Office of Suicide Prevention
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Edition 23 | April 2020
This is a monthly newsletter from CDPHE regarding the Office of Suicide Prevention.
Rockstar Partner Spotlight

“Every Oredigger cares. Every Oredigger thrives. Every Oredigger succeeds. At