Summit provides resources about suicide prevention in El Paso County

The Summit featured suicide prevention initiatives and created opportunities to learn about connecting in safe spaces.
Published: Jan. 12, 2023 at 4:26 PM MST|Updated: Jan. 13, 2023 at 6:55 PM MST
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS) and the Suicide Prevention Collaborative of El Paso County hosted a Suicide Prevention Summit on Friday. It highlighted some of the work happening in community surrounding suicide prevention.

Presentations and panels were held about youth and young adults, LGBTQI+, older adults, veterans, and more. Representitives from Mt. Carmel Veterans Center, Next Chapter, Silver Key Senior Services, Fountain Police Department, El Paso County Sheriff’s Office, Peak View Behavioral Health, UCCS and Inside Out Youth Services shared resources their organizations have available for those dealing with mental health issues, shared advice for those dealing with those problems and shared some of the signs of those dealing with thoughts of suicide.

The Summit featured suicide prevention initiatives, created opportunities to learn about connecting in safe spaces, and offered its 150+ attendees concrete actions that individuals and organizations can do to prevent suicide. Public health professionals, nonprofit organizations, government agencies, businesses, faith-based groups, veteran organizations, academic entities, law enforcement, emergency responders, suicide survivors, suicide loss survivors and community members were all in attendance.

If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide, please contact Colorado Crisis Services at 1-844-493-8255 or text “TALK” to 38255 or visit Lighthouse Acute Services, a 24/7/365 crisis walk-in center at 115 S. Parkside Dr., Colorado Springs. The National Suicide & Crisis Lifeline number is 988.