COLORADO – A new report from the Colorado Attorney General’s office takes a look at what may be causing the state’s youth suicide crisis.
The report is almost 90-pages long and it specifically lists stress factors like rigorous school day schedules that don’t allow children any time to decompress and cyberbullying from social media.
Risk factors attributing to youth suicide:
- Pressure and anxiety about failing.
- Social media and cyber bullying.
- Lack of prosocial activities.
- Lack of connection to a caring adult.
- Judgement and lack of acceptance in the community.
- Substance use, mental health disorders and trauma history.
- Adult suicides in the community impact youth.
Barriers to suicide prevention:
- Not enough resources to effectively implement youth suicide prevention, intervention and postvention activities.
- Each county faces lack of resources and funding for public health and social services programs.
- Lack of equitable distribution of resources across agencies.
- Lack of mental health providers in these communities who accept Medicaid.
- Communities with more mental health resources have few providers who are trained to work with youth or the providers only accept adults.
- Stigma associated with seeking help.
- Stigma against LGBTQ+ individuals limits the places and resources from which those individuals seek help.
Mental Health Colorado says the report is going to be helpful in their efforts to pass about a half-dozen proposals during this year’s state legislature.
Several of those bills include ideas to provide more mental health care for kids in school.