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Denver may have just been named the best place to live in the country (a moniker I won't dispute), but there's another rank we should all be paying attention to: The Centennial State is seventh in the nation for suicide deaths. As I explained in September's "The Canyon Of Why," Colorado...
March 10 2016, 10:52 AM
A message of hope—and the phone number for Colorado's 24/7 crisis and peer support line—appears on every piece of jewelry.
Tammy Cunningham is no stranger to the complicated nature of grief. More than 20 years ago, her two-year-old son, Tony, was killed in a car accident. And on December 1, 2011, her husband, Noel Cunningham—a well-respected philanthropist and owner of the now-shuttered Strings restaurant—took his own...
February 5 2016, 9:00 AM
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Terri Veliz was 15 years old and despondent. She’d run into the bathroom of her Phoenix home, where her family had moved from Arvada, to escape her mom and stepdad’s anger over borrowing their car without permission. She opened the medicine cabinet, grabbed some bottles, and poured all the pills...
September 21 2015, 11:05 AM
Why? is a common question after a suicide death: Why did he or she do it? Why didn’t I see the warning signs? Why would someone “choose” to die? Often, there is no direct answer. As we explore in “The Canyon of Why,” death by suicide is not caused by just one thing. Still, researchers continue to...
September 10 2015, 10:03 AM
There are plenty of ways to help advance the cause of suicide prevention—and reduce the stigma surrounding this important topic. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention's annual community walks are just one example. (Photo courtesy of JK Photography)
The Colorado chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is hosting a night at Coors Field. While the Rockies take on the Los Angeles Dodgers, a portion of your ticket price will benefit the AFSP. Bonus: There will be a postgame fireworks display. Friday, September 25, 6:...
September 1 2015, 10:34 AM
—Illustration by Emiliano Ponzi
“To rescue the fallen is good, but ’tis best to prevent other people from falling.”
—The Fence Or The Ambulance by Joseph Malins, 1895
Bright colors danced before Josi Stewart, a blurry kaleidoscope floating in the distance. She blinked her chocolate brown eyes and...
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Colorado seems like an idyllic place to live—between the mountains, the sunshine, and the laidback attitude that flourishes here, it’s easy to understand why more and more people (especially young adults) are making the Centennial State home.
But Colorado has historically ranked toward the top...
May 15 2015, 3:00 PM
One of the most common New Year’s resolutions involves a promise to exercise more or eat a better diet. But here in Colorado, we’ve got physical health down pat (at least for the most part)—it’s mental health we need to worry about. As of 2011, 30 percent of Coloradans were in need of mental...
January 22 2015, 1:35 PM