Colorado has one of the highest suicide rates in the country with 19.4 per 100,000 people, according to the Colorado Health Foundation. 478,000+ Coloradans struggle with mental health issues. Nearly 60% of LGBT high school students report having poor mental health. Nearly 14% of adults reporting poor mental health compared to 11.8% in 2007. Poor mental health is on the rise… What are we doing?

Suicide is avoided when talked about seriously, so most just don’t discuss it. Schools will say they’re preventing suicide by adding positive groups, yet are one of the main causes of decreasing mental health. It’s not so much schools themselves, but the overloaded homework, drama, and unfair teachers can cause too much stress for some to handle. In fact, the suicide rate in Colorado has actually increased over the years.

We need to focus and actually try to help. If you need to express your feelings, don’t bottle them up, talk to a therapist or counselor. Therapists aren’t overrated, they can actually help a ton. If you don’t want to talk, but you need to find better ways to cope: punch a pillow, not a wall. Color in coloring books, don’t take it out on your skin or your life. Remember, someone cares, I promise. If you or someone you know is thinking about harming themselves call the suicide hotline number at 1-800-273-8255, they are there 24/7.

By: Aubrey Bowlus