DENVER — Colorado has the highest rate of teen suicide in the country.
To combat it, the Colorado Attorney General, mental health organizations, filmmakers, families and teenagers all came together Tuesday to launch a new awareness campaign at the Ralph L. Carr Judicial Building in Denver.
Teens directly impacted by suicide or mental health struggles appear in public service announcements that will begin airing through social media. The goal is to support teen-to-teen conversations, raise awareness about youth suicide and highlight resources available for support.
Student speakers also shared their stories with the group.
“I didn’t know that it was OK not to be OK,” said Lily Osborne, a student at Cherry Creek High School. She says her school was shaken earlier this year when fellow student Jack Padilla died by suicide. “It shattered everyone’s world,” she said.
It also inspired the students to speak out about their own mental health struggles, hoping to shed the stigma.