Suicide Prevention

Suicide Prevention

We are devoted to addressing the growing need for suicide awareness and prevention. If you or someone you love is in immediate crisis, please call 1-844-493-TALK (8255) or text TALK to 38255.

Mental Health Help in Crisis

To Access Our Services, Call Us (303) 504-7900

To schedule a first time appointment at Mental Health Center of Denver for yourself, your child or a loved one, contact our Access Center by calling (303) 504-7900.

Send Us an Email: AccessCenter@mhcd.org

Need Help Now? 

Call 1-844-493-TALK (8255)
If you are in crisis or need help dealing with one, call this toll-free number 1-844-493-TALK (8255) to speak to a trained professional or text TALK to 38255.

Visit a Walk-In Center
Colorado Crisis Services operates 5 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.

Warning Signs

If you are concerned about someone's well-being, know what warning signs to watch for.

Voz y Corazón

Providing free, community-based, culturally sensitive, mentoring and suicide prevention services to teens and their families. 

Questions to Ask

If someone you know needs help, take action! Your prompt response can save a life.

Trainings

If you would like to prepare yourself to be a lifesaver, sign up for one of our prevention trainings.

Resources

It's important to know that help is available. Below is a list of resources, programs and trainings for addressing suicide.

Get Help

Need Help? You can visit a Colorado Crisis Services Walk-In Center, call 1-844-493-TALK (8255)  or text TALK to 38255.

Warning Signs

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

Do You Need Advice Now? 

Call 1-844-493-TALK (8255)
If you are in crisis or need help dealing with one, call this toll-free number 1-844-493-TALK (8255) to speak to a trained professional or text TALK to 38255.

Voz y Corazón

Suicide Prevention Program

Providing free, community-based, culturally-sensitive, mentoring and suicide prevention services to teens and their families. 

Advice for Asking Questions

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

Do You Need Advice Now? 

Call 1-844-493-TALK (8255)
If you are in crisis or need help dealing with one, call this toll-free number 1-844-493-TALK (8255) to speak to a trained professional or text TALK to 38255.

Mental Health First Aid

We offer adult, youth and spanish versions of Mental Health First Aid, crucial training on how to help someone in need.

Resources

Colorado Crisis Services

Do You Need Advice Now?

Call 1-844-493-TALK (8255)
If you are in crisis or need help dealing with one, call this toll-free number 1-844-493-TALK (8255) to speak to a trained professional. 

En Español

Suicide Prevention Coalition of Colorado

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.

National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention

Their mission is to advance the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention (NSSP).

Suicide Prevention Resource Center

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.

Colorado Office of Suicide Prevention

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.

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

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.

Let's Talk Colorado

Let’s Talk Colorado is funded by a State Innovation Model grant from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation. The goal of the Let’s Talk Colorado media campaign is to reduce the stigma around mental illness so that people who need treatment are more likely to seek it.

American Association of Suicidology

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.

Man Therapy

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.

QPR Institute

The QPR Institute offers comprehensive suicide prevention training programs, educational and clinical materials for the general public, professionals, and institutions.

Second Wind Fund

The mission of Second Wind Fund of Metro Denver is to decrease the incidence of teen suicide by removing financial and social barriers to treatment for at-risk youth.

Center for Disease Control Suicide Prevention

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.

ULifeline

ULifeline is an anonymous, confidential, online resource center where college students can be comfortable searching for the information they need and want regarding emotional health.

Mental Health America Screening

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.