Durango man, 22, dies by suicide

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Durango man, 22, dies by suicide

Self-inflicted death is fifth to take place in La Plata County this year
Jacob Shepherd, seated at right, died Monday by suicide at 22. Shepherd, a Durango High School alumnus, played baseball for the Demons and earned a scholarship to Trinidad State Junior College with his twin brother, Kyle.

Durango man, 22, dies by suicide

Jacob Shepherd, seated at right, died Monday by suicide at 22. Shepherd, a Durango High School alumnus, played baseball for the Demons and earned a scholarship to Trinidad State Junior College with his twin brother, Kyle.
To get help

Help for people having suicidal thoughts or loved ones who fear a person is considering killing themselves can be found from these sources:
In La Plata County, visit www.sucap.org and click on Suicide Prevention for a list of trained gatekeepers.
Call the Axis Health Systems 24-hour Hotline at 247-5245.
Contact a mental-health professional; or for a referral, call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1 (800) 273-TALK (8255).
Crossroads Center at 403-0180.
Boys & Girls Club Hotline: at (800) 448-3000.
Safe2Tell at (866) 542-7233.
Colorado Crisis Support Line at (844) 493-8255. The line has mental-health professionals available to talk to adults or youths about any crisis.
Second Wind Fund at 946-9586. The fund is available to youths who face social or financial barriers to crisis counseling. The organization doesn’t take direct calls but requires a referral by a school counselor or mental-health professional.
Fort Lewis College Counseling Center at 247-7212.
A website for adult men contemplating suicide, who often are unwilling to seek help, is available at www.mantherapy.org.
When to call 911
The American Association of Suicidology has identified indicators that a person may be considering suicide and corresponding actions a concerned family member or friend should take. These are signs of a heightened risk of suicide in the near future, and it’s often a combination of symptoms rather than one or two:
Someone is threatening to hurt or kill themselves.
A person is seeking access to a way to kill themselves such as pills or weapons.
Someone is talking or writing about death, dying or suicide.
The Durango Chapter of Heartbeat for people who have lost loved ones to suicide meets from 6 to 8 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesday of the month at Durango Fire Protection District Station No. 1, 142 Sheppard Drive in Bodo Industrial Park. For more information, call 403-4103 or 749-1673.

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