A cascade of hearts, a sense of loss: Suicide and social media in the suburbs

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Special series: Solutions to youth suicide in La Plata County

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A cascade of hearts, a sense of loss: Suicide and social media in the suburbs

Aidan McNulty, a high school senior, Bronwyn McNulty, a seventh-grader, and their father, Scott McNulty, hold hands in a moment of reflection with those gathered for an interfaith service of healing last month at Congregation Beth El in Bethesda, Md., after recent teen suicides.
For help

Help for people having suicidal thoughts or for those who fear a person is considering killing himself can be found from these sources:

Axis Health System: 24-hour hotline at 247-5245.


National Suicide Prevention Hotline: (800) 273-TALK (8255) or text “TALK” to 741741.


RED Nacional de PrevencióN Del Suicidio: (888) 628-9454.


National Crisis text Hotline: 741741


Fort Lewis College Counseling Center: 247-7212.


Boys Town Hotline: (800) 448-3000.


Safe2Tell Colorado: (877) 542-7233 or online at https://safe2tell.org.


Colorado Crisis Support Line: (844) 493-8255 or text “TALK” to 38255 or online at http://www.coloradocrisisservices.org/ to access a live chat available in 17 languages. The line has mental-health professionals available to talk to adults or youths about any crisis, 24 hours a day.


Trevor Project: (866) 488-7386. Crisis intervention and suicide prevention for LGBTQ youth via online chat, text or phone.


Southern Ute Community ACtion Program: Visit www.sucap.org and click on Suicide Prevention for a list of trained gatekeepers.


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.


Survivors Support GrouP: Heartbeat of Durango meets from 6 to 8 p.m. the second Wednesday of every month at the La Plata County Fairgrounds, 2500 Main Ave. Contact Janna for information at (970) 749-1673.


American Foundation for Suicide Prevention: Colorado chapter information available at https://afsp.org/chapter/afsp-colorado/


For Men: A website for adult men contemplating suicide, who often are unwilling to seek help, is available at www.mantherapy.org.

A cascade of hearts, a sense of loss: Suicide and social media in the suburbs

Aidan McNulty, a high school senior, Bronwyn McNulty, a seventh-grader, and their father, Scott McNulty, hold hands in a moment of reflection with those gathered for an interfaith service of healing last month at Congregation Beth El in Bethesda, Md., after recent teen suicides.

A cascade of hearts, a sense of loss: Suicide and social media in the suburbs

Rev. Shelby Etheridge Harasty, from Saint Mark Presbyterian Church, reads “You are not alone” during an interfaith service of healing at Congregation Beth El in Bethesda.