Office of Suicide Prevention
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Edition 38 | July 2021
This is a monthly newsletter from CDPHE regarding the Office of Suicide Prevention.

Welcome to the July 2021 Office of Suicide Prevention newsletter!

Rockstar Partner Spotlight!

Jefferson County Communities That Care (Jeffco CTC) is an active coalition, comprised of more than 100 stakeholders, community members, key leaders and youth. The Coalition uses an evidence-based community change process focused on preventing substance misuse, sexual/relationship violence and hopelessness/anxiety among youth by reducing risk factors and improving protective factors.

Jeffco CTC has been featured nationally through Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Drug-Free Communities for the exemplary work engaging and supporting youth to elevate their voices through numerous projects related to education, connection and other protective factors. Jeffco CTC deploys efforts to join community partners under a common vision, educate and prepare trusted adults to communicate about important topics, change community norms through policy and campaigns, connect youth with meaningful opportunities, and so much more.

Connectedness is such an effective protective factor in preventing suicide, and Jeffco CTC cultivates this connection in the community.

 Connect with Jeffco CTC here:,,or Instagram: @jeffco_ctc AND @twelve_talks

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

Welcoming our new Zero Suicide Coordinator, Conlin Bass!

Conlin is originally from Madison, Wisconsin, and even though he is missing the availability of cheese curds there, he has really enjoyed getting to explore all Denver has to offer. Conlin loves to hike, travel, cook, and read (Just finished "Devil in the White City" by Erik Larson and thinks it's his new favorite book). Conlin also just graduated with his masters in public health, and is really passionate about mental health and wellness. Conlin is very excited to join the Office of Suicide Prevention, meet our partners, and learn more about the work we do!


Colorado Suicide Prevention Commission

The Colorado Suicide Prevention Commission will have its next quarterly meeting on Friday July 30th from 9:00am to 11:30am. Commission meetings are free and open to the public. If you are interested in attending, please visit the Suicide Prevention Commission website for more information. Please contact the Public Co-Chair of the Commission, Lena Heilmann, if you have any questions. 

Building a New Model for Suicide Prevention

Please see this article on EDC’s website on comprehensive suicide prevention and our work with the Colorado National Collaborative!

Man Therapy and the Healthy Men Michigan Study

This article from Business Insider, Angry men may actually have undiagnosed depression, CDC-funded study found, highlights Man Therapy and the research study offering the tool as a way to combat depression and thoughts of suicide. 

Older Adults Workgroup

The Office of Suicide Prevention has recently created an older adults workgroup, focusing on suicide prevention for adults, ages 65+. Our next meeting will take place on Friday, August 27th, 9:00-10:30 am. For more information, please reach out to

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 virtually on Thursday August 26 from 10-11am. To be contacted for the next collaborative, please email 

Sources of Strength Booster T4T

The Office of Suicide Prevention and Sources of Strength are excited to present a Booster Train-the-Trainer (BT4T) to support trainers, districts, and schools implementing Sources of Strength at the local level. The  BT4T will be held August 23 -  August 24, 2021, in Littleton, Colorado.

The BT4T is only for participants who have previously attended a Sources of Strength Train-the-Trainer Skills Session (T4T) (in person or virtual).  The BT4T is designed to be a hands-on, engaging, and fun transition out of virtual delivery of Sources of Strength and back to in-person training in this new reality. Throughout the training participants will receive information on organizational updates, an interactive introduction to the new trainer manual and physically distance games through role-plays and discussion, and updates on new Sources of Strength training elements including grounding and breathing exercises and practices focused on increased equity, inclusion, and belonging within the training and program. 

To apply for the Booster T4T please 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.

We still have PLENTY of licenses available. 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


Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality (CAMS)

We will be scheduling additional CAMS trainings in later 2021. If you are a behavioral health provider interested in participating, sign up to receive more information here

CAMS trained providers now have the option of registering on the CAMS Clinician Locator, which will route new clients to your practice, particularly those looking for competent clinicians, trained in evidence-based suicide-specific treatments. 

