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Reaching Everyone Preventing Suicide

Reaching Everyone Preventing Suicide (REPS) provides suicide crisis support, suicide prevention, and suicide support groups in Routt and Moffat counties in Northwestern Colorado.

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Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR)

Class

Mental Health, Substance Abuse 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Description

QPR can be easily and simply defined as suicide prevention first aid. QPR training instructs how to ask a friend or classmate if they are considering suicide ("Question") and how to keep a person at risk in safety until professional mental health support can be brought to the scene ("Persuade" and "Refer").

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Evidence of Program's Success

Measurable outcomes will be accomplished in three ways: 1) a statistical reduction in suicide attempts, ideation and completed suicides among our youth and adults in Routt County; 2) an increase in numbers of young people seeking treatment for depresssion of other mental health disorders before becoming suicidal; 3) a perception of program value and changing attitudes as reflected from surveys of youth and school counseling personnel both before and after participating in the programs.

JAD/Craig-Scheckman/Kreger-Liman Suicide Prevention Counseling Funds

Class

Mental Health, Substance Abuse 

Beneficiaries

Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Young Adults (20-25 years)
Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Description

Reaching Everyone Preventing Suicide (REPS), in cooperation with the Yampa Valley Community Foundation, will be administering counseling assistance to local youth up to age 22 through support from the Jeffrey Allen Dye Suicide Prevention Fund; and for adults age 23 and up through the Kreger-Liman Fund. Both Funds will pay for 3 free counseling sessions with any approved therapist for those in financial need.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Full utilization of mental health resources for people of all ages regardless of ability to pay; anecdotal evidence from counselors and therapists that program is working and having a positive effect.

ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training)

Class

Mental Health, Substance Abuse 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Children ages 5 to 21
Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Veterans

Description

ASIST is founded on the principle that everyone can make a difference in preventing suicide. The more people in the community who have suicide intervention training, the more likely it is they will be able to identify someone at risk and intervene to keep them safe. A two day workshop gives participants the knowledge and skills that will help them know how to intervene when they fear someone might be at risk for suicide and/or suffering from depression. ASIST graduates save lives by identifying persons at risk and keeping them safe from harm until they are referred to the proper mental health resources. ASIST is offered free of charge to participants and costs REPS between $3-4000 per training session with up to 30 individuals included in each session.

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Evidence of Program's Success

ASIST workshops, like QPR, are intended to change the community culture and attitude toward mental health and suicidal behavior. When a critical number of residents have been trained, the question of suicidal ideation will be asked of everyone living with mental illness, depression, or those facing life crises. There will be little or no stigma attached to suicidal thinking. Community members in need of counseling or therapy will find it readily available; and assisted in achieving long term mental health. Almost everyone who completes an ASIST workshop finds the opportunity to ask a friend, neighbor, colleague, or even someone in their own family, if they are considering suicide. There is no bad answer. If someone is capable of responding to the question, they are alive and the mental health resources of the community can be brought to bear as necessary.

SPA (Suicide Prevention Advocates)

Class

Mental Health, Substance Abuse 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Children ages 5 to 21
Adults
Families
Veterans

Description

SPA volunteer program works with patients who have been admitted to the local hospital for psychiatric evaluation because they are considered a risk to harm themselves. Hospital policy requires each patient in the ED in need of an emergency psychiatric evaluation have supervision to insure their safety and the safety of others. In the past, security personnel provided this service. Security personnel are not allowed to talk to patients. REPS developed the SPA program to provide a way for patients to have supervision while providing compassionate, supportive services during the evaluation process. REPS volunteer services decrease the stress and isolation associated with the psychiatric evaluation process and provide patients with mental health resources available to them in the community. SPA is a unique advocacy program that is a potential model for emergency mental health treatment throughout the region.

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Evidence of Program's Success

The SPA program has only been in operation since 2012 but since that time, no patients who have been counseled and enrolled in a mental health counseling program have returned to the hospital or died by suicide. This 100 percent suicide survivor rate is very strong evidence of program success.

Colorado Gun Shop Project

Class

Mental Health, Substance Abuse 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Children ages 5 to 21
Adults
Veterans

Description

Nearly 80 percent of suicides in Routt County are firearm related. In 2016, REPS is working in partnership with the State of Colorado Office of Suicide Prevention on the Gun Shop Project to disseminate materials to independent gun shop retailers, firing ranges, and firearm safety course instructors in Routt County. REPS will follow-up with shops, ranges and instructors to provide more materials as necessary and to assist in measuring where and how materials are being used. The purpose of the Gun Shop Project is to collaborate with gun shop retailers, gun range owners, and firearm safety course instructors to promote suicide prevention awareness, recognize suicidal behavior, and limit firearm access to the mentally ill.

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Evidence of Program's Success

The Gun Shop Project is in its early years of development. Program success will be measured in acceptance and support from the gun owning community. To date, most of the shops and gun range operators in Routt and Moffat County have initiated support or considering support for this firearm safety project. If this group is willing to monitor their friends for suicidal behavior and assist them by caring for their firearms during times of stress, depression, or suicidal ideation, we are confident that suicide deaths by firearms will drop significantly. Since nearly three-quarters of all suicide deaths in Routt and Moffat Counties result from firearms (7-8 per year for our population of under 36,000) , this could mean several lives each year will be saved.

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