COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - Deaths by suicide have reached alarming numbers in Colorado. They're not just numbers, they are people, and many of them are not even adults yet. We look at what's being done to prevent these deaths, what help is out there, and how you can get involved.
Local school districts are working on suicide prevention and are teaching parents the warning signs for depression. Some of the symptoms of depression are a persistent sad, irritable mood; sense of hopelessness; and withdrawing or lack of energy.
11 News anchor Katie Pelton sat down with Safe2Tell Colorado to talk about how teens can anonymously report concerns they have about their friends. Pelton also talked with the Pikes Peak Suicide Prevention about how they are helping our community. Suicide prevention is a group effort that involves everyone in our community, including the coroner's office. Pelton talked with them about their efforts on the issue.
The El Paso County Sheriff's Office is training deputies to respond to calls where someone is in crisis. 11 News talked with deputies about the special training they are receiving.
If you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide, there are plenty of ways to reach out for help. Colorado has a statewide crisis line where you can get confidential support 24/7. Click here for the Colorado Crisis Services website or you can call 1-844-493-8255. You can also text "TALK" to 38255.
Click here for the Pikes Peak Suicide Prevention website. You can reach the Colorado Springs office at 719-573-7447.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255. Click here for the website.