Death of Colorado Springs teen sparks conversation about suicide prevention

Suicide prevention

A 14-year-old girl died by suicide early Thursday morning in Colorado Springs.

The superintendent of Cheyenne Mountain District 12 emailed parents Thursday about the ninth grader at Cheyenne Mountain High School.

It comes as a tragic reminder for the community to look out for warning signs and report anything that causes concern.

So far in 2018, El Paso County has seen three youth suicides, including the 14-year-old girl.

It’s important to know there is always help available, and signs to keep an eye on.      

According to Pikes Peak Suicide Prevention, risk factors of suicide include a significant loss, chronic illness, or previous suicide attempts, just to name a few.

If parents, other teens or teachers notice changes in a student, friend, or family member, it’s important to stay with the depressed person and have them call for help.

Pikes Peak Suicide Prevention also said to be specific and direct with the person you are concerned about and ask if they are having thoughts of suicide.

“If you’re not comfortable being that direct, then mention to them why you’re worried, what have you seen, and they will mention that and say, sometimes when people are doing that they are thinking of suicide,” Janet Karnes, Director of Pikes Peak Suicide Prevention, said.

Karnes said once you get there, you can start asking the deeper questions.

“‘Are you thinking of suicide?’ And then usually people will be pretty honest with you, or if they hesitate too long, you know there is a problem,” Karnes said. “If someone is not thinking of suicide they will tell you right away.”

If you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide, there is help available, including:

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