Sadly, suicide rates are increasing across the country, with Eagle County having one of the highest rates in the state. Years ago, Mountain Youth initiated evidence-based suicide prevention trainings for community members. Soon after SpeakUp ReachOut formed, facilitating programs and trainings.
As for statistics CADCA (Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America) shares:
Men are more suicidal than women, but women attempt suicide more than men.
37% of suicides involved alcohol.
40% of suicide attempts involved alcohol.
Risk factors include previous suicidal attempts, substance abuse, mental health disorders, access to weapons, isolation and disabilities. Be the hero: don't shy away from tough situations. Be the someone who is willing to support, love and give hope. Together, we can create a culture of positive self-esteem with better access to mental health resources.
Mountain Youth is pleased to partner with Eagle Valley Behavioral Health, collaborate with Eagle County Schools and the Safe2Tell program. Safe2Tell provides young people a way to anonymously report any threatening behaviors or activities endangering themselves or someone they know, helping to prevent tragedies.