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If you’re struggling, or know someone who needs help, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK or text CO to 741741. 

Goal of our campaign

Death by suicide is preventable and takes support from all levels of our community. This is particularly important to the Mesa County community. The suicide death rate in Mesa County remains higher than both Colorado and the United States. Also, the rate of suicide deaths has increased over the last two years.

A group of Mesa County partners, including Mesa County Public Health, has launched a coordinated campaign to address this challenge. The goals of the campaign are to:

  • Educate the community about evidence-based, simple ways to support a friend, family member, or co-worker who is experiencing emotional pain. 
  • Reduce stigma in Mesa County when speaking about suicide.

Current state of suicide crisis in Mesa County

Key findings from the 2022 Mesa County Suicide Report indicate:

  • Suicide death is most common among working age adults, 25-64 years old. 
  • Hospital visits for suicidal ideation and attempt are most common among youth and young adults under 25.
  • Drugs or alcohol were involved at the time of death in nearly 75% of suicide deaths.
  • Those who die by suicide have often made previous attempts. In 2022, one in four people who died by suicide had a known previous attempt.

View the full report:

2022 Suicide report.pdf

Suicide prevention in action: #Bethe1to Campaign

#Bethe1to teaches five specific actions to be used when communicating with someone who may be suicidal. These actions are supported by research in the suicide prevention field.

  • Ask If you think someone might be considering suicide, take the first step and be the one to ask. Ask directly, “Are you thinking about killing yourself?
  • Be There If someone you know is thinking about suicide, take the next step and be the one to be there. Listen to their reasons for feeling hopeless and in pain. Listen without judgment and with compassion and empathy
  • Keep them safe. If you ask someone if they are thinking about suicide and they say yes, be the one to keep them safe. Separate them from anything they are thinking of using to hurt themselves.
  • Help them connect. If someone you know is thinking about suicide, be the one to help them connect to resources. Help them build a support system, including the 9-8-8 Lifeline, family, friends, clergy, coaches, and therapists.
  • Follow up. If someone you know tells you they’ve been thinking about suicide, don’t forget to take the last step and be the one to follow up with them. It can make all the difference.

Learn more about how to save a life at bethe1to.com.

Follow Mesa County Public Health on Instagram @mesacountypublichealth to learn more.

More tips on suicide prevention

Are you concerned that someone you know may be at risk for suicide?

Your first step in helping may be as simple as learning the FACTS and warning signs.

The following signs may mean that a youth is at risk for suicide, particularly if that person attempted suicide in the past.

Logo for National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.  Phone 1-800-273-8255 or visit suicidepreventionlifeline.org website

Feelings: Expressing hopelessness about the future.

Actions: Displaying severe/overwhelming pain or distress.

Changes: Showing worrisome behavioral cues or marked changes in behavior, including withdrawal from friends or changes in social activities; anger or hostility; or changes in sleep.

Threats: Talking about, writing about, or making plans for suicide.

Situations: Experiencing stressful situations including those that involve loss, change, create personal humiliation, or involve getting into trouble at home, in school, or with the law. These kinds of situations can serve as triggers for suicide.

If you notice any of these warning signs, you can help! 

  • Express your concern about what you are observing in their behavior.
  • Ask directly about suicide.
  • Encourage them to call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 988 or 800-273-TALK (8255). 
  • Involve an adult they trust.
  • Remember, if you have an IMMEDIATE concern about someone’s safety, call 911 immediately!

Learn more by visiting the Society for the prevention of teen suicide (spots) website.

Crisis text line.  Text CO to 741741.  Free, 24 hours, 7 days a week, confidential.  Supported by healthy Mesa County at healthymesacounty.org

Text the CRISIS Text Line

  • Text CO to 741741
  • Confidential
  • Free 24 hours/7 days a week

Or visit the Suicide Prevention page on the Healthy Mesa County website.

Suicide Prevention

Community Services Building (Public Health)

510 29 1/2 Road
Grand Junction, CO 81504
Monday - Thursday: 7:30 am-5:00 pm
Friday: 7:30 am-12:00 pm