Quick reference guide of suicide resources

The local community has developed a comprehensive set of resources available for people seeking information or help about suicide. Here are a number of resources we encourage you to use if you are a person contemplating suicide, a family member or friend seeking information for or about someone else, or anyone interested in exploring the support resources that are available:

888-207-4004 — A 24-hour crisis hotline via West Springs Hospital and Mind Springs Health, formerly Colorado West Mental Health

1-800-273-8255 (273-TALK) — National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, also the Veterans Crisis Line via the Department of Veterans Affairs


970-263-2824 — Military veterans can contact Sonja Encke of the Grand Junction Veterans Affairs Medical Center to schedule an educational presentation


970-985-4551 — Heartbeat, support group for survivors of suicide; call to reach Chet or Renee Little, coordinators of the local chapter, which meets the third Tuesday of every month. Also reach them by email at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


http://www.namiws.org — National Alliance on Mental Illness Western Slope webpage, with a host of local resources


http://www.mantherapy.org — Online resource promoting suicide prevention, with a focus on men’s issues


970-683-6626 — Reach Karen Levad, executive director of the Western Colorado Suicide Prevention. She can also be reached via email at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


http://www.attemptedsuicidehelp.com - A list of resources, a comprehensive guide for people who have attempted suicide and loved ones of those who have attempted suicide


http://www.suicidepreventioncolorado.org — Basic suicide prevention, postvention, facts and more at the website for the Suicide Prevention Coalition of Colorado (SPCC)


http://www.afsp.org — Basic information, along with specific guides to risk factors and warning signs of suicide, at the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP)


http://www.cdc.gov — Fact sheets and prevention guides, along with a host of suicide data, at the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


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