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22 Veterans commit suicide each day.  That statistic simply brings tears to my eyes.  Whether you are a veteran, a sexual minority, gender variant, LGBT youth, or anyone in pain; here is a list of local and national resources and support lines to help you.

National Suicide Prevention Hot Line: 800.273.8255 is available to anyone.  There is a veteran’s line available by pressing 1.

SUPPORT FOR GAY, LESBIAN, BISEXUAL AND TRANSGENDER (GLBT) YOUTH

 

COLORADO RESOURCES

Here is a link to a broad variety of local suicide prevention and other support resources by county in Colorado: http://www.suicide.org/hotlines/colorado-suicide-hotlines.html

  • Boys Town (for at risk children)
  • Disaster Distress Helpline
    • 1-800-985-5990
    • Text TalkWithUs to 66746
    • TTY for Deaf/Hearing Impaired: 1-800-846-8517

OTHER RESOURCES

DATING ABUSE & DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

HUMAN TRAFFICKING

  • National Human Trafficking Resource Center
    • 1-888-373-7888
    • Text BeFree (233733)

CHILD ABUSE

  • USA National Child Abuse Hotline
    • 1-800-422-4453 (24/7)

RUNAWAYS

EATING DISORDERS

  • National Eating Disorders Association
    • 1-800-931-2237 (Monday-Friday, 11:30 am-7:30 pm EST)
  • ANAD: National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders
    • 630-577-1330 (Monday-Friday,12 pm-8 pm EST)
    • Email ANAD

CUTTING/SELF INJURY

REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH

  • Planned Parenthood
  • STI Resource Center
    • Call 919-361-8488 (Monday-Friday, 8:00 am-6:00 pm EST)

VETERANS

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It is startling but true that suicide is the seventh leading cause of death in Colorado.

In light of Robin William’s apparent suicide yesterday, the timing of Governor Hickenlooper’s new crisis support line could not be more timely.  For the first time in our history, Colorado has a crisis line where people in emotional turmoil can call and talk to a trained caregiver at no charge.

Callers to the Colorado Crisis and Support Line will be able to speak with mental health professionals 24 hours a day, 365 days a year at 844-493-TALK (8255).

If you are in pain, please remember there is always hope.  It does get better!