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With gun sales spiking in Colorado, let’s talk about suicide prevention

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An emergency room physician and a gun shop owner, who advocate together for suicide prevention, say they are concerned a recent increase in gun sales in Colorado could leave more people at risk for suicide.

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Protecting children and families during isolation

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Child welfare caseworkers in Denver are working to safely visit families who may be at risk during this time of social distancing to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

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Inside one school district’s efforts to keep students mentally healthy during coronavirus shutdown

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School mental health professionals are working to show students they are supported while school buildings are closed to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

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No security blanket: Rural Colorado jails struggle to provide mental health treatment

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When a detainee is suffering a mental health crisis, Rio Grande county deputies and staff keep watch from a desk just steps outside the holding cells. Periodically, they enter the cell to check on the person and offer calming words. But they are not trained mental health professionals.

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Boulder County emphasizes mental health services for offenders

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At the Boulder County Jail, incarceration means an immediate mental health evaluation, and it begins at the booking desk.

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Behind bars, a threat looms: Deputy nearly dies after attack by mentally ill inmate

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A jail deputy suffered permanent injuries and lost his career after an attack by a mentally ill inmate. But remarkably, he says he holds no grudge against the man who nearly killed him and never wanted him to be prosecuted.

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A broken system: Colorado struggles to uphold laws requiring timely mental competency service for detainees, despite losing lawsuits and years of failure

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Hundreds of people are in Colorado jails, presumed innocent while awaiting trial, but are stuck there because the state has failed for nearly a decade to provide mental health services, including mental competency evaluations.

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The never-ending cycle of the mental health hold: How many M-1 holds does it take before a person in crisis can get real help?

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Forrest Williams spent more than a year in the Arapahoe County jail -- not for any crime, but awaiting mental health treatment so the 25-year-old could be deemed competent to face charges of threatening Judith Wilson, Williams' mother.

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Woman who injured deputy during mental health crisis says arrest saved her life

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A woman who attacked a deputy while suffering through a mental health crisis said the incident saved her life by giving her access to the treatment she needed.

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Dramatic video shows Pueblo officer saving suicidal veteran

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A Pueblo police officer used his crisis intervention training to save an armed man who seemed determined to die in a suicide-by-cop.

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