GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KREX) — Students in the state of Colorado are often told that if they or someone they know is having thoughts of suicide it should be reported through Safe2Tell, Colorado’s anonymous reporting system. But the state-funded program is much more than a suicide prevention hotline. It is a safe place to tell authorities of any concerning behavior you witness at school or at home.
Safe2Tell has been a part of Colorado since 2004. It was created when the Columbine shooting of 1999 led state leaders to search for answers on how they could stop another tragedy from happening. Former Attorney General Ken Salazar and former Governor Bill Owens convened a state-wide study that led to the implementation of the Safe2Tell Initiative “to provide an anonymous venue for parents, students, teachers, school administrators, and law enforcement to share information.”
The official website reads, “Safe2Tell wants every student to know – telling isn’t ‘snitching.’ Telling is when you need to keep yourself or someone you know safe from threats, harmful behaviors, or dangerous situations.”
These dangerous situations vary from self-harm to substance abuse issues to threats of violence. Reporting these issues can be the difference between a life-changing incident and a life-changing discussion. According to a United States Secret Service and Department of Education report, “most attackers engaged in some behavior, prior to the incident, that caused others concern or indicated a need for help.”
When submitting a tip, the reporting party is asked to choose from a list of event types, including bullying, drugs, domestic violence, child abuse, weapons, suicide threats, and unsafe driving.
To make a report, you can call 1-877-542-7233 from anywhere, 24-hours a day, seven days a week. You can also download the Safe2Tell Colorado mobile app from the Apple Store or Google Play.
When making a report, your identity is safe. No one will ask for your name or phone number. There is no caller ID, no call tracing, no call recording, and no call forwarding. The anonymity of all Safe2Tell Colorado reports is protected by C.R.S. 07-197, meaning that the reporting party remains “unknown” by Colorado State Law.