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MHP Recognizes Suicide Prevention Month 2020

MHP Recognizes Suicide Prevention Month 2020

For Immediate Release: September 25, 2020

Media Contact:
Kristina Shaw, MHP Marketing Director and Public Information Officer  kshaw@mhpcolorado.org | 619-885-0191

In Honor of National Suicide Prevention Month, Mental Health Partners (MHP)
Increases Community Support, Raises Funds for Trainings and Education

A recent Center for Disease Control (CDC) report finds suicidal ideation, along with other mental health challenges, has significantly escalated since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, suicide prevention has been, and remains, an essential focus of Mental Health Partners’ (MHP) clinical and supportive mental health and addiction recovery services. This September, in honor of National Suicide Prevention Month, MHP is supporting a suicide-safer community through the following community and philanthropic activities:

  • 3rd Annual Boulder Skyline Traverse Challenge Raises $27,000 for Suicide Prevention Training and Education
    On Saturday, Sept 12, 2020, seventeen teams of one or two individuals surpassed this year’s goal of $25,000 in the 3rd Annual Boulder Skyline Traverse Challenge by tackling the 17-mile Boulder Skyline Traverse or participating in the “Couch Challenge.” All contributions will fund MHP’s suicide prevention training courses and education on anxiety, depression, and other mental health challenges. See photos and information from this year’s Challenge on our Facebook page (MentalHealthPartnersCO)! For information on our expert-led suicide prevention trainings, please visit: mhpcolorado.org/training.
  • Implementation of Mental Health COVID-19 Pandemic Response
    Through the statewide “Colorado Spirit” grant, MHP welcomed to its team 10 outreach workers and support staff specifically trained to provide mental health support and resources to communities impacted by the pandemic. This team will concentrate their efforts on areas and populations that may be more vulnerable to anxiety, depression, hopelessness, worry or isolation due to the pandemic, such as older adults, families with young children, racial/ethnic minorities, essential workers, and those living in Colorado’s mountain communities. Implementation of the team’s intervention and prevention efforts will begin in late September and run through June 2021.
  • “Back to School” and Youth Suicide Prevention Resources
    In addition to the historical stressors that a new school year brings to students and their families, this year’s COVID-19 safety precautions have created additional pressures, such as adjusting to online learning or hybrid schedules and following mask and social distancing requirements. In an effort to decrease suicidal ideation and improve overall mental wellbeing for students this school year, MHP has created a “Back to School” section on its website featuring resources and support for students and families on these issues, with a specific emphasis on youth suicide prevention. Learn more here: mhpcolorado.org/back-to-school.
  • Dedicated to the “Zero Suicide” Movement
    MHP is part of the national “Zero Suicide” movement, which creates a practical framework for system-wide transformation toward safer suicide care. Through participation in this movement, MHP is providing suicide prevention trainings for staff and, this month, reached out to all clients with information about suicide prevention, helpful resources, and ways to connect with mental health crisis care.

About Mental Health Partners: 
In alignment with our mission – Healing is our purpose. Help is our promise. Health is our passion. – Mental Health Partners (MHP) provides immediate access to expert mental health and substance use care so people can enjoy healthy and fulfilling lives. For more information, visit www.mhpcolorado.org. For emergency assistance with a mental health crisis, please call 1 (844) 493-TALK (8255), text TALK to 38255 or go directly to our 24/7 Walk-In Center at 3180 Airport Rd., Boulder, CO. To access other MHP clinical and supportive services, call (303) 443-8500.