Office of Suicide Prevention
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Edition 32 | January 2021
This is a monthly newsletter from CDPHE regarding the Office of Suicide Prevention.


Welcome to the January 2021 Office of Suicide Prevention newsletter!
Rockstar Partner Spotlight!

Cass Walton
Cass Walton took on the role of Executive Director at Pikes Peaks Suicide Prevention in 2019. She jumped right in restructuring the free services and making sure that everyone in the Pikes Peak area is able to access help. When the COVID pandemic hit, Cass did everything in her power to keep some of the groups in person as she understood the important need for connection and how that connection can save lives.  Even though Pikes Peak Suicide Prevention is not a crisis line, Cass and her volunteer staff continue to take all calls with an empathetic and personal approach as they direct people to the help that they need. Cass has also been instrumental in the Colorado National Collaborative efforts in El Paso County.  She co-chairs the Steering Committee and the Postvention Committee as well as sitting on many of the others. She is always cheerful, approachable, and she gets things done! El Paso County is so lucky to have her!

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.

Office of Suicide Prevention Updates

Zero Suicide Colorado Learning Collaborative
Every month we hold an interactive online Learning Collaborative for health system leaders working in suicide prevention. Experts in health care-based suicide prevention, advocates who speak on their lived experience, and a diverse array of other guest speakers join health system leaders from across Colorado in discussing state of the art approaches to improving care and saving lives. The next collaborative will take place on Thursday, February 25, 2021 from 10:00-11:00 a.m. MT. To be contacted for the next collaborative, please email

Order Materials 
To order Man Therapy and other suicide prevention materials, please fill out and send this order form to To order QPR, safeTALK or MHFA materials click the embedded links to be directed to the virtual order form.


Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality (CAMS)
In light of COVID-19, the OSP has moved all CAMS trainings to a virtual platform. If you are a behavioral health provider interested in participating, sign up to receive more information here. To learn more about the training, visit 

LivingWorks Start Training
The OSP is pleased to provide our partners across Colorado FREE access to the LivingWorks Start suicide prevention gatekeeper training. 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, click here.

To access the training, click here and enter access code: OSP Gen. Please note that licenses are available for use 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

Suicide Prevention Training for Domestic Violence Advocates
The OSP is partnering with the Education Development Center (EDC) to provide a suicide prevention training for domestic violence and crime victim advocates in Colorado in 2021. Stay tuned for additional details or if you’re interested in directly receiving more information, please fill out this interest list.

Intentional Peer Support Training
The OSP is partnering with IPS to provide their Core, Advanced, and Train the Trainer trainings to peer support specialists in Colorado in 2021. Stay tuned for additional details or if you’re interested in directly receiving more information, please fill out this interest list.

Alternatives to Suicide Training
The OSP is partnering with Western Mass Recovery Learning Community to provide their Alternatives to Suicide training to peer support specialists in Colorado in 2021. Stay tuned for additional details or if you’re interested in directly receiving more information, please fill out this interest list.

Resources - Hot off the Press!


Inside Out Youth Services and The Place launch a temporary winter drop-in space for youth who are experiencing homelessness. The PLACE’s street outreach team will temporarily move into Inside Out’s physical space on North Wahsatch Avenue in downtown Colorado Springs to operate a temporary Youth Winter Drop-In Space. Hours of operation have launched as 10am to 4pm, Monday through Friday.

Pueblo County’s Suicide Prevention Coalition is in the middle of launching their response team, aiming to get their services more available throughout the community. Read more about their response team here

Integrated Health Home (IHH) in Boulder, CO is a unique partnership between Mental Health Partners, a behavioral health organization; Dental Aid, a nonprofit dental clinic; and the medical team from Clinica Family Health, a Federally Qualified Health Center have worked with CDPHE’s Oral Health Unit on the below videos that highlight patient, provider and organizational leadership experiences, demonstrating the benefits of integrated health services. For more information, click here

The Colorado Health Institute (CHI), in partnership with The Colorado Health Foundation, has launched an update to the Root Causes website that quantifies for the first time the impact that social factors have on mental health in Colorado. The new analysis and interactive website can help policymakers, community organizations, behavioral health experts, and other users determine which issues to target in order to have the biggest impact on mental health outcomes.

Employment Opportunity
Second Wind Fund is currently hiring for a Referral Specialist in the Denver Metro Area! Click here for more info.


Association between Food Insecurity and Suicide Risk
A recent study found an association between participation in the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) and suicide risk. While other studies have found that food insecurity can contribute to mental health issues and suicidal behaviors (thoughts, plans, and attempts) globally, this is the first study to document the association in a nationally representative U.S. sample.

GLSEN State Snapshots
GLSEN Research Institute has released their updated State Snapshots, based on the responses from the most recent National School Climate Survey, which take a deep dive into the school experiences of LGBTQ+ students in 40 U.S. states.

Older Adults

Social Disconnection in Late-Life Suicide - Virtual workshop

Promoting Psychological Health and Suicide Prevention among Older Adults during COVID-19

Cross-Pollinated Resources

Opioids & Overdose
Virtual Narcan Education Training to identify an overdose and administer Narcan when needed, by Mind Springs Health. First Friday of each Month, starting in 2021,  1-2 p.m. MST. Register here.

Eviction Prevention and Housing Retention During and After COVID-19: Webinar Recording

Upcoming Events!

Moral Injury Webinar with Dr. Wyatt Evans: Friday, January 29, 12:00-1:00 pm MST

Suicide Prevention in Healthcare Settings Webinar: Tuesday, February 2, 12:00 -2:00 pm MST

Trauma and Suicidal Self-Directed Violence among Women Veterans Webinar: Wednesday, February 3, 9:00am – 10:00 am MST

Missing Matters: Suicide Loss in our African American and Black Communities: Saturday February 6, 2021 12:00-3:30 pm MST

QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) suicide prevention trainings by Jefferson Center:

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