Advocacy & Awareness

Local Organizations

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) – Colorado Chapter

The grassroots work we do focuses on eliminating the loss of life from suicide by: delivering innovative prevention programs, educating the public about risk factors and warning signs, raising funds for suicide research and programs, and reaching out to those individuals who have lost someone to suicide.

Colorado Department of Education – Bullying Prevention and Intervention

Colorado has been a leader in bullying prevention with the passage of legislation to help schools and districts reduce bullying incidents. In 2011, the legislature passed the Concerning Measures to Reduce the Frequency of Bullying in Schools Act, creating a state-funded grant program to prevent bullying in Colorado schools. 

Douglas County Youth Initiative

The Youth Initiative is a method of coordinating local youth-serving efforts and assessing the needs of the youngest residents by envisioning a community in which youth are involved, valued, productive, protected and healthy.

Contact Marsha Alston – Youth Services Program Manager 303-688-4825 x5327  or malston@douglas.co.us

          Click Here for the Youth and Family Resource Guide

Friends Colorado

Friends Colorado is a non-profit organization dedicated to the prevention of bullying. We educate and support schools and youth sports clubs with the vision to see all children grow up in a safe, secure, and inclusive environment.

Let’s Talk Colorado

The goal of the Let’s Talk Colorado media campaign is to initiate an inclusive conversation. All Coloradans benefit when we learn to discuss our mental health, and those of us who need treatment are more likely to seek it when we all agree that mental health is everyone’s responsibility.

NAMI Colorado (National Alliance on Mental Illness):  303-321-3104

The mission of NAMI Colorado is to build communities of recovery and hope by educating, supporting and advocating for individuals affected by mental illness and their families.

NAMI Arapahoe Douglas (National Alliance on Mental Illness):  303- 991-7688

At NAMI Arapahoe/Douglas Counties, we offer a variety of mental health classes to assist family members in learning how to better help and support their loved ones dealing with mental illness.

We offer several mental health support groups for adults living with mental illness and their family members.

Speak Now Colorado

Speak Now Colorado hopes you will talk with your children early and often about alcohol, marijuana, prescription medications, and other drugs. The information here will spark ideas for the best times and places to talk. It will also help you choose language your children will understand, based on their age.

National Organizations

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP)

The grassroots work we do focuses on eliminating the loss of life from suicide by: delivering innovative prevention programs, educating the public about risk factors and warning signs, raising funds for suicide research and programs, and reaching out to those individuals who have lost someone to suicide.

Jason Foundation:

JFI believes that awareness and education are the first steps to prevention. We want to establish a Triangle of Prevention by providing students, parents and teachers the tools and resources to help identify and help at-risk youth.

Now Matters Now:

We have had suicidal thoughts and emotions and problems that felt unsolvable. Here are our stories, including research based ways for managing the most painful moments of life. We teach Mindfulness, Mindfulness of Current Emotion, Opposite Action and Paced-breathing. These skills are part of Dialectical Behavior Therapy or DBT, proven to be helpful for people considering suicide. These tools are not considered a replacement for one-to-one counseling. You do not have to have suicidal thoughts or mental health problems to use these tools – they are useful for most people and many problems.

SAMHSA – Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA’s mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities.

Suicide Prevention Coalition of Colorado:

The mission of the SPCC is to reduce suicide and its impact for all Coloradans through advocacy, collaboration and education.

Working together. Working statewide. Working to make a difference.

Youth Suicide Prevention Programs

Sources of Strength:  Youth -Program – School based

“A best practice youth suicide prevention project designed to harness the power of peer social networks to change unhealthy norms and culture, ultimately preventing suicide, bullying, and substance abuse. The mission of Sources of Strength is to prevent suicide by increasing help seeking behaviors and promoting connections between peers and caring adults. Sources of Strength moves beyond a singular focus on risk factors by utilizing an upstream approach for youth suicide prevention. This upstream model strengthens multiple sources of support (protective factors) around young individuals so that when times get hard they have strengths to rely on.”

Yellow Ribbon Program: 

Dedicated to preventing youth suicide – school based program. NOT A CRISIS LINE303-429-3530 

Statistics

AFSP – Statistics

Office of Suicide Prevention Colorado – Statistics

Colorado Trust – Bullying Prevention – Statistics

Referral and External Links Disclaimer: The Douglas Arapahoe Suicide Prevention Alliance (DASPA), Douglas County Sheriff’s Office (DCSO) and the Youth Education Safety in Schools (Y.E.S.S.) program are not allowed to make referrals to any one particular service provider over another. Users of this list take on full responsibility for use of providers they choose to utilize. Many external links have been provided on this document as a service and convenience to our community. These external sites are created and maintained by other public and private organizations. The DASPA, DCSO & Y.E.S.S. does not control or guarantee the accuracy, relevance, timeliness, or completeness of this outside information. Further, the inclusion of links to particular external sites is neither intended to reflect their importance, nor is it intended to endorse any views expressed, products or services offered on these sites, or the organizations sponsoring the sites.

The DASPA, DCSO & Y.E.S.S. are not responsible for the care or lack of care you receive from a provider. Please be a good consumer and get references when seeking counseling or help from organizations