Mental Health Services and Suicide Prevention

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Poudre School District is committed to helping students succeed not only at school, but personally and in the community as well. To address the overall physical and emotional well-being of students, we've created a PSD Community Toolkit about issues affecting students and families today.

This segment focuses on PSD mental health services for all students and how the district responds to students in immediate crisis, listing warning signs, parent tips and available community resources.

 Visit the PSD Community Toolkit "Helping Students Thrive" home page for other important topics addressed in this series. 


Mental Health Services and Suicide Prevention
Helping students thrive emotionally

Mental health services are available to all students to help them deal with emotional and crisis issues. PSD's Mental Health team combines school and community resources and programs to provide students with interventions, prevention and treatment, focusing on individual needs and reducing barriers to services. You can learn more about how the team works with students and families by visiting the PSD Mental Health Services web page. View PSD staff protocols with students who may be suicidal here. 

Students in immediate crisis: The team provides intervention as early as possible to help students who may have suicidal thoughts or are experiencing another crisis that involves harming themselves. If a mental health specialist is contacted about a student immediately in crisis that involves their safety, parents are contacted immediately and included while a plan and team of support are organized for the student. Learn more about the district's suicide prevention services, resources and training by visiting the PSD Suicide Prevention web page.

PSD TV Community Toolkit Videos (on YouTube):


Parent support, tips and resources

  • PSD TV video: Tips for Parents
  • Keep communication open by checking in with your child routinely (ask them how their day was, what they're looking forward to, etc.)
  • If you're having difficulty connecting with your child, ask them how they would like you to communicate with them
  • Be aware of your child's behavior and any changes in behavior
  • Seek help or resources if you have questions or if you feel your child or family needs support from outside services.
  • Attend a suicide prevention training to learn how to identify and help someone at risk for suicide.


Warning signs:

  • Uncharacteristic behavior
  • Changes in friendships or isolation
  • Drop in academic performance
  • Loss of interest in activities
  • Personality change
  • Excessive sleeping


How to help your child or teen 

Immediate steps you should take if they are talking about suicide or depressed:

  • Acknowledge that you are taking them seriously.
  • Let them know that you are accessing resources to help keep them safe.
  • Assure them that you will be with them through the process.

Immediate resources:

Community Crisis CenterCall  494-4200 for crisis concerns including suicide assessments; available 24/7; 1217 Riverside Avenue, Fort Collins

Crisis Assessment Center: Call 970-495-8090 with crisis concerns; located in the Emergency Department of PVH/UCH, 1024 S. Lemay, Fort Collins


Community Resources

These links are provided as a service. PSD does not endorse or recommend services.

  • -  Lists available resources and providers in the community, along with insurance information.
  • Alliance for Suicide Prevention of Larimer County - Offers information about suicide, including facts, warning signs, community resources, grief support groups and more.

  • Mental Health Connections - Counseling options, affordable counseling, and assistance during times of crisis. Call 221-5551, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.; walk in services 8 a.m.- 4 p.m.;  525 West Oak, Fort Collins 
  • Community Crisis Center - 24/7 availability for crisis concerns, including suicide assessment. Call 494-4200; 1217 Riverside Avenue, Fort Collins
  • Crisis Assessment Center -  Call with crisis concerns and suicide assessments - 970-495-8090; located in the Emergency Department of PVH/UCH, 1024 S. Lemay, Fort Collins