Suicide Prevention

Suicide Hotline Numbers

Call 911 or 1-800-273-8255 if you or someone you know is in crisis.

Arapahoe Douglas Mental Health Network Crisis Line 303-730-3303
Colorado Crisis and Support Line Provided by Rocky Mountain Crisis Partners  1-844-493-8255
National Suicide Hotline 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255)
National Suicide Hotline 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433)
National Suicide Hotline TTY 1-800-799-4TTY (1-800-799-4889) Text Telephone Device or Telecommunication Device for the Deaf (TDD)
National LGBT Youth Suicide Hotline 1-866-4-U-TREVOR (1-866-488-7386)
National Military Veterans Suicide Hotline 1-800-273-TALK *Press 1 (1-800-273-8255 *Press 1)
National Spanish Speaking Suicide Hotline 1-800-273-TALK *Press 2 (1-800-273-8255 *Press 2)

Tool to help people who are at risk and/or struggling with suicide find qualified care: The Finder, gives people struggling with a suicide crisis an opportunity to link to mental health service providers with expertise in suicide risk assessment, management and support.  The program was launched by: Lexington, MA – HelpPRO, in partnership with the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, the American Association of Suicidology, the QPR Institute, The Carson J Spencer Foundation, and the Suicide Prevention Resource Center, KeepSafe Connections – Douglas County KeepSafe Connections – Helpers in Your Community.   The Sheriff’s Office is very dedicated to the efforts surrounding Suicide Prevention. We are active members of the Douglas Arapahoe Suicide Prevention Alliance.  The Alliance has been working diligently over the last several years on a community wide approach to suicide prevention.  Please see below for more information. Resources for College Students

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)

The Sheriff’s Office Y.E.S.S. program enjoys a partnership with the Douglas County School District in an effort to aide in the social and emotional wellness of Douglas County students and citizens of Douglas County. In this partnership our Y.E.S.S. Project Coordinator is a Nationally certified School Suicide Specialist and is also a certified Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training, A.S.I.S.T. trainer who, along with the district, provide workshops to district employees and community members on suicide intervention skills. Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)  is a low cost, evidence based suicide intervention skills workshop, that anyone 16 years of age and older may attend. Click on the 2014-2015 workshop flyer link below  if you are interested in attending a workshop.


safeTALK Workshops

June 25, 2015
6 – 9 p.m.
Pax Christi Catholic Church
5761 McArthur Ranch Road
Highlands Ranch, CO 80124

All workshops are  held at the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office — Highlands Ranch Substation, located at 9250 Zotos Drive, Highlands Ranch, CO 80129.   Limited space available in each workshop! Who should attend: Anyone over the age of 15!  safeTALK is not designed for those that have experienced a recent suicide loss.  If you are grieving the recent loss of a loved one to suicide, we recommend you join a support group or visit to find useful information related to coping with suicide loss. safeTALK, about three hours in duration, is a training that prepares anyone over the age of 15 to identify persons with thoughts of suicide and connect them to sui-cide first aid resources. Most people with thoughts of suicide invite help to stay safe. Alert helpers know how to use these opportunities to support that desire for safety. As a safeTALK-trained suicide alert helper, you will be better able to:

  • move beyond common tendencies to miss, dismiss or avoid suicide;
  • identify people who have thoughts of suicide;  
  • apply the TALK steps (Tell, Ask, Listen and KeepSafe) to connect a person with suicide thoughts to suicide first aid, and intervention caregivers.

Powerful video clips illustrate both non-alert and alert responses. Discussion and practice help stimulate learning. Learn steps that contribute to saving lives. To register please follow the instructions on the flyers posted above by date.  If you have additional questions please contact Phyllis Harvey at   Sponsored by: Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Youth Education & Safety in Schools (Y.E.S.S.) Program, Douglas County School District and the Douglas Arapahoe Suicide Prevention Alliance.

In the News

An article from PC Magazine – Follow this link to view the article: Facebook Launches Suicide Prevention Effort Copyright © 2011 Ziff Davis Inc. All Rights Reserved Inspirational video – Everybody Love Everybody

Suicide Resources

Resource for Men is available at The Douglas County School District has also provided the document below to assist parents in talking to their children about suicide.

Mayo Clinic list of 11 “action signs” that help identify children at behavioral and emotional risk:

  1. Feeling very sad or withdrawn for more than 2 weeks
  2. Seriously trying to harm or kill yourself, or making plans to do so
  3. Sudden overwhelming fear for no reason, sometimes with a racing heart or fast breathing
  4. Involvement in many fights, using a weapon, or wanting to badly hurt others
  5. Severe out-of-control behavior that can hurt yourself or others
  6. Not eating, throwing up, or using laxatives to make yourself lose weight
  7. Intense worries or fears that get in the way of your daily activities
  8. Extreme difficulty in concentrating or staying still that puts you in physical danger or causes school failure
  9. Repeated use of drugs or alcohol
  10. Severe mood swings that cause problems in relationships
  11. Drastic Changes in your behavior or personality

Warning signs of suicide – From the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP)

Suicide can be prevented. While some suicides occur without any outward warning, most people who are suicidal do give warnings. Prevent the suicide of loved ones by learning to recognize the signs of someone at risk, taking those signs seriously and knowing how to respond to them. Warning signs of suicide include:

  • Observable signs of serious depression:
    • Unrelenting low mood
    • Pessimism
    • Hopelessness
    • Desperation
    • Anxiety, psychic pain and inner tension
    • Withdrawal
    • Sleep problems
  • Increased alcohol and/or other drug use
  • Recent impulsiveness and taking unnecessary risks
  • Threatening suicide or expressing a strong wish to die
  • Making a plan:
    • Giving away prized possessions
    • Sudden or impulsive purchase of a firearm
    • Obtaining other means of killing oneself such as poisons or medications
  • Unexpected rage or anger

The emotional crises that usually precede suicide are often recognizable and treatable. Although most depressed people are not suicidal, most suicidal people are depressed. Serious depression can be manifested in obvious sadness, but often it is rather expressed as a loss of pleasure or withdrawal from activities that had been enjoyable. One can help prevent suicide through early recognition and treatment of depression and other psychiatric illnesses.

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 Out of the Darkness Walk


 Sources of Strength More than Sad One program that has been implemented due to the funding received from the 2010 walk is Sources of Strength. We are starting with a pilot program at 2 high schools in Douglas County – Highlands Ranch and Castle View. This is an amazing program that teaches high school students to be peer leaders who can recognize suicide warning signs and get teens to trusted adults for help. We are very grateful that the 2010 walk raised the funds necessary to start a program like this to help save lives of DC teens.Our goal is to get this valuable program into as many schools as possible all throughout Colorado. If you are interested please contact South Metro Out of the Darkness Community Walk Co-Chair Sheri Cole Another program that can be funded by funds raised by the Out of the Darkness community walk is More Than Sad: Suicide Prevention Educators and Students. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s training program to help educators better understand suicidal behavior in adolescents. This program is listed on the SPRC’s best practice registry for suicide prevention. It is an effective program for educators and teens.Our goal is to also get this valuable program into as many schools as possible all throughout Colorado. If you are interested please contact South Metro Out of the Darkness Community Walk Co-Chair Sheri Cole.

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Castle Rock, CO 80109
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Highlands Ranch, CO 80129
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