Suicide rates have been on the rise in the United States over the last two decades, with the latest data from 2018 showing the highest suicide rate since 1941. In 2019, the National Institute for Mental Health, called suicide a major public health concern and determined it is among the leading causes of death in the United States.
The Colorado Healthy Kids Survey (2019) from Denver Public School students further shows that:
· Suicide is also the leading cause of death for those 10 to 24 years of age
- About a third of youth report feeling sad or hopeless
- Approximately 6.4% of youth in high school reported a suicide attempt in the past 12 months
- Approximately 10% of youth in middle school reported having attempted suicide sometime in the past
- Females reporting more frequent attempts compared to males
- LGB and transgender youth reported a greater frequency of attempting suicide compared to heterosexual and cisgender youth
The We Got This Youth Summit is being organized in part by young adult leaders in our community for their peers. The half-day, youth-focused event will include breakout sessions derived from survey results from over 2,400 Colorado youth focused on mental health trauma, challenges, and resources. The goal of the Summit is to provide students and young adults access to meaningful information and resources to support mental health, wellness, and youth suicide prevention in our community. At the end of the day the youth will have had the opportunity to identify those mental health and wellness issues most relevant to them, they will have voted on their top priorities and will have identified a path forward to advance the youth voice on this issue.
- What: We Got This Youth Summit: a half-day summit discussing teen mental health and wellness
- Who: 400 Denver-area youth, public health providers, mental health clinicians, educators, and parents
- When: October 25, 2021, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
- Where: The Ritchie Center at the University of Denver
Youth suicide and mental health is a community issue – our kids need us to join and support this conversation about mental health. The Denver Department of Public Health & Environment is seeking to engage local sponsors for the We Got This Youth Summit to elevate the conversation and provide a much-needed platform for discussion, resources, and healing. We welcome any level of support.
Below are some examples of ways you can join us to support Denver’s youth:
- Sponsor one of three therapy areas at the Summit – we'll offer art therapy, pet therapy and yoga throughout the day for any attendees who are feeling triggered or would like to learn skills to better cope with stress
- Sponsor digital interaction– interactive feedback will be collected and shared in real-time throughout the Summit via an online
- Sponsor an exhibit in the exhibition hall – set up a tabletop display and engage directly with attendees throughout the day
- Sponsor a healthy lunch for Summit attendees
- Other ideas? Don’t hesitate to reach out and let us know how you’d like to be involved
Your generous support for the We Got This Youth Summit will be acknowledged in various ways, including on signage and other Summit assets. For more information or to support our youth, please contact Rick Padilla, Suicide Prevention Administrator, DDPHE, AT 720-209-1909 or Rick.email@example.com.