Red Rocks Community College Trains Staff on Suicide Awareness/Prevention

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December 20, 2016

Red Rocks Community College Trains Staff on Suicide Awareness/Prevention

Lakewood, CO Mental or behavioral health issues are one of the most prevalent concerns that college students face.  Here are some of the facts:

  • In 2014, Colorado had the 7th highest rate of suicide in the nation.
  • From 2004 to 2014, suicide accounted for the greatest number of injury deaths in the state, outnumbering motor vehicle accidents, unintentional poisoning, falls, and homicide.
  • More than HALF of college students have had suicidal thoughts and 1 in 10 students seriously consider attempting suicide.

In light of data such as this, Red Rocks has made campus-wide suicide prevention a priority.  On Staff Development Day this past fall, all Red Rocks faculty and staff learned how to better assist those who may be contemplating suicide by completing a three-hour training.  During the interactive “SafeTALK” sessions, faculty and staff were trained on how to approach a student who they suspected may be depressed and/or considering suicide and direct them to appropriate campus resources.

The training was funded through the Garrett Lee Smith Suicide Prevention Grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).  

“The intent of the training is to create a safety net of gatekeepers who can not only appropriately intervene and refer students in need of mental or behavioral health services, but who are also able to identify risk factors and provide help before a student reaches a crisis point,” said Emma Griffis, Suicide Prevention Project Coordinator. “By ensuring that faculty and staff are knowledgeable about suicide and have gained the confidence to approach students or colleagues in need of help, RRCC has shown that the health and well-being of students and employees is a priority.”

If you or someone you know is struggling with depression or suicidal thoughts, please contact Colorado Crisis Services. You can access a 24/7 hotline at 1-844-493-TALK (8255), textline at 38255, and eleven 24/7 walk-in locations across the state which are listed at

Tuesday, December 20, 2016