is to extend a beacon of hope to those in emotional crisis and offer a continuum of comprehensive care while steadfastly working to decrease the stigma of mental illness through expert clinical care, public education, community collaboration and outreach.
How do I know if someone might be considering suicide?
Look for changes in their behavior: more irritable, more withdrawn, gives away his/her favorite things, changes his/her will or bank accounts, starts drinking or using substances or does these things more frequently than before.
What would push someone to become suicidal?
Every person’s threshold for stress is different, what some people can weather, others cannot. Some people have more support systems or coping strategies that others. Life situations can make people suicidal: divorce or relationship loss, death of loved one, life transitions, financial turmoil/stress, diagnosis of serious illness or medical issue causing loss of activity. Any situation can push individuals to feel overwhelmed, helpless or hopeless.
What do I do if I feel like someone might be at risk for suicide?
Tell them. Express your concerns and try to get them to see a counselor who can appropriately assess his/her risk level. Seek help for them and then provide them with information. Oftentimes people in crisis or in the midst of depression do not have the capacity to seek help on their own. Not because they don’t want to, but they don’t know what to say or where to go. Pride, status, history, many things can be barriers to seeking help.
What do I do if they refuse help?
Each assessment focuses on the person’s level of risk and safety. If you can get them to a counselor, a doctor, or hospital, do not leave. HIPAA prohibits many in the mental health profession from breaching confidentiality and hence, have limited capabilities to speak to those who may have valuable information or major concerns. Often, when in the presence of a counselor or doctor, people can become shameful or minimize their pain when they begin to talk. A loved one or friend can help by sharing concerns and perhaps examples of situations that pose danger to the individual. The most important thing to remember is that if you have serious concerns, stick by the person, don’t leave their side.
The Aspen Hope Center was formed primarily to serve Pitkin County, yet over time, the services provided have begun to span down valley. Today, approximately 50% of the individuals served are from the mid-valley and lower-valley catchment.
Though the Hope Center assists callers with information and referral services when a call is received from outside the valley and even outside the state, the mobile crisis services are only provided to those in the immediate Roaring Fork Valley area.
The Aspen Hope Center serves individuals of all ages. Each year the Hope Center averages 900 new crisis clients served.
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Ages 14 & Under 12%
Ages 15-25 24%
Ages 26-35 22%
Ages 36-50 17%
Ages 51-65 24%
Over Age 66 1%
There are approximately 41,000 suicides in the United States each year.
For every completed suicide, there are about 25 suicide attempts. This is equal to 1,025,000 suicide attempts nationwide annually.
Colorado is always in the top 10 in the country for suicides.
Pitkin County averages 4 suicides per year.
Per the CDC, suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for individuals between the ages of 18-25.
The CDC released its most recent statistics in April of 2016 and reported that suicide in females between the ages of 10-14 had more than tripled from 1999.