SCHOOLS ARE UNIQUELY POSITIONED TO SUPPORT YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH

Suicide is the #1 cause of death among Colorado youth ages 10-14 & #2 cause of death for ages 15-19.

1 in 3 high school students report feeling sad or hopeless.

For LGBTQ+ students, this rate doubles.

Safe school environments and strong student-adult relationships can reduce suicide risk, but many schools are challenged by limited resources and confidence to provide appropriate support

TOGETHER, WE CAN HELP STUDENTS AND CREATE REAL CHANGE.

PCMH is providing no-cost training and technical assistance to Colorado high schools to increase their capacity to effectively identify, intervene, and support students at risk for suicide.

PCMH is partnering with the school community to create customized, sustainable, and feasible suicide intervention protocols, structures, and strategies that are embedded in existing school practices. We’re focused on:

School readiness

Prevention and identification

Intervention and postvention

Training and education

Participating schools establish a collaborative workgroup of key school stakeholders to meet with PCMH twice a month to:

Identify individual school/district needs
Support school-wide trainings
Develop an action plan
Help assess the effectiveness of the work
Build relationships

INCORPORATING YOUTH VOICE

Teens need support from school staff more than ever before. We partnered with the Mental Health Youth Action Board to develop a video that would drive home that message in a powerful, memorable, and authentic way.

This video will be shared as part of our trainings with school professionals to encourage them to approach students and start a conversation about how they’re doing.

Want to get involved?

Contact us at info@pcmh.org for more information.