Suicide: A complicated grief


Suicide: A complicated grief

In efforts to stop suicide, it often requires a vocal friend

Suicide: A complicated grief

If you go

Heartbeat Durango will hold the 16th annual International Survivors of Suicide Day, the annual day of healing for those who have lost someone to suicide, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in Noble Hall Room 140 at Fort Lewis College. Admission is free.
To register or for more information, eamil Pat Roberts at [email protected] or call or text 749-1673.
Visit to learn more about the day, which was created by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
The Second Wind Fund of Four Corners still has a few slots open in its free “Question, Persuade and Refer” training for suicide prevention and awareness, which will be held from noon to 12:30 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Pine River Valley Bank. Email [email protected] to reserve a seat.

To get help

The American Association of Suicidology has identified indicators that a person may be considering suicide and the corresponding actions a concerned family member or friend should take. These are signs there is a heightened risk of suicide in the near future, and it is often a combination of symptoms rather than one or two.
Call 911 if:
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.
In La Plata County, visit 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 1 (800) 273-TALK (8255).
If you witness or hear a person exhibiting one or more of these behaviors, call one of the numbers above for a trained gatekeeper or mental-health professional:
Rage, anger or seeking revenge.
Acting reckless or engaging in reckless activities, seemingly without thinking.
Feeling trapped, as though there is no way out.
Increasing alcohol or drug use.
Withdrawing from friends, family or society.
Anxiety, agitation, inability to sleep or sleeping all the time.
Dramatic mood changes.
No reason for living or no sense of purpose in life.
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 Wednesdays 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.
Cortez and Farmington have active chapters of Compassionate Friends for bereaved families of suicide victims. Visit for more information.
The Second Wind Fund of the Four Corners provides access to mental-health care for at-risk youth ages 19 and younger. Visit or call 946-9586 to learn more. This is not a crisis hotline.
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and the Carson Spencer Foundation have created a website for adult men contemplating suicide, who often are unwilling to seek help, at

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