Program Coordinator | 970 335 2091

Suicide Prevention

San Juan Basin Public Health (SJBPH) believes in supporting all aspects of a person’s health, including mental health. We strive to help local residents feel supported in every area of their lives (school, family, community, faith) and when mental health challenges arise. In this way, SJBPH is working to decrease the rates of suicide mortality and attempts for all individuals in Archuleta, La Plata, and San Juan counties.

The Colorado State Innovation Model (SIM) Local Public Health funding seeks to improve the behavioral health and wellness in these communities through maximizing access to behavioral health preventive services, developing partnerships, and building systems that support community-clinical linkages.



Axis Health System Crisis Line  |  970-247-5245
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline  |  1-800-273-8255
Crisis Text Line  |  Text HOME to 741741
Nacional de Prevención del Suicidio  |  1-888-628-9454
Options For Deaf + Hard of Hearing  |  1-800-799-4889
Veterans Crisis Line  |  1-800-273-8255
Crisis Support for LGBTQ Youth  |  1-866-488-7386


SJBPH is leading community-based suicide prevention initiatives in Archuleta, La Plata, and San Juan counties using a Collective Impact process. Collective Impact is defined as the commitment of a group of actors from different sectors to a common agenda for solving a specific social problem, using a structured form of collaboration. This process includes:

  • Steering committees: Formed in La Plata and Archuleta counties with multiple stakeholders who will guide the collective impact process.
  • Workgroups: Community Response to Suicide Workgroups have been formed in La Plata and Archuleta counties to create response plans in local communities. Youth Engagement Workgroups have been formed in both counties as well. (Additional workgroups formed might include prevention and social connectedness.)
  • Strategic Planning: A broad range of stakeholders met to generate ideas on interventions to address suicide, and then prioritized those themes/interventions based on 1) feasibility of action and 2) impact on the problem. From this, goal statements were created for the top themes.

Collective Impact Overview

Collective Impact Model

Archuleta County Common Agenda

La Plata and San Juan Common Agenda

Key elements of a suicide safer community involve maximizing access to preventative and behavioral health services, including disseminating a mental health promotion/stigma reduction campaign, and conducting ongoing community outreach and training around responding to signs of suicide, while building systems to strengthen community-clinical linkages.

Brief Suicide Intervention Training

Join us in the fight against suicide. A Brief Suicide Intervention Training (BSIT) is a great introduction on how to respond to signs of suicide for both community members and health and human services providers. Components to the BSIT are:

  1. Increase awareness about suicide as a problem in the community,
  2. explore common barriers preventing the willingness to intervene,
  3. inform participants about risk factors and warning signs,
  4. increase skills to intervene,
  5. discuss motivational strategies for increasing safety, and
  6. provide resources for further help.

Let’s Talk

SJBPH is working with a coalition of partner organizations on a new public health campaign called “Let’s Talk Colorado.” The campaign spotlights the stigma around mental illness so that the people who need this type of help are more likely to seek it.

The campaign stresses that talking about mental illness and a person’s mental health struggles can “save a life,” so it’s worth dealing with some awkwardness or embarrassment at not knowing what to say. If you or someone you know is in need of support, please contact Colorado Crisis Services at 1-844-493-TALK (8255), text “TALK” to 38255, or go to to access a live chat available in 17 languages. Help and hope are available 24 / 7 / 365.

To learn more visit the website Let’s get the conversation started.

Suicide interventions are about human connection. Caring for our peers, family members and even strangers is at the root of preventing suicide. Whether it is a systems-level intervention or simply a caring individual starting a supportive conversation with someone who is hurting, we can all play a role in making a connection and possibly, saving a life. Please join us in these efforts.

The Brief Suicide Intervention Training not only saves lives but reduces the stigma of mental health challenges and depression. Anyone interested is welcome to request a training.

Collective Impact is a community-based approach involving many partners from a wide range of sectors in the collaborative process. We need representation from every subgroup of our communities for an effective response to suicide.

The mental health promotion campaign, Let’s Talk, increases connectedness and conversation around mental health and suicide awareness. We have various campaign materials in need of distribution.

Call 970-335-2091 for more information.


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