September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month
Suicidal thoughts, much like mental health conditions, can affect anyone regardless of age, gender or background. In fact, suicide is often the result of an untreated mental health condition. Suicidal thoughts, although common, should not be considered normal and often indicate more serious issues.
In 2016 alone, nearly 45,000 individuals died by suicide, leaving behind their friends and family members to navigate the tragedy of loss. In many cases, friends and families affected by a suicide loss are left in the dark. Too often the feelings of shame and stigma prevent them from talking openly.
September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month—a time to share resources and stories in an effort to shed light on this highly taboo and stigmatized topic.
If you or someone you know is in an emergency, call 911 immediately.
If you are in crisis or are experiencing difficult or suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Hotline at 1-800-273 TALK (8255)
If you’re uncomfortable talking on the phone, you can also text NAMI to 741-741 to be connected to a free, trained crisis counselor on the Crisis Text Line.
Denver releases annual financial reports
The Denver Department of Finance released the 2018 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) and its companion 2018 Community Report (also referred to as the Popular Annual Financial Report or PAFR). The two reports provide information on Denver’s finances at the close of 2018, giving residents a complete view of how the city expended taxpayer funds and invested in Denver’s future.
“The annual financial reports are a way we stay accountable and transparent to our residents about how we invested city dollars,” said Denver’s Chief Financial Officer Brendan Hanlon. “Denver residents have entrusted us to invest taxpayer dollars into the efficient delivery of critical city services using sound financial management practices. I hope each resident uses the reports to learn more about how the city’s financial management helps shape our community.”
The CAFR provides in-depth information about the operations and financial position of the city. The report allows residents to see all aspects of the city’s financial standing: from the budget to revenue, from expenditures to employee pension funds, from investments to debt portfolios, and more. It is prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the U.S. and is audited by a firm of licensed certified public accountants. The companion Community Report, or PAFR, simplifies the information contained in the CAFR to provide a more concise picture of the city’s key financials and is unaudited.
September 2nd, President Donald J. Trump declared that an emergency exists in the State of Georgia and ordered Federal assistance to supplement State, tribal, and local response efforts due to the emergency conditions resulting from Hurricane Dorian.
Governor Jared Polis signed an executive order that will help improve Colorado’s air quality, protect public health, reduce ozone pollution and address climate change.
“This executive order highlights ozone pollution as the most pressing and immediate air quality issue we face - and directs the RAQC to come into compliance with health-based standards as soon as possible,” said Gov. Jared Polis.
The Road to Reading initiative, a citywide partnership between the Office of Children’s Affairs, Denver Public Schools, Mile High United Way, Children’s Museum of Denver, Denver Public Library, and Denver Human Services awarded $5,000 grants to five local organizations to increase access to high-quality, early learning opportunities for children from birth to age three.
“Learning and literacy count from day one, and lay the foundation for a child’s success in school and in life,” Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock said.