Durango School District to screen students for suicide risk factors

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Durango School District to screen students for suicide risk factors

Health department developing consistent communitywide response
San Juan Basin Public Health and Durango School District 9-R have ramped up their suicide prevention efforts. The health department’s efforts are funded by a state grant program.
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For survivorsThe International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day will be held from 10:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Fort Lewis College in Noble Hall Room 130.
The event will feature the film “The Journey: A Story of Healing and Hope.” The film highlights the healing journey of those affected by suicide.
Heartbeat of Durango is a support group for those who have lost a loved one to suicide. The group meets from 6 to 8 p.m. the second Wednesday of the month at the La Plata County Fairgrounds. For more information, call Janna Schaefer at 749-1673.
For helpHelp for people having suicidal thoughts or for those who fear a person is considering killing himself or herself is available from these sources:
Axis Health System: 24-hour crisis hotline at (970) 247-5245.
National Suicide Prevention hotline: (800) 273-TALK (8255).
RED Nacional de Prevención del Suicidio: (888) 628-9454.
National Crisis text Hotline: 741741
Boys Town Hotline: (800) 448-3000.
Safe2Tell Colorado: (877) 542-7233 or online at https://safe2tell.org.
Colorado Crisis Services Support Line: (844) 493-8255. The line has mental-health professionals available to talk to, live chat or text adults or youths in English and Spanish about any crisis.
Trevor Project: (866) 488-7386. Crisis intervention and suicide prevention for LGBTQ youth via online chat, text or phone.
Second Wind Fund: (720) 962-0706. This is not a crisis hotline, but the fund is available to youths who face social or financial barriers to crisis counseling. The organization requires a referral by a school counselor or mental health professional.
Suicide preventionTo request a brief suicide intervention training session for a group, call Gordon South at San Juan Basin Public Health at 335-2091 or email him at gsouth@sjbpublichealth.org.
To participate in regional stakeholder meetings, contact South as well.
The Southern Ute Community Action Programs offers a Question, Persuade, Refer training for groups focused on identifying a potentially suicidal person, determine the risk of suicide and reducing the risk through safety planning. SUCAP is working to establish a network of people who have received the training who can support each other. Call SUCAP at 563-4517.

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Durango School District to screen students for suicide risk factors

San Juan Basin Public Health and Durango School District 9-R have ramped up their suicide prevention efforts. The health department’s efforts are funded by a state grant program.
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