Second Wind Fund (SWF) provides therapy for children and teens at risk for suicide who are unable to receive therapy without our help. Referrals for SWF funded therapy must come from a school mental health staff or another qualified referral source (QRS) who is a mental health professional. If you are a parent/guardian and are concerned about suicide risk, you will need your child or youth to be assessed first by a mental health professional, usually school counselors, social workers, or psychologists. More details are listed under Eligibility Requirements.
If you would like to contact SWF to make a referral for a child or youth in your community, below is a list of the areas covered by the program and the referral line for the appropriate counties.
Most of Colorado, including the Metro Denver area - 303.988.2645
Adams, Arapahoe, City & County of Broomfield, Chaffee, Clear Creek, City & County of Denver, Douglas, Eagle, El Paso, Elbert, Grand, Gunnison, Jefferson, La Plata, Logan, Mesa, Morgan, Park, Pueblo, Routt, Saguache, and Teller counties
Boulder County www.SWFBC.org - 720.212.7527
City and County of Boulder
Other Colorado locations - 303.988.2645
For information on bringing SWF funded therapy to your county, please contact Nancy Morgan, Program Director, at email@example.com or 720.962.0706 ext. 14.
Program Eligibility Requirements
In order to be considered for a referral by Second Wind Fund, the child or youth must be:
- 19-years-old or younger
- At risk for suicide
- Without insurance or Medicaid, or be under-insured and not have financial resources to pay for therapy
Qualified Referral Sources (QRS) are mental health professionals, most often from the school mental health staff (school counselors, social workers or school psychologists). The QRS must have met with the youth to determine suicide risk.
- The QRS assesses that the student is “at risk” for suicide, notifies the parent/guardian of the suicide risk and finds out that the student’s family does not have financial means (including adequate insurance or Medicaid) to pay for professional therapy. The QRS then contacts Second Wind Fund.
- After learning that the youth is a suicide risk, lacks financial means to pay for therapy, and is not on Medicaid, SWF authorizes therapy services and gives the QRS a referral number for the student. If the student is on Medicaid, he or she is first referred to the county mental health association.
- After receiving a SWF referral number, the QRS writes the referral number on the SWF Referral Form [download English] [download Spanish], signs the form, and gives two copies to the student and/or parents. The QRS must obtain signatures from the parent and student on the SWF Release of Information/Liability Waiver Form [download English] [download Spanish]. The QRS keeps one copy of each completed SWF form.
- The referred youth is given two copies of the SWF Referral Form and two of the signed SWF Release/Waiver Form. After both SWF forms are completed and signed, the QRS will give the family a current list of SWF authorized therapists. The family will contact the SWF therapists directly to schedule an appointment within one week. The family must give one copy of each SWF form to the SWF therapist they select.
- All therapists in the SWF program are licensed, maintain liability insurance, have experience with children and youth at risk for suicide, and have agreed to see SWF clients at a drastically reduced hourly rate.
- Once the referral is authorized, SWF will pay for up to 12 sessions of therapy with a therapist in the SWF network.
The SWF Youth Suicide Prevention Brochure in English is available by clicking here.
The SWF Youth Suicide Prevention Brochure in Spanish is available by clicking here.
Learn how you can safe-guard your home to protect a child or teen who may be at risk of suicide (English Version) by clicking here.
Learn how you can safe-guard your home to protect a child or teen who may be at risk of suicide (Spanish Version) by clicking here.
13 Reasons Why Guidance & Talking Points
There is a new series on Netflix called 13 Reasons Why that concerns many of us who are passionate about saving lives of kids at risk for suicide. Briefly, it is based on a novel of the same name about a high school student who dies by suicide and leaves 13 tapes on why she died. Because of the serious concerns about the possibility of increased suicide risk in teens, The National Association of School Psychologists, as well as The Jed Foundation and SAVE.org have prepared Talking Points for 13 Reasons Why that may be helpful to you.
Click here for guidance from The National Association of School Psychologists
Click here for talking points from The Jed Foundation and SAVE.org