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Suicide Prevention Lifelines

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255

The Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.

Colorado Crisis Services 1-844-493-8255

If you do not know where to begin getting mental health, substance use or emotional help for yourself or someone you know—start here. The Colorado Crisis Services provides confidential and immediate support, 24/7/365. If you are in crisis or need help dealing with one, call this toll-free number 1-844-493-TALK (8255) or text TALK to 38255 to speak to a trained professional.

Additional Suicide Prevention Resources

Suicide Prevention Resource Center
Suicide Awareness Voice of Education
Suicide Prevention Lifeline
SAFE-T Suicide Assessment Screener
Man Therapy


Eliminate the stigma of mental illness, decrease death by suicide, and address and prevent substance abuse.

Suicide Statistics

Suicide has become a huge issue for Pueblo County in recent years. The rate of students in the state of Colorado who attempted suicide in the past 12 months is 7.8%, compared to Pueblo County at a rate of 11.5%. The age-adjusted rate of suicide hospitalizations (per 100,000 population) from 2013-2015 is 52% in the state of Colorado, compared to Pueblo County at a rate 108.6%.

If you need help, know that you are not alone. Do not hesitate to talk to someone or call one of the above lifelines for help. Suffering in silence is NOT the answer, and resorting to suicide should NEVER have to be an option.

Teen Mental Health

The Healthy Kids Colorado Survey provides data to better understand the health of Colorado’s middle and high school students so we can support them in making healthy choices. The following data represent the rates of teen suicide in the state of Colorado, compared to the rest of the nation, as well as Pueblo County alone, all from 2015. Providing the proper education and resources to today’s youth is crucial in helping to decrease death by suicide and helping them to understand that any of the pain they might be facing is only temporary.

Students who seriously considered suicide in the past 12 months:
Pueblo 24.2%
Colorado 17.0%
United States 17.2%

Students who attempted suicide in the past 12 months:
Pueblo 9.7%
Colorado 7.0%
United States 7.4%

Students who felt sad or hopeless every day for 2+ weeks in the past 12 months:
Pueblo 38.2%
Colorado 31.4%
United States 31.5%

Maternal Mental Health

Suicide is one of the three leading causes of maternal death, and at least 1 in 7 mothers in the United States experience serious depression or anxiety during pregnancy or postpartum. In a 2013 study conducted in Portland, Oregon, 10,000 women were screened for postpartum depression 4-6 weeks after delivery. Of those 10,000, 21% of women were diagnosed with postpartum depression, and 22.6% were diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

Women thinking about becoming pregnant, trying to become pregnant, or who have given birth are in need of the proper resources to get help if they experiencing any abnormal symptoms before, during, or after pregnancy. A companion or advocate present during pregnancy and at least for the first year postpartum is strongly recommended, as well as having a supportive professional to talk about mental health and/or mood disorders.


Pueblo is working to reduce the stigma of behavioral and mental health (especially with adolescents/teens). A campaign to help accomplish this is Stamp Out Stigma.

Stamp Out Stigma is an initiative spearheaded by the Association for Behavioral Health and Wellness (ABHW) to reduce the stigma surrounding mental illness and substance use disorders. This campaign challenges everyone to transform the dialogue on mental health and addiction from a whisper to a conversation.

Everyone must first recognize the high prevalence of mental illness and substance use disorders; then re-educate ourselves, friends, and family on the truths of mental illness and addiction. When this is done, stigma can be reduced.

It is the goal of Stamp Out Stigma to change perceptions and reduce the stigma of mental illness and substance use disorders by encouraging people to talk about them.

Mental health and substance use disorder diagnoses are more prevalent than heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, migraines, osteoporosis, and asthma, yet misconception and misinformation have left many people with mental illness and substance use disorders afraid to talk about their experiences or to seek help.

Do your part to change that; watch and share the films, wear a wristband, or spread the word on social media.
Stamp Out Stigma


Local Resources

24/7 Lifelines & Online Resources

Pueblo County Resource Directory

Health Solutions
(719) 545-2746

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
(719) 315-4975

Mental Health America of Pueblo
(719) 966-7642

Parkview Medical Center Behavioral Health Division
(719) 595-7891

Pueblo Community Health Center (PCHC)
(719) 543-8711

Crossroads' Turning Point
(719) 546-6666

Contact Us

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Lindsey Dunbar

Colter DeWitt


Resources for Healthcare Professionals

Colorado State Innovation Model (SIM) is a cooperative agreement between the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) and the state of Colorado. Many other states also participate in SIM. Colorado won a $65 million SIM award to integrate primary and behavioral healthcare, as well as disease prevention, and reform health care reimbursement structure in the state.

As outlined in the Operational Plan, Colorado SIM will recruit 400 primary care practices to participate in practice transformation efforts over the course of the grant. Participating practices will be split into three cohorts. The first cohort, consisting of 100 practices, has officially launched as of February 2016. Two additional cohorts of 150 practices each will be on-boarded in 2017 and 2018. The SIM practices will play an integral role in achieving Colorado SIM’s goal of providing access to integrated physical and behavioral health care services in coordinated systems, with value-based payment structures, for 80 percent of Colorado residents by 2019.   

SIM's overall goal is to increase access integrated and comprehensive behavioral and primary care services to 80% of Coloradans by 2019. This goal is to be achieved through the SIM Triple Aim.  

Better Experience of Care:

Access to integrated care for 80% of Coloradans and improvement in 15 clinical quality measures.

Lower Costs:

By increasing access to integrated care to 80% of Coloradans, SIM will save Colorado a projected $126.6 million in the cost of care by 2019 and $85 million in annual savings thereafter.

Improved Population Health:

Projected improvements in 12 areas of physical and behavioral health.

Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment’s Grant

A significant part of Pueblo's grant includes discovering the gaps between behavioral healthcare services and the primary care referral process, along with what obstacles are faced in trying to implement integrated care. Through one-on-one interviews, research, and recruiting members of the Pueblo community to the Pueblo SIM Integrated Health Steering Committee, the goal is to help find resolutions to these complications.

Pueblo's Integrated Health Steering Committee is made up of a diverse group of members from the Pueblo community, with some specializing in the behavioral health field, while others come from various organizations that might be involved with different populations of the community and can provide Pueblo SIM with ideas on how to approach the identified methods of reaching out to people and local agencies. The Pueblo SIM Integrated Health Steering Committee members offer both professional and personal feedback to suggestions for the most effective ways to reach out to both community members and primary care providers. While working towards implementing integrated care, Pueblo SIM makes Pueblo residents aware of how crucial positive mental health is, while also reducing the stigma that has clouded it for so long through reduction campaigns.

If you are or anyone you know is interested in joining the Pueblo SIM Integrated Health Steering Committee and being a part of this great cause, please do not hesitate in contacting us (see the bottom of this page).

A Quick Start Guide to Behavioral Health Integration for Safety-Net Primary Care Providers

The following links are to help benefit both you and your patients/clients: