Lengthy earlier than the pandemic put new and unprecedented pressure on teen psychological well being, youth suicide grew to become a disaster in Colorado — the No. 1 reason behind demise for these between the ages of 10 and 17 on this state.
Understanding this, a gaggle of Denver Put up journalists led by well being reporter Jessica Seaman spent a lot of the final yr immersed within the topic of adlescent psychological well being and suicide, and as we speak we’re publishing the outcomes of that challenge, known as Disaster Level, with help from the Fund for Journalism on Baby Properly-Being, a program of the College of Southern California’s Annenberg Middle for Well being Journalism.
We started final yr by touring throughout the state, holding group conversations in 5 counties an effort to find out about and higher perceive youth suicide from the youngsters, mother and father, academics and psychological well being professionals most affected. We believed it was essential to incorporate teen voices in no matter we did, and to that finish we solicited essays from middle- and high-school college students throughout Colorado for a contest, the outcomes of which had been revealed in January.
There are a number of elements to what we’re publishing as we speak, starting with Jessica’s in-depth take a look at Safe2Tell, Colorado’s broadly used pupil tip line that’s nonetheless deeply rooted in legislation enforcement despite the fact that suicide threats and psychological well being issues now make up the most important share of experiences. Jessica discovered there’s little public accountability because the Colorado Legal professional Common’s Workplace doesn’t acquire or observe knowledge displaying what occurs after officers reply to those suggestions.
We’ve additionally assembled a shifting assortment of teenagers’ ideas on psychological well being and suicide, utilizing their very own phrases paired with stunning portrait images by The Put up’s Hyoung Chang. And we’ve shared a collection of movies created by Amy Brothers that take a look at how completely different packages such because the Second Wind Fund are working to assist youngsters and youths battling psychological well being points.
We hope you’ll spend a while as we speak with this essential challenge, each the work assembled by The Put up’s journalists and the stark phrases of Colorado teenagers on the entrance line of this disaster.
— Matt Sebastian, The Denver Put up
Disaster Level: Teenagers more and more flip to Safe2Tell for suicide, psychological well being emergencies. However Colorado doesn’t observe what occurs subsequent.
Helen H. Richardson, The Denver PostJennifer, left, and her daughter Elizabeth, proper, are pictured of their yard on Feb. 23, 2020. Police had been dispatched twice to examine Elizabeth for self-inflicted cuts following Safe2Tell experiences.
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Polis warns of “third wave” as Colorado sees acceleration of COVID-19 unfold throughout all age teams
David Zalubowski, The Related PressColorado Gov. Jared Polis talks about how the state is working to include the brand new coronavirus throughout a information convention Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020, in Denver.
Although Colorado’s rising variety of COVID-19 instances has been fueled by the “vital outbreak” amongst college-aged folks, state officers warned Tuesday that each one age teams now are seeing elevated infections.
Gov. Jared Polis cautioned that Colorado dangers “an enormous third wave” of coronavirus instances if folks don’t keep vigilant by carrying masks, holding their distance from others and avoiding giant gatherings — particularly indoors. Learn Extra…
CSU quarantines 900 college students after wastewater monitoring detects COVID-19 in two dorms
Credit score Brandon Randall, Courtesy CSU AthleticsFreshman Henry Blackburn arrives on Colorado State’s campus in a masks to comply with social distancing pointers on June 12. Blackburn enrolled at CSU a semester early, and received to expertise the faculty lifetime of a student-athlete earlier than the coronavirus outbreak.
Practically 1,000 college students dwelling in two dormitories at Colorado State College have been quarantined after wastewater monitoring revealed a “considerably excessive stage” of COVID-19 inside these campus residences.
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Cameron Peak hearth grows to third-largest in Colorado historical past, chokes Denver and Entrance Vary with smoke
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Sizzling and dry circumstances fueled progress of the Cameron Peak hearth — now the third-largest wildfire in Colorado’s recorded historical past — to 120,251 acres Saturday, threatening a Buddhist retreat close to Purple Feather Lakes and choking Denver and the northern Entrance Vary with smoke.
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Lakers oust Nuggets in Sport 5, ending their magical “bubble” journey
AAron Ontiveroz, The Denver PostJamal Murray (27) of the Denver Nuggets walks off the ground after the fourth quarter of the Lakers’ 117-107 series-clinching win at AdventHealth Area at ESPN Vast World of Sports activities Complicated in Lake Buena Vista, Florida on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020.
The painful, humbling ending did nothing to erase the journey.
For 82 days, the Nuggets stayed confined contained in the NBA bubble, dwelling and respiration basketball each day. Just one member of the family made the journey. For essentially the most half, it was virtually solely the workforce themselves.
For almost three months, they caught collectively, authoring gripping comebacks, re-writing NBA historical past and altering how the Nuggets had been perceived across the league.
However their storied journey got here to an finish Saturday night time, when the Lakers ousted the Nuggets, 117-107, in Sport 5, concluding Denver’s magical run. For weeks, the Nuggets had been the speak of the bubble. Their resiliency and toughness, at occasions, left their coach trying to find phrases. Learn Extra…
Visitor Commentary: I served underneath six presidents — 4 Republicans, two Democrats — just one has didn’t serve U.S. nationwide safety pursuits
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I can personally attest that People had been very properly served by these they elected to fill essential nationwide safety positions. There may be one essential exception to that assertion — our present president. Learn Extra…
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Hyoung Chang, The Denver PostSandra Ortiz, left, and her husband Lucas of Lakewood hike round Silver Dale Interpretive website alongside Guanella Go close to Georgetown, Colorado on Thursday. Sept. 24, 2020. The autumnal explosion of yellows, oranges and reds that rolls throughout Colorado forests in waves from north to south each September and October.