Mental health used to be a taboo subject. That’s changed, thankfully, but not quickly enough for our nation’s youth. Suicide was the third leading cause of death for people ages 15-24 in 2020, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Rich, poor, urban, rural, in blue states and red — it’s a tragedy affecting people all over the U.S. and at Colorado College. CC students want to know, and rightly so, what college leadership is going to do about it.

Those who shared their thoughts on the subject with the Bulletin say they don’t represent everyone’s voice or experience — just their own. And some were afraid to speak out unless they could do so anonymously, which is against our editorial policy. We’re sorry we couldn’t include them and are deeply grateful for those who shared their stories — and their names.’

Read more about the college’s mental health commitments →

From the editor

Students are at the center of the college’s action plan related to mental health, but their voices are missing from this issue’s narrative on mental health. The Bulletin team has been working to gather a representative group of student voices and we’ll continue the conversation in the Spring 2023 issue.

Colorado College Mental Health Promotion Fund

CC is committed to providing comprehensive care and support to our community. We take a holistic approach to mental health and invite you to partner with us. Gifts to the Mental Health Promotion Fund support mental health promotion and suicide prevention efforts on campus.