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SpeakUp ReachOut, The Suicide Prevention Coalition of Eagle Valley, formed in 2009 in response to the tremendously high rate of suicide in both Colorado and Eagle County. Though efforts had been made in the past to raise awareness about the suicide problem, there had always been resistance to publicize this tragedy. In 2009 however, Colorado’s suicide rate increased to 940 deaths, our county also showed an increase in suicide deaths and attempts. This problem in our valley was unable to be ignored.
A small group of organizations came together to work on preventing suicide, which became a community-wide coalition to address the problem. Monthly meetings brought numerous agencies and individuals together to develop programs to increase pevention strategies and awareness.
The Suicide Prevention Coalition consists of a volunteer group of concerned community members from a wide array of organizations (including law enforcement, not for profit agencies, mental health providers, first responders, school representatives, etc.) who recognize the critical problem of suicide in our community. This team has passion and commitment to reduce the number of suicides in our valley and educate our community. The coalition consists of agencies and individuals who provide core health and human services in Eagle County.
The following agencies and individuals are a part of this coalition: Eagle River Youth Coalition , Bright Future Foundation, Eagle County Sheriff, Eagle County Jail, 911 staff, Eagle County Paramedic Services, Avon, Eagle and Vail Police Departments, Vail Valley Medical Center, local clergy, Eagle County Schools, Private mental health clinicians, Mind Springs Health, Samaritan Counseling Center, Search and Rescue, Eagle County Sheriff Victims Advocates, Eagle County Department of Human services and many individual community members.
By bringing these agencies together, the Suicide Prevention Coalition of Eagle Valley works to coordinate suicide prevention, intervention and postvention programs so that all receive the support they need: victims themselves, victims families, the community with intervention training, and emergency responders with clinical support if necessary.
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