Office of Suicide Prevention
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Edition 3 | August 2018
This is a monthly newsletter from CDPHE regarding the Office of Suicide Prevention.

Welcome to the August Office of Suicide Prevention newsletter! As our office continues to grow, we want 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!

YOU at College is an innovative digital tool that serves as a comprehensive resource hub for the student experience - available 24/7 and accessible whenever and wherever they need it. The first tool of its kind on college campuses, YOU fosters self-awareness and individual well-being to connect students to evidence-based/supported information, campus resources, peers and opportunities.

Each student’s experience with YOU is anonymous, personalized and unique. Input from the student’s personal profile and results from quick self-assessments allow YOU to optimize hundreds of resources that match student’s most pressing challenges. YOU adapts alongside students from move-in day through graduation, not only introducing students to the importance of building personal resilience and mental well-being, but equipping them with the tools, information and campus connections needed for a successful college experience as an upstream suicide prevention intervention. Now at 15+ campuses nationwide, YOU at College is helping students architect their ultimate college experience.

Visit or reach out to to learn more.

Office of Suicide Prevention Updates

The OSP is proud to announce that beginning September 30, 2018, Colorado will be one of the funded states receiving a grant for Zero Suicide implementation within key communities and health systems! To learn more about the framework please visit

Grant funding will help to support additional evidence-based clinical trainings, formal Zero Suicide Academies and learning collaboratives, and infrastructure to assist local health systems with implementation needs and electronic health system build outs.

The Colorado Office of Suicide Prevention (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 with any questions.

Suicice Prevention Commission Updates: Check out our July 2018 report here. If you’re interested in joining our statewide work groups focused on Resilience and Community Connectedness, Training and Education, or Youth, please contact

Request Materials!

The OSP has materials for MHFAASISTSafeTALK, 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!

Get Involved in Suicide Prevention Month this September! The Suicide Prevention Resource Center has developed a new resource offering information to help anyone, anywhere get involved in Suicide Prevention Month in September. It includes tips on how to take action to help prevent suicide in your community, such as learning about effective suicide prevention, sharing stories of hope, and empowering everyone to be there for those in distress.

Four ways to build healthy, inclusive places

Inclusive public spaces for all are a central part of healthy, resilient communities. A new framework from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation can help ensure that processes for shaping these spaces lead to design decisions that promote equity.

The Relationship between Suicide and Opioid Abuse- Online presentation from the Injury Control Research Center for Suicide Prevention.


The Zero Suicide webinar titled Substance Use Disorders in the Zero Suicide Framework is now available on the Zero Suicide website via the following link: Zero Suicide Webinars.

The The Distressed Communities Index (DCI) combines seven complementary metrics into a broad-based assessment of community economic well-being in the United States. Relying on Census Bureau data for the years 2011 to 2015, the DCI covers over 26,000 zip codes and 99.9 percent of the U.S. population as well as cities, counties and congressional districts, enabling Americans to understand how their local well-being stacks up at every scale of life. The DCI groups places evenly into five different tiers based on their performance on the index: Prosperous, comfortable, mid-tier, at risk, and distressed.


New Funding Opportunity from Kaiser!

New Available Grant funding Opportunity: General Operating Support
We plan to invest up to $800,000 over 3 years to provide general operating support for up to 10 nonprofit organizations that are using place-based community organizing to mitigate involuntary housing displacement of people of color (including, but not limited to, Asian Americans, African Americans, Latino/as, Native Americans, Pacific Islanders) living in economically vulnerable communities/neighborhoods.


Registration Now Open!  Youth Suicide Prevention & Intervention Symposium September 14, 2018 from 8:00 AM until 3:30PM
Adams 12 Five Star Conference Center

17th Annual Second Wind Walk/Run Saturday September 15, 2018. Join other Coloradans to walk, to run, to heal, to remember, or to celebrate life.

Walk to Fight Suicide with the American Foundation For Suicide Prevention Denver Metro Community Walk Saturday September 22, 2018 at Coors Field Register

Learn more about the Colorado Rockies fireworks game to support suicide prevention Friday September 28, 2018 Tickets

The Suicide Prevention Coalition of Colorado wants to know if you are hosting a suicide prevention awareness event for September. Tell them

Call for proposals for the annual American Association of Suicidology Conference to be held in Denver April 24-27, 2019. Conference Theme: Converging Fields, Expanding Perspectives. Submission deadline October 31

The Office of Behavioral Health, in collaboration with the Colorado State Innovation Model (SIM) and the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Social Work, is hosting the all-day Integrated Behavioral Health (IBH) Best Practices Training Symposium in the University of Denver's Craig Hall on Friday, November 2, 2018.  

Family Friendly Toolkit The Family Friendly Workplace Toolkit provides the most up-to-date information available on family-friendly workplace policies and practices. It is available in print and online and includes examples of employer best practices to support working families.

"Family-friendly policies can take many different forms - they can be specific to an organization, such as paid parental leave, or pieces of legislation that apply to all residents. Prioritizing family-friendly policies and initiatives are important for improving childhood outcomes, decreasing stress among working parents, and enhancing overall well being within communities. This report highlights just a few of the many local-level family-friendly policies and initiatives throughout Colorado. By focusing on a diverse range of projects, spanning from informal community efforts to specific ordinances, this report is meant to serve as a resource for other communities in Colorado trying to prioritize family-friendly efforts."


Local Level Family Friendly Policy Scan Report
This report is a great resource for communities prioritizing family-friendly strategies. When we say family-friendly policies, we are talking about any lever or mechanism for change that promotes safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments for children and families. Local level levers and mechanisms can include initiatives, workplace policies, ordinances, district-wide practices, and more. This policy scan project is rooted from the family friendly strategy within the Colorado Essentials for Childhood project- an upstream, primary prevention child maltreatment prevention project. As many of us in violence and injury prevention work know, Economic Security is a protective factor across many violence and injury issues. Our branch takes a shared risk and protective factors approach across all the violence and injury issues we work on, and has prioritized economic security as a protective factor. We know that policies promoting safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments for children and families support communities and lead to better outcomes.

- Shayna Micucci, Violence Prevention Coordinator- Essentials for Childhood


SURVEY: Communicating with our Community Partners

The Violence and Injury - Mental Health Promotion Branch at Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment facilitates the Violence and Injury Prevention Blog, the Young Drivers Alliance Blog, and the Colorado Child Fatality Prevention System Blog. We’re currently working on making improvements to the sites. We want to hear from you about how we’re doing! In particular, we want to know what forms of communication work best and provide the most useful information for you.

Please answer the questions in our survey with that in mind to help us get a better sense of your communication needs, and how we can improve the way we update you.

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