PSST! Your Data is Showing. Have you explored the Office of Suicide Prevention’s Interactive Data Dashboard? Planned improvements to the dashboard include updating with emergency department discharge and hospitalization data, as well as some information based on Medicaid status. The Office relies on data while crafting priorities, funding, and future efforts. The data you and other partners provide directly informs opportunities for prevention, intervention, as well as identifies gaps in programming.
New Colorado Report Released on Excessive Alcohol Use and Suicide in Colorado
Excessive alcohol use is a risk factor for many harmful health conditions in our communities, such as injuries, violence, including suicide, and mental health problems, such as depression or anxiety. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) released a new data report detailing how excessive alcohol use connects with suicide in Colorado. It is important to note that many factors contribute to suicide, such as substance use, depression, and intimate partner problems. Suicide prevention requires a comprehensive approach to adequately address multiple risk factors. However, it is clear that reducing excessive drinking could also reduce suicide deaths in Colorado.
To view the report, please visit this link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1W9wW49RJ84trGacpGq3Cz2ovLzyoumR-/view.
For more information on how to prevent excessive alcohol use, please visit: https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/alcohol.
The OSP will present opportunities to cover costs for CAMS (Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality) training for select mental health and behavioral health providers in 2019. If you are interested in being notified of CAMS trainings sponsored by the Office of Suicide Prevention in 2019, please sign up here. Please email Lena.Heilmann@state.co.us with any questions.
Save the Dates for Zero Suicide
Zero Suicide is a commitment to suicide prevention in health and behavioral health care systems and is also a specific set of strategies and tools. Most community mental health centers, some hospitals, and other healthcare systems are currently implementing Zero Suicide. Join the movement to zero in Colorado!
Interested in learning more? Attend a “Zero Suicide 101” Webinar on December 6, 2018 from 1pm - 3pm. Contact email@example.com for details.
The OSP is pleased to offer our next Zero Suicide Academy for healthcare organizations on April 3-4, 2019. The application page is expected soon, so stay tuned for the opportunity to send a team of 4 from your organization to the Academy to learn the ins and outs of implementation of this critical initiative.
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!