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El Paso Cty, CO: Hotline service for students at risk for suicide

Aug 4, 2018, Colorado Springs Gazette: Back to School Guide: Therapy by text: New service arrives in El Paso County schools El Paso County still bears the wounds of multiple teen suicides — 2015 alone had 15 children who took their own lives — but the National Alliance on Mental Health’s campaign, Below the Surface, aims to help children with a “texting therapy” resource. The steps are simple: text TALK to 38255 and trained counselors will respond in a confidential text. If students cannot text, then they can call 1-844-493-8255…. This free service irelationship problems, suicidal thoughts, drugs and alcohol, death and grief, domestic violence, or worries as dedicated to helping students through any situation — depression, stress, anxiety, bout a friend or family member. In 2016, Below the Surface received funding from Colorado Springs Health Foundation, and it is now making its way into schools. … “We only reach out to law enforcement if we believe a teen is a threat to themselves or some-one else,” Jarvis said. Other organizations such as Suicide Hotlines or Safe2Tell have been integrated into schools, but Below the Surface is taking a different angle; “Safe2Tell is primarily about reporting something of concern and action will be taken with law enforcement, but Below the Surface is a therapeutic service for any situation,” Jarvis explained. … Sixteen El Paso County schools have already integrated Below the Surface into their districts to meet students where they are, including Mesa Ridge, Discovery Canyon, Manitou High School and Manitou Middle School, Falcon, Atlas Preparatory and more. …


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