RESOURCES - Hot off the Press!


The Mountain Plains Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (MHTTC), funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), is asking for less than ten minutes of your time to complete a short, anonymous, needs assessment. This survey is intended to identify mental health training and technical assistance needs among individuals in CO, MT, ND, SD, UT, and WY (Region 8). Take the survey now by clicking HERE!

Please also consider sharing the survey with colleagues, friends, or family in Region 8 who may benefit from our free training and technical assistance. If you have questions about the survey, how the data will be used, or the purpose of this study, please contact Shawnda Schroeder at

Firearm Safety

Colorado-National Collaborative (CNC) & Lethal Means Safety

The Larimer County Juvenile Gun Safety Coalition has joined with many organizations, including CNC partner Alliance for Suicide Prevention of Larimer County, to foster awareness of gun safety and teens struggling with mental health issues with the “It Only Takes a Moment” campaign covering gun safety tips and teen mental health awareness. Check out this powerful PSA video featuring Larimer youth!

The Suicide Prevention Collaborative of El Paso County’s Firearm Safety Workgroup created this Firearm Safety and Suicide Prevention video, featuring local members of the police and fire departments, and active duty and veteran community

Older Adults

The VA has created a publication called Collaborative Safety Planning for Older Adults Guide ( which addresses lethal means, coping, etc. among older adults.

The Program to Encourage Active, Rewarding Lives (PEARLS) from University of Washington educates older adults about what depression is (and is not) and helps them develop the skills they need for self-sufficiency and more active lives.

Youth & Young Adults

The Youth-Specific Initiatives Workgroup of the Suicide Prevention Commission is continuing to look at risk and protective factors impacting Colorado young adults ages 18-24. To learn more about how to be involved with this work, please email Lena Heilmann, OSP Strategies Manager, at

As a reminder, the Youth-Specific Initiatives Workgroup has created two sets of robust recommendations that address disparities impacting Colorado youth and young adults. We hope you will continue to share the recommendation to create supportive, inclusive and safe communities, especially for LGBTQ+ youth and especially for Black, Indigenous, and Youth of Color.

Overdose Prevention

Safe Opioid Prescribing for Dentists--an Often-Overlooked Workforce in Substance Use Disorder Prevention and Pain Management Strategies. Research indicates that opioid prescriptions for dental procedures can contribute significantly to substance use disorders.


A digital storytelling project for people who have attempted to reverse an opioid overdose or used naloxone to reverse an opioid overdose.

 Project Information

  • Complete the registration form

  • Visit the Project Page for more information.

  • Four in-person workshop options (Denver, Pueblo, Grand Junction and Carbondale)

  • Participants are required to attend all sessions for any specific location; meals provided.

  • Location details for in-person workshops will be shared after we confirm spaces.


Partners for Children’s Mental Health (PCMH) is hosting free Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) trainings in August for anyone 18+ interested in learning about suicide warning signs, prevention strategies, and how to support youth having thoughts of suicide. Training dates/times (MT):

  • School administrators and mental health staff: Registration is now open for PCMH’s school workshops this fall.  The workshops help school staff develop policies and procedures to intervene with students experiencing thoughts of suicide and respond after a suicide loss. Spots are limited, so register today.

Suicide Prevention Coalition of Colorado: Virtual Bridging The Divide Summit. 08/11/2021. 9:00 am - 12:00 pm. $30 SPCC Member, $40 SPCC non-member. CEUs offered.

Resilience in Prevention: Opportunities to Adapt and Build for a Stronger Tomorrow. Virtually Scheduled for August 24 - 26, 2021


Suicide Prevention Summit 2021 will take place on October 28th from: 9:00 am to 3:30 pm in Lakewood, CO. SAVE THE DATE now and CLICK HERE to sign up to be the first to know when registration and details are available in early September.


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