"In May of 2021, experts, emergency room doctors and psychiatrists gathered on a call to discuss how the state got to this point and ask questions about why nearly half of youth emergency room intakes in any given week are related to a suicide attempt or mental crisis: Why has demand for mental health services skyrocketed in the past 15 months, and even more so in the last three or four? "
"Suicide is the leading cause of death for youths in Colorado, and as the state takes time to build partnerships and allocate the necessary resources to address the fatal problem, parents, guardians and adults face mounting pressure to ensure that their children are doing well mentally and not reaching the point of suicidal ideation or attempt." These are quotes from the Coloradoan in June of this year,
Nationally, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that in youth and young adults 10 to 24 years old:
Colorado faces a similar and unfortunate reality: