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Edition 24 | June 2020
This is a monthly newsletter from CDPHE regarding the Office of Suicide Prevention.
OFFICE OF SUICIDE PREVENTION
Welcome!

Welcome to the June Office of Suicide Prevention newsletter! As our office continues to grow, we wanted to create a better communication channel to highlight new resources, community-level work, funding opportunities, and upcoming events. We hope you will find this a valuable resource to keep you plugged in to Suicide Prevention in Colorado!
Office of Suicide Prevention Updates

Safety Study
Colorado emergency departments have taken new steps to prevent youth suicide. The Safety Study showed that a brief online training for counselors, coupled with free medication and firearm locking devices, helped parents make changes at home to improve safety and save lives. This training can be accessed for free here, by searching for course 1076412: “Lethal Means Counseling: A Role for Colorado Emergency Departments to Reduce Youth Suicide.”

We need your input! The Colorado Suicide Prevention Commission's work group dedicated to investigating the use of forced treatment is asking for your help and input in crafting recommendations to move our state forward.  The current focus areas of the work group are to 1. explore recommendations to expand community-based alternatives to forced treatment and hospitalization and 2. generate recommendations to reduce the harm of hospitalizations.
Provide your input here: https://forms.gle/ywBXyM1rUkJzvgLT7

Youth Suicide Prevention
The OSP has recently created a two-part webinar to support schools and youth-serving organizations with their suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention policies, and includes information from a variety of mental health toolkits.


Training & Materials

The OSP is pleased to announce that we have partnered with LivingWorks, to provide to our partners across Colorado free access to the LivingWorks Start gatekeeper training, to aid in your suicide prevention efforts. LivingWorks Start is a one-hour, online, interactive training program that gives you the skills and knowledge to keep family, friends, co-workers, and others safe from suicide. For more information, please see this information sheet

To access the training, click here and enter access code: OSP Gen. Please note that we have a limited number of licenses available for use available on a first come, first served basis. Please do not share the URL and access code outside of Colorado.

*LivingWorks Start works best with Google Chrome, Firefox, or Microsoft Edge browsers. It is not Internet Explorer compatible. If you have any questions or issues accessing the training, please contact Dymond Ruybal at Dymond.Ruybal@state.co.us.


Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality (CAMS)
In light of COVID-19, the OSP has postponed all in-person CAMS trainings and are exploring options for virtual trainings. If you are interested in participating, please sign up to receive more information here. To learn more about the training, visit the CAMS-Care website.

RESOURCES - Hot off the Press!

Race, Racism, & Mental Health

The COVID-19 pandemic and recent protests against police violence have shown that systemic racism disproportionately affects health outcomes for Black individuals and people of color, and is a public health crisis. It’s important to stand together and support the needs of this community. Listed below are a variety of resources about race, racism and mental health.


COVID-19

The most current COVID-19 news and updates from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) can be found on Colorado’s COVID-19 website


Firearm Safety

 
Reports, Research, & Presentations


Cross-pollinated Resources

  • Delta Dental of Colorado Foundation is prioritizing funding for accessible care and vital services for those disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. See applications page, which will be accepted on a rolling basis through August 2020
  • This webinar provides insights on the longstanding issues surrounding food insecurity in the U.S. and the new challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Rockstar Partner Spotlight

Do you have a Rockstar Partner in your community that you would like to see featured in our next newsletter? Nominate them here by completing our Rockstar Partner Nomination Form.
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