Jessica Seaman is the K-12 education reporter for The Denver Post. She previously covered health, including the coronavirus pandemic. Her story about a Colorado teen with long COVID was named a Livingston Awards Finalist in 2022. Seaman led the Post’s Crisis Point project, which examined teen suicide in Colorado and published in 2020. She covered teen suicide in 2019 as a National Fellow for the Center for Health Journalism at USC Annenberg. She joined The Post after reporting stints in North Carolina and Arkansas. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 


A group of Denver Post journalists led by health reporter Jessica Seaman spent much of the last year immersed in the subject of teen mental health and suicide, and today the paper is publishing the results of that project.

“One of the real advantages that we think that we provide is the reduction of law enforcement response,” said Diana Schmidt, manager of Safe2Help Nebraska. “It’s like a whole safety net as opposed to sending law enforcement, (which) is always a last resort for us.”

The number of suicides among young Coloradans remains unchanged during the coronavirus pandemic compared to previous years, but school and health officials expect to soon see a “tsunami of need” for mental health care.