How to Start a Conversation about Suicide

Is there someone in your life dealing with anxiety, depression or thoughts of suicide — but is too ashamed to talk about it? Jeremy Forbes saw this happening around him, and now he’s on a mission to teach people how to start a conversation about it. In this deeply personal talk, Forbes shares his approach to helping a group of traditionally silent men in his community open up about their struggles. “We can all be life preservers,” he says. – Ted Talk

The Bridge Between Suicide and Life

For many years Sergeant Kevin Briggs had a dark, unusual, at times strangely rewarding job: He patrolled the southern end of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, a popular site for suicide attempts. In a sobering, deeply personal talk Briggs shares stories from those he’s spoken — and listened — to standing on the edge of life. He gives a powerful piece of advice to those with loved ones who might be contemplating suicide. – Ted Talk

Firefighter/EMS Suicide Screening Document

Important information to screen yourself as a Firefighter and EMS.

Lifelines Documentary Series – Suicide Awareness

Between 2004 to 2014, 196 first responders completed suicide in Colorado alone. Three first responders completed suicide (that we know of) during the production of this film. We have to do more. Take a minute to ask someone if they are OK. Don’t be afraid to ask your colleagues, friends or family members the question, “Are you thinking about killing yourself?” If the answer is yes, please help them to connect with crisis support services immediately. Additionally, any Colorado first responder can text “BADGE” to 741741 for free, immediate, anonymous assistance.

REQUEST HELP

To reach a South Metro Peer Support member, fill this form out and you will be contacted within 24 hours.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

Emergency Responder Crisis Text Line – Text“Badge”to 741741