As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, it’s important to know that staying at home can help minimize the risk of exposure to COVID-19. The Mental Health Center of Denver is providing remote services using video and telephone. If you have not received services with us before, visit our Access Services page to get started. If you are in an immediate crisis and need help now, please visit our Colorado Crisis Services information page.
We are devoted to addressing the growing need for suicide awareness and prevention. If you are someone you love is in immediate crisis, please call 911. If you would like to talk to a trained professional who can help, call 1-844-493-TALK (8255) or text TALK to 38255.
Need Help Now?
Visit a Walk-In Center
Colorado Crisis Services operates six walk-in crisis centers across metro Denver. These centers are open 24/7, and offer confidential, in-person crisis support, information and referrals to anyone in need. Click here for more information.
How You Can Help
Use the information provided to learn more about how to prevent suicide by identifying warning signs and find out how to help someone who may be feeling suicidal.
If you are concerned about someone's well-being, know what warning signs to watch for:
- Talking about suicide, death, or preoccupation with dying
- Trouble eating or sleeping (excessive eating/sleeping or unable to eat/sleep)
- Significant changes in behavior and/or personality
- Withdrawing from family and friends
- Loss of interest in activities, work, school, hobbies, or social interactions
- Giving away prized possessions
- Previous suicide attempts
- Increased drug and/or alcohol use
- Statements about hopelessness or worthlessness
- Taking unnecessary risks
- Sudden happiness or calmness following a depressed mood
- A preoccupation with items that could cause harm
- (guns, knives, hanging materials, pills, etc.)
- Problems in school or work performance
- Chronic pain or frequent complaints of physical symptoms
- An inability to concentrate, trouble remembering things
- Feeling strong anger or rage
- Calling or visiting people to say goodbye
- Feeling trapped - like there is no way out of a situation
If someone you know needs help, take action! Your prompt response can save a life.
What To Do
- Take all suicide threats seriously. Listen and express concern in a nonjudgmental way.
- Take action! Get the individual connected with professional help.
- Ask questions openly ("Do you have a plan? Will you talk with someone who can help?")
- Show that you care
What Not To Do
- Do not keep it a secret
- Do not sidestep the issue or treat it lightly
- Do not leave the person alone
- Do not offer simple solutions
- Do not judge
- Do not offer or suggest drugs or alcohol
- Do not try to be a therapist, get professional help
Mental Health First Aid
We offer General Adult and Adults Assisting Youth versions of Mental Health First Aid, crucial training for anyone to help someone in need.
The mission of the Suicide Prevention Coalition of Colorado (SPCC) is to reduce suicide and its impact for all Coloradans through advocacy, collaboration and education.
Suicide Prevention Resource Center provides technical assistance, training, and materials to increase the knowledge and expertise of suicide prevention practitioners and other professionals serving people at risk for suicide.
The Office of Suicide Prevention serves as a clearinghouse for the latest national trends, risk factors, prevention plans, etc. to help recognize and respond to people who are at risk.
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) is the leading national not-for-profit organization exclusively dedicated to understanding and preventing suicide through research, education and advocacy, and to reaching out to people with mental disorders and those impacted by suicide.
The Carson J. Spencer Foundation delivers innovative and effective suicide prevention programs for working-aged people; coaches young leaders to develop social enterprises for mental health promotion and suicide prevention, and offers support for people bereaved by suicide.
AAS is a membership organization for all those involved in suicide prevention and intervention, or touched by suicide. AAS is a leader in the advancement of scientific and programmatic efforts in suicide prevention through research, education and training, the development of standards and resources, and survivor support services.
Part of a multi-agency effort, including the Colorado Office of Suicide Prevention, Carson J Spencer Foundation and Cactus, Man Therapy™ is a resource for working-aged men (25-54 years old) who account for the largest number of suicide deaths in Colorado.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is dedicated to creating the expertise, information, and tools that people and communities need to protect their health – through health promotion, prevention of disease, injury and disability, and preparedness for new health threats.
Mental Health America is one of the premier education and advocacy organizations for mental health. On this page you can access the anonymous and confidential M3 screening test for depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder and PTSD.