National Suicide Prevention Month

National Suicide Prevention Month
Posted on 09/09/2020
September is National Suicide Prevention Month





Dr. Stephanie Crawford-Goetz Courtesy of Dr. Stephanie Crawford-Goetz, DCSD Director of Mental Health


Suicide prevention takes the entire community working together. A successful suicide prevention effort includes interagency and parent collaboration with a layered approach to benefit the community to a greater extent. There are several partners that DCSD works beside in Douglas County. DCSD has worked hard at forming relationships with these entities so that each group is comprehensively supporting students and families, as partners.


Please review the following list of resources, should you have a concern that a person may be experiencing behavioral changes, mood swings, depression, or suicidal thoughts.
Douglas County has an anonymous reporting system available at all times. Anyone with a concern for someone’s well-being or safety can use Safe 2 Tell (1-877-542-7233) 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

During times of extra caution and social distancing due to COVID-19, in order to lessen the risk of exposure for people experiencing behavioral and mental health concerns and reduce unnecessary emergency room visits, all are encouraged to call and access community centers. This allows the Emergency Rooms to focus on the physical health needs of others during this time. Below is a list of community centers in our metro area.
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In compliance with Titles VI & VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008, and Colorado law, the Douglas County School District RE-1 does not unlawfully discriminate against otherwise qualified students, employees, applicants for employment, or members of the public on the basis of disability, race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, religion, ancestry, or need for special education services. Discrimination against employees and applicants for employment based on age, genetic information, and conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth is also prohibited in accordance with state and/or federal law. Complaint procedures have been established for students, parents, employees, and members of the public. The School District’s Compliance Officer and Title IX Coordinator to address complaints alleging sexual harassment under Title IX is Ted Knight, Assistant Superintendent, 620 Wilcox Street, Castle Rock, Colorado, complianceofficer@dcsdk12.org, 303-387-0067. Complaints regarding violations of Title VI, (race, national origin), Title IX (sex, gender), Section 504/ADA (handicap or disability), may be filed directly with the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, 1244 North Speer Blvd., Suite 310, Denver, CO 80204. Complaints regarding violations of Title VII (employment) and the ADEA (prohibiting age discrimination in employment) may be filed directly with the Federal Office of Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, 303 E. 17th Ave., Suite 510, Denver, CO 80202, or the Colorado Civil Rights Commission, 1560 Broadway, Suite 1050, Denver, CO 80202.