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 collaborates 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.