youth suicide series

Teen’s death leads to lasting suicide prevention project

After Cody Ledford, an Escalante Middle School student, died by suicide last year, his family asked everyone who was concerned to send donations to La Plata County 4-H in lieu of flowers. The...

DATE: Oct. 17, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

San Juan Basin Public Health sets ambitious goals for suicide prevention

After hundreds of people gathered for a summit about suicide last year, San Juan Basin Public Health started organizing a communitywide effort to work at reducing the suicide rate. Based on...

DATE: Oct. 17, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Communities That Care coalitions aim to create healthy connections

Across Colorado and in La Plata County, coalitions are working on new efforts to reduce underage drinking, drug use, violence and other problem behavior among teens. It’s work that could also help...

DATE: Oct. 16, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Grief care a crucial support for the bereaved

Tye McClish’s daughter, Lily, was 13 when she died by suicide in Moab, Utah, in January 2017. “The hardest thing for me is there is not going to be any more pictures. There is not going to be any...

DATE: Oct. 12, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

LGBTQ students find support within community

Many of Charlie Stein’s friends who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer have attempted suicide or considered it. Those feelings and attempts are not uncommon. A 2016 study found...

DATE: Oct. 10, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Cultural identity, open conversations aid suicide prevention among Native Americans

For Veronica Krupnick, talking to other students about mental health and thoughts of suicide at Fort Lewis College was a healing experience. The 2017 FLC graduate started attending the Wellness...

DATE: Oct. 9, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango, Bayfield schools start new program to prevent suicide

When teens across the social spectrum, from band members to basketball stars, get involved in suicide prevention, more students are likely to consider asking adults for help. That is the premise...

DATE: Oct. 5, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

At Animas High School, hero’s journey is a model for tackling challenges

Students learned to see their lives as heroic journeys in Shane Nelson’s humanities class at Animas High School last year. “It was really great because a lot of us didn’t understand life at all....

DATE: Oct. 5, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

In Ignacio, students get recognition for outstanding character

Character Counts is a national educational model that works to establish a positive school climate and instill critical academic, social and emotional skills, as well as core character traits....

DATE: Oct. 5, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Anxiety, depression rise among college students

More than half of about 400 Fort Lewis College students surveyed in the spring reported feeling so depressed it was difficult to function at one point within the last 12 months. The striking...

DATE: Oct. 4, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

A health care model to reach zero suicides

Hundreds of patients go to Axis Health System in crisis each year in La Plata County, and the numbers have risen dramatically in recent years. In 2014, Axis staff assessed about 500 patients in...

DATE: Oct. 3, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Trauma changed course of teen’s life

Rachel “Rage” Domingos struggled with trauma, mental illness, addiction and bullying before she died by suicide in 2015. She was 23. Her mom, Ginger Domingos, now sees a clear link between her...

DATE: Oct. 3, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

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