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Cripple Creek-Victors schools taking proactive approach to suicide prevention

CO school district joining fight...

CRIPPLE CREEK, Colo. - Just in the last few months, there have been several reports of teen suicides all over southern Colorado.

One district is speaking now about the proactive approach they are taking in the topic.

At Cripple Creek-Victor School District, administrators say over the course of several years, they have added different programs and made changes to their curriculum to include more information about suicide.

The schools have also had grants to improve these programs, and right now, they also work with two therapists that come into the school to speak with students who need them.

"I think we have to make it part of our everyday conversation just like everything else just like everything else we do with teenagers. We have to get authentic and real with them because otherwise, if we don't talk about it and then if that situation comes up they don't know what to do," said Kari Wilson, the counselor at the junior/high school.

The district also says staff being familiar with students is a big part of prevention.

If you are looking for suicide prevention resources, you can visit the suicide prevention lifeline website.

To reach the national suicide hotline, call 1-800-273-8255.

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