Katie Tryboski

District Mental Health Counselor, MA, MS, LPCC

CONTACT

ktryboski@ridgway.k12.co.us

970-626-5788

Hello all! Katie Tryboski here! I am a Colorado native, and have loved living and working in different rural areas of the state. I have two Master's degrees, one in Forensic Psychology and one in Mental Health Counseling. I have worked in the mental health field for several years, starting as a volunteer mental health crisis case manager. The majority of my professional experience in this field lies in mental health crisis emergency response work and out patient mental health and substance abuse work. I have really found enjoyment in working with all ages and populations of people! I am very passionate about this field and am re-assured everyday of the importance of mental wellness in myself, my relationships, our students, our staff, and our community.

In my time away from work I find balance and enjoyment spending time with my husband and our two dogs....Great Dane and Weimaraner/German Short Hair!!! I enjoy a variety of different activities, love to read and color, write, and love funny and scary movies. I have a passion for dancing and yoga as well! We love having visits from our family and friends and being able to explore this wonderful area we are blessed to live in! I look forward to working with this community!

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.

Each year, more than 41,000 individuals die 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 (often called “suicide loss survivors”) 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. We use this month to reach out to those affected by suicide, raise awareness and connect individuals with suicidal ideation to treatment services. It is also important to ensure that individuals, friends and families have access to the resources they need to discuss suicide prevention. NAMI is here to help.