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It’s important to spot the signs.

The signs of a mental health crisis may not be hidden. As the mentors and trusted adults in the lives of young people, it's important to be able to spot the signs before they become something more. From there, you can help them navigate through crisis. Whether they're experiencing anxiety, depression, isolation, or bullying, all you have to do is reach out.

The signs of crisis look different in everyone.

However, there are some specific things to look out for, including:

  • Lack of appetite
  • Weight loss/weight gain
  • Decreased or increased sleep
  • Panic attacks/symptoms
  • Sudden lack of interest in sports or hobbies
  • Expressing feelings of loneliness or despair
  • Substance use
  • Emotional or physical outbursts
  • Irritability, agitation, short-tempered
  • Isolation from friends and family
  • Comments like "I feel like a burden" or "better off without me"
  • Self-harm
  • Goodbye notes
  • We're always here to help.

    When you reach out, you’ll be connected to a clinician or a peer specialist who has been in a similar situation before. Services are always available regardless of one’s ability to pay. And it’s confidential, unless your safety is at risk.

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    What is CCS?

    Colorado Crisis Services (CCS) is a state-wide behavioral health crisis response system that’s here to support you, however you need it. With experience and resources in schools throughout the state, Colorado Crisis Services counselors and professionally-trained peer specialists are here to help youth — and their loved ones — 24/7 during crisis. Just text, call or walk-in.

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    Connect with someone who will listen, understand, and care.

    Call 1-844-493-8255


    Begin a text conversation at any time. We’re here to help.

    Text TALK to 38255


    Get support in-person at your closest crisis center.

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