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Teen suicide resources: 7% decrease in anonymous tips with Safe2Tell


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) -- Safe2Tell Colorado, an anonymous resource for students, parents, school staff, and community members to
report youth and safety concerns has reported a 7% decrease in tips this year compared to last year.

While tips have decreased for the 2019-2020 year, suicide threats remained Safe2Tell’s most frequently reported tip category. Safe2Tell says self-harm, welfare check, child abuse, and cyber-bullying reports increased from March through July.

From Aug. 1, 2019, through July 31, 2020, Safe2Tell received a total of 20,822 tips, 3,821 of those tips were regarding suicide.

The reporting of suicide threats remaining the #1 most reported tip comes days after a Colorado Springs teen was found dead near Pulpit Rock.

“We in Colorado have a shared goal: to support young people and to do whatever we can to develop strategies to help keep them safe,” said Attorney General Phil Weiser.

Safe2Tell is not an emergency response unit nor does it provide crisis counseling services; it is a conduit of information for distributing anonymous tips to local law enforcement, school officials, and other appropriate responding parties according to state law.

Warning signs of suicide include:

  • Talking about wanting to die
  • Looking for a way to kill oneself
  • Talking about feeling hopeless or having no purpose
  • Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain
  • Taling about being a burden to others
  • Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs
  • Acting anxious, agitated or recklessly
  • Sleeping too little or too much
  • Withdrawing or feeling isolated
  • Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge
  • Displaying extreme mood swings

The more these signs a person shows, the greater the risk. Warning signs are associated with suicide, but may not be what causes a suicide.

If someone you know exhibists warning signs of suicide:

  • Do not leave the person alone
  • Remove any firearms, alcohol, drugs or sharp objects that could be used in a suicide attempt
  • Take the person to an emergency room or seek help from a a medical or mental health professional

To make a report, individuals can call 1-877-542-7233 from anywhere, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Reports also can be made at or through the Safe2Tell mobile app which is available on the Apple App Store or Google Play.

Pikes Peak Suicide Prevention Partnership also provides resources, with teen talks on Sunday from 6:00 pm-7:00 pm.

If you or anyone you know needs help, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1 (800) 273-8255.

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