Zero Suicide program aids community suicide-prevention efforts

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Zero Suicide program aids community suicide-prevention efforts

Suicide prevention is a community effort that includes new Zero Suicide program
Pam Wise Romero, Chief Clinical Officer, Axis Health System
How you can help

Suicide prevention is a community effort that starts with one-on-one personal contact. If someone you know is struggling, or you notice something that worries you, take quick action. Instead of remaining silent, talk to the person openly and honestly. Let them know there is treatment available, and it does work.
The 24/7 Crisis Care line is a gateway to many resources: Call 247-5245.
To spread awareness and engagement with prevention tools, community groups can request Mental Health First Aid training. Call (970) 335-2206.

Tracking a trend

In Colorado, there is a trend toward higher suicide rates compared with other states; but contrary to common belief, Southwest Colorado’s Region 9 does not have the highest rate in the state.
5th Rank of Colorado among U.S. suicide deaths.19 Colorado counties that have a suicide rate higher than La Plata County.8 Suicide deaths in La Plata County out of a 54,688 population estimate. (2015 only)19 Suicide deaths in all of Southwest Colorado (Region 9), 95,887 population estimate. (2015 only)Source: Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment’s Vital Statistics Data Files, 2012-2015

Zero Suicide program aids community suicide-prevention efforts

Pam Wise Romero, Chief Clinical Officer, Axis Health System
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