Mental Health for The Public
Suicide Prevention Lifelines
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255
The Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.
Colorado Crisis Services 1-844-493-8255
If you do not know where to begin getting mental health, substance use or emotional help for yourself or someone you know—start here. The Colorado Crisis Services provides confidential and immediate support, 24/7/365. If you are in crisis or need help dealing with one, call this toll-free number 1-844-493-TALK (8255) or text TALK to 38255 to speak to a trained professional.
Additional Suicide Prevention Resources
Suicide has become a huge issue for Pueblo County in recent years. The rate of students in the state of Colorado who attempted suicide in the past 12 months is 7.8%, compared to Pueblo County at a rate of 11.5%. The age-adjusted rate of suicide hospitalizations (per 100,000 population) from 2013-2015 is 52% in the state of Colorado, compared to Pueblo County at a rate 108.6%.
If you need help, know that you are not alone. Do not hesitate to talk to someone or call one of the above lifelines for help. Suffering in silence is NOT the answer, and resorting to suicide should NEVER have to be an option.
Teen Mental Health
The Healthy Kids Colorado Survey provides data to better understand the health of Colorado’s middle and high school students so we can support them in making healthy choices. The following data represent the rates of teen suicide in the state of Colorado, compared to the rest of the nation, as well as Pueblo County alone, all from 2015. Providing the proper education and resources to today’s youth is crucial in helping to decrease death by suicide and helping them to understand that any of the pain they might be facing is only temporary.
Students who seriously considered suicide in the past 12 months:
United States 17.7%
Students who attempted suicide in the past 12 months:
United States 8.6%
Students who felt sad or hopeless every day for 2+ weeks in the past 12 months:
United States 29.9%
Maternal Mental Health
Suicide is one of the three leading causes of maternal death, and at least 1 in 7 mothers in the United States experience serious depression or anxiety during pregnancy or postpartum. In a 2013 study conducted in Portland, Oregon, 10,000 women were screened for postpartum depression 4-6 weeks after delivery. Of those 10,000, 21% of women were diagnosed with postpartum depression, and 22.6% were diagnosed with bipolar disorder.
Women thinking about becoming pregnant, trying to become pregnant, or who have given birth are in need of the proper resources to get help if they experiencing any abnormal symptoms before, during, or after pregnancy. A companion or advocate present during pregnancy and at least for the first year postpartum is strongly recommended, as well as having a supportive professional to talk about mental health and/or mood disorders.
Pueblo is working to reduce the stigma of behavioral and mental health (especially with adolescents/teens). A campaign to help accomplish this is Stamp Out Stigma.
Stamp out Stigma
Stamp Out Stigma is an initiative spearheaded by the Association for Behavioral Health and Wellness (ABHW) to reduce the stigma surrounding mental illness and substance use disorders. This campaign challenges everyone to transform the dialogue on mental health and addiction from a whisper to a conversation.
Everyone must first recognize the high prevalence of mental illness and substance use disorders; then re-educate ourselves, friends, and family on the truths of mental illness and addiction. When this is done, stigma can be reduced.
It is the goal of Stamp Out Stigma to change perceptions and reduce the stigma of mental illness and substance use disorders by encouraging people to talk about them.
Mental health and substance use disorder diagnoses are more prevalent than heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, migraines, osteoporosis, and asthma, yet misconception and misinformation have left many people with mental illness and substance use disorders afraid to talk about their experiences or to seek help.
Do your part to change that; watch and share the films, wear a wristband, or spread the word on social media.
Stamp Out Stigma
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
Mental Health America of Pueblo
Parkview Medical Center Behavioral Health Division
Pueblo Community Health Center (PCHC)
Southern Colorado Family Medicine (through St. Mary Corwin)
Crossroads' Turning Point
The following links are to help benefit both you and your patients/clients:
Follow our posts on the Pueblo City-County Health Department’s Facebook and for more information, please contact us at:
Eliminate the stigma of mental illness, decrease death by suicide, and address and prevent substance abuse.