"My advice is for people to ask directly if someone is thinking of suicide, (and) do not assume they should fit some stereotype of what you think a suicidal person is," said Janet Karnes "And most of all, be willing to go with them or take them to get help. Suicidal people feel hopeless and alone so (insisting) to be there for them can be very beneficial."
According to the American Psychological Association, warning signs of suicide include:
- talking about committing suicide
- trouble eating or sleeping
- drastic changes in behavior
- withdrawing from friends or social activities
- losing interest in school, work or hobbies
- preparing for death by writing a will and making final arrangements
- giving away prized possessions
- previous suicide attempts
- taking unnecessary risks
- having experienced recent and serious losses
- being preoccupied with death and dying
- losing interest in his or her personal appearance
- increasing alcohol or drug use
If you or someone you know are showing warning signs of suicide, visit the following resources offered throughout El Paso County:
Suicide Prevention Partnership Pikes Peak Region
- 704 N. Tejon St., Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Suicide Prevention Partnership Pikes Peak Region offers resources and support groups for people who have attempted suicide or lost someone to suicide. The partnership hosts a free, anonymous support group Mondays at 7 p.m., and includes Children Left Behind by Suicide, a group for children and teens that have lost a loved one to suicide. Training opportunities to provide suicide first aid are available for people aged 16 and older.
HEARTBEAT Fort Carson
HEARTBEAT is a peer support group that offers resources and support for people who have lost someone to suicide.
Second Wind Fund of El Paso and Teller Counties
The Second Wind Fund provides treatment to youth 19 years old and younger who are at risk for suicide by matching them to a licensed therapist in their community.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
- 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline offers 24/7 access to services year-round by connecting callers with a network of local crisis centers for people who are in suicidal crisis or emotional crisis. The service is free and confidential.
National Alliance for Mental Illness - Colorado Springs
- 510 East Willamette, Colorado Springs, CO 80903
The National Alliance for Mental Illness in Colorado Springs is a grassroots organization that offers education programs for families and individuals who live with mental illness.
Safe2Tell Colorado is an anonymous way for students, parents, school staff and community members to report concerns about their safety or another's safety. A mobile app is available for Apple and Android.
Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance
- 2132 E. Bijou St., Suite 112, Colorado Springs 80909
The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance offers services and support groups for families and individuals living with mood disorders.
Inside/Out Youth Services
- 235 S. Nevada Ave., Colorado Springs, CO; 223 N. Wahsatch Ave., Colorado Springs, CO
Inside/Out offers youth development and recreation programs for at-risk LGBTIQ youth in Colorado Springs. Around 25 percent of Colorado youth who identified as gay, lesbian or bisexual considered attempting suicide, according to data recorded by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment during the 2016-2017 fiscal year. Thirty-five percent of transgender students reported suicide attempts during the same year.
Services for veterans
A Family Harbor
- 1330 Quail Lake Loop, Suite 200, Colorado Springs 80906
A Family Harbor helps veterans and their families found counseling and mental health services.
Mt. Carmel Veterans Service Center
- 530 Communication Circle, Colorado Springs, CO 80905
Mt. Carmel Veterans Service Center offers behavioral health counseling for veterans and their families, among other assistance programs.
Peak Military Care Network
- 1257 Lake Plaza Dr., Suite 220, Colorado Springs, CO 80906
The Peak Military Care Network links service members, veterans and their families to health care providers in the community.
AspenPointe provides a number of healthcare resources, including mental health services.
Colorado Crisis Services (in partnership with AspenPointe)
- 1-844-493-TALK or text "TALK" to 38255
- 115 S. Parkside Dr., Colorado Springs, CO 80910; 6071 E. Woodmen Road, Suite 135, Colorado Springs, CO 80923
Colorado Crisis Services provides 24/7 access to mental health services year-round over the phone, in person or by text message.
Colorado Springs Counseling Services
- 2864 S. Circle Dr., Suite 600, Colorado Springs, CO 80906
Peak Vista Community Health Center - Fountain Office (includes AspenPointe)
- 350 Lyckman Dr., Fountain, CO 80817