

A - Acknowledge that you are seeing signs of suicide and that it is serious.

C - Care: Let that person know that you are there for them and that you are concerned that they need help that you cannot provide.

T - Tell a parent/professional, either with that person or on their behalf.

There are also resources available online. The links are posted below this story.


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