Office of Suicide Prevention
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Edition 1 | July 2018
This is a monthly newsletter from CDPHE regarding the Office of Suicide Prevention.

Welcome to the July 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!

Rockstar Partner Spotlight!

Mesa County Public Health Department hosted a community meeting in June to discuss alignment and partnership opportunities with the Colorado-National Collaborate, a new Colorado initiative to be used as a national model for creating comprehensive community-based prevention. Mesa County has coalesced as a community behind the issue of suicide prevention, creating multi-sector buy-in and investment.  Check out more of their data-driven work here!

Office of Suicide Prevention Updates

New Funding Stream to Support Schools, SB 18-272

This past legislative term, the General Assembly created a new grant program for public  schools and school districts to help support suicide prevention and crisis response. The application is expected to be released this fall, so stay tuned!  

Empowering the Behavioral Health Provider Community

During the months of June and July, the Office of Suicide Prevention trained approximately 250 Colorado behavioral health providers in providing evidence-based assessment, intervention and treatment that directly targets suicide risk. Through federal funding received to support youth suicide prevention (SAMHSA Garrett Lee Smith funds), the OSP will be rolling out additional Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality (CAMS) trainings for Colorado providers. If you are interested in getting these upcoming opportunities please contact

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Request Materials!

The OSP has materials for MHFA, ASIST, SafeTALK, and QPR available for organizations needing financial assistance to provide community trainings. Click the links to request material assistance while supplies last!

RESOURCES - Hot off the Press!

Firearm Safety Kits that include a gun lock and safety brochure are available at law enforcement agencies around the country. If you are interested in partnering with your local law enforcement to distribute free firearm safety kits in your community, please visit our Safety Kit page to find out if your police or sheriff's department is already signed up with Project ChildSafe. If you don't see your local law enforcement agency listed, reach out to them today and encourage them to partner with Project ChildSafe.


Rocky Mountain Short Takes on Suicide Prevention

Check out the latest podcasts on suicide prevention brought to you by the Rocky Mountain MIRECC.

myStrength Expands Evidence-Based Behavioral Health Resources for LGBTQ+ Communities.  

myStrength provides evidence-based, online tools and mobile apps that serve as treatment extenders- extending the reach and effectiveness of healthcare providers. The resources have been updated to better serve the LGBTQ+ community with the following:

  • Proactive wellness

  • Dealing with minority stress

  • Building a support system

  • Finding equitable care

  • Suicide/self-harm prevention

  • Addressing problematic substance use


The C-SSRS For Everyone As a family member, friend, neighbor, or colleague, you can make a difference by using the Columbia-Suicide Severity Rating Scale (C-SSRS) to help determine when someone is at risk for suicide and how to help.

The Community Card version of the C-SSRS is the one best suited for use by family members, friends, and others who have a relationship with a person who may be at risk. It involves asking just three to six questions, but the answers provide enough information to determine whether someone needs help and if immediate action is needed. The questions’ plain language also may make it easier for you to talk to someone who may be suicidal. Start the conversation now.

Framing Fundamentals for Multigenerational Approaches to Mental Health
A FrameWorks Communications Toolkit

This toolkit, generously funded by the Ford Foundation, supports an effort to reframe and change the conversation about mental health and its overall connection with wellbeing. By helping advocates work together to frame mental health at all stages of the life course, the recommendations in this resource can encourage civic engagement with mental health issues and increase support for effective policies and programs. It can also help breakdown silos between child- and adult-facing mental health advocates by advancing a shared story about multigenerational approaches to mental health supports.


Call for workshop presenters!

Youth Suicide Prevention & Intervention - Friday September 14th  at the Adams 12 Five Star Conference Center

The flyer is here! Applications for workshop presenters are due to Colorado School Safety Resource Center by Friday, August 3rd.

Colorado Suicide Prevention Commission Quarterly Meeting

July 20, 2018 9:00am-12:30pm at the Lilly Marks Boardroom of the Anschutz Medical Campus

For more information about Commission meetings, please contact

Faith.Hope.Life – Celebrating Reasons to Live - National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention

Please consider making plans in your faith community to participate in this year’s National Weekend of Prayer for Faith, Hope, Life September 7-9, 2018, to pray for those whose lives have been touched by suicide. This is an opportunity to care for those in your community touched by suicide, and to educate and inform about suicide prevention resources. Access a wide range of resources to assist your community of faith in participating in either the National Weekend of Prayer, or utilizing the Faith.Hope.Life – Celebrating Reasons to Live materials!

Save the Date!

Suicidology comes to Denver April 24th-27th, 2019

Read more about the 52nd Annual American Association of Suicidology upcoming conference here


Colorado's Child Fatality Prevention System, including local child fatality prevention review teams representing all 64 counties in Colorado and the State Review Team, recently submitted the 2018 Annual Legislative Report to the Colorado General Assembly. The report includes an overview of the system, data on violence and injury-related deaths among youth ages 0-17 in Colorado, and seven prioritized child fatality prevention recommendations (see below) as well as updates on past system prevention recommendations.

For more information and to view past legislative reports and data reports, visit the Child Fatality Prevention System Blogsite:

If you have questions, please contact Kate Jankovsky, Child Fatality Prevention System Manager, at or 303.692.2947.

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