Life and Death,
Let’s Talk About It.
We believe that one suicide is too many.
Zero Suicides is Our Mission
While not all suicides are preventable, most are. We believe our community can achieve zero suicides and we will continue to work towards that goal. Improving our system is a matter of life and death for many individuals. This goal is woven into everything we do.
In 2020, estimated suicide attempts
In 2020, Americans died by suicide
of all suicides, In 2020, involved firearms.
Colorado Crisis Resources (24/7) – 1-844-493-8255 – is the statewide behavioral health crisis response system offering mental health, substance use, or emotional crisis help.
NEW! Call 988 for emergency mental health issues – The Colorado Behavioral Health Administration says anyone who is suicidal or in emotional distress, including someone experiencing a substance use crisis, should call for help.
Local Advocates for Victims of Assault (24/7) Advocates for Victims of Assault, Inc. provides services that enhance safety and justice for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and associated traumas while promoting peace in our community.
Call 911 and ask for the SMART team
SpeakUp ReachOut – Suicide Prevention Coalition of Eagle County
Speakup Reachout – Suicide Loss Survivors Group Series
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention – Suicide Bereavement Support Groups.
Suicideology – American Association of Suicide. Resources. Programs. Membership.
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention – You are not alone. Resources. Real Stories. How to make a difference.
Now matters now – Having suicidal thoughts? Problems that feel unsolvable? We’ve been there and can help.
Mental Health Resources
View Building Hope’s extensive Mental Health Resources.
Understanding Suicide loss
About Todd Perkins …..
In partnership with the Summit County Coroner’s Office and S.M.A.R.T. (System-wide Mental Assessment Response Team) Program, Building Hope distributes “We Care” packages to survivors of suicide loss as well as attempt survivors in Summit County, Colorado. The purpose of the package is to provide the recipient with support and resources on their journey toward healing.
The impact of suicide loss or attempted suicide on an individual is profound and often accompanied by a wide range of emotions and unique challenges.
For those who have lost a loved one to suicide, the grief can be overwhelming and complex. The sudden and unexpected nature of the loss can make it especially difficult to process.
The path to recovery for people who have survived an attempt can involve physical, emotional, and psychological components. Additionally, attempt survivors may struggle with feelings of guilt or shame.
It is common for both attempt and loss survivors to feel stigmatized and isolated. We Care packages aim to reduce these challenges and provide hope, empathy, and resources for those affected as they move through their own unique healing process.
Building Hope is able to provide one We Care Package per household at no cost. This is made possible through generous community donations, organizational partners, and grant funding. Donations to support the program are greatly appreciated. The value of each package is $65.
Building Hope distributes “We Care” packages to survivors of suicide loss as well as attempt survivors of Summit County, Colorado. Individuals may request a WeCare package for themselves or someone else by filling out the form below.
When a family member takes their life, it wasn’t because they were weak. It’s because they tried to be strong for too long.
“Okay, I’m going to call it,” I heard the doctor begin to say… looking at all of us surrounding Dustin there in the trauma center. His best friends, his family, all of us, holding onto him. “No!” I pleaded with the doctor as if my pleading could change anything … “Please don’t say it, please don’t, please….” as the doctor called the time of death early in the afternoon on the same day my father had died 15 years before, my son was declared to be, no longer living.
“In my culture, the subject of mental health, and especially suicide, is taboo,” he said. “But poor mental health is happening so much more with the pandemic. We have to start talking about it more so people can get help. It’s not easy to go through this.”
Otto’s own mental health journey began with the August suicide of a tenant in an upstairs bedroom of the home Otto was renting in Frisco.
For several years Jen Horne kept a huge family secret to herself. This generated feelings of guilt and shame- leading to anxiety and deep depression. “I stayed in bed as much as possible. My anxiety was crippling, I felt stuck and paralyzed as it took over my entire body,” shares Jen. “I was terrified of being found out, that my secret would leak. I felt completely unworthy and ashamed.”
How to Talk About Suicide
Showing Concern For Someone
Everyone can clearly see the pain of a physical injury, but it’s the trauma we hold inside that hurts the most. If you believe that a loved one is at risk of dying by suicide, assume you are the only one who will reach out.
The fact that talking about suicide is endlessly helpful doesn’t mean it’s not still difficult to do. A lot of us are nervous about talking to a loved one about suicide because we’re frightened we might say the wrong thing. We want to ease your fears. Below find some helpful tools for talking about suicide with the people in your life.
Why you should talk to kids about suicide.
Suicide rates are rising in the U.S., specifically among kids between the ages of 10 and 14, according to the National Center for Health Statistics. That’s true for depression, too: One recent Centers for Disease Control study of depression found that 5.7% of kids ages 12 to 17 met the criteria. Causes traditionally range from the increased use of cell phones and social media to major transitions or life events like family stress or family history.
Whatever the cause, says Dr. Anthony, there’s a direct correlation between rising rates of suicide and depression, and it affects teens regardless of race, class or background. For parents, prevention starts with knowing the signs.
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