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Good morning, Colorado!
I’m heading to Grand Junction on Tuesday for the last of our community conversations on youth suicide in Colorado. The off-record-conversations have given us an opportunity to meet with communities around the state and hear how we can improve our coverage of teen mental health and suicide.
While we are nearing the end of this part of the project, we still want to hear from Coloradans. If you are interested in us hosting another community conversation or in having us come to you, let us know. You can also weigh in with story ideas and feedback through our callout form or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Don’t forget: The Nov. 30 deadline for our teen essay contest is approaching.
If you or someone you know are having thoughts of suicide, call the Colorado Crisis Line at 1-844-493-8255.
Safe2Tell, the anonymous hotline for students to report potential school threats or violence, continues to see a record number of tips.
During the 2018-19 school year, Safe2Tell received more than 22,330 tips, and of those, 19,861 were actionable, meaning they weren’t duplicates, pranks or hang-ups, according to an annual report released by the Colorado Attorney General’s Office.
Safe2Tell has seen the number of suicide-related tips increase in recent years, with the hotline receiving about 3,660 of those reports last school year. Drugs and bullying were also top reasons for why students or others made reports with the program, according to the report.
Read more here.
A Colorado teenager has filed a lawsuit against Juul, the e-cigarette maker, alleging that the company “intentionally targeted adolescents” in marketing campaigns while not warning the public “of the dangers of Juul.”
Mohammed Aldawoodi, 19, began using Juul products in 2016, and as a result, suffers from nicotine addiction and has permanent injuries that will require lifeline medical treatment, he claims in his lawsuit.
The lawsuit does not allege that Aldawoodi suffers from the severe vaping-related illness that has sickened more than 2,000 nationwide and led to the death of almost 40 individuals.
Read more here.
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See you in two weeks!