September 14, 2018

COLORADO – September is National Suicide Prevention month, a time for shedding more light on the sometimes taboo and stigmatized topic.

In Colorado, suicide is the leading cause of death among adolescents. Just last month a 9-year-old boy took his own life in Denver.

Mental Health Colorado says suicide is oftentimes the result of an untreated mental health condition. And it’s important to remember that mental health is not a character flaw or a figment of the imagination, it’s a medical condition that’s treatable.

“The trouble is not a lot of people seeking care because they’re worried about what might happen if someone finds out. And even when they seek care they can’t always find it,” explains Andrew Romanoff of Mental Health Colorado.

If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide there is help. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline number is 1-800-273-8255.

Originally appeared on KOAA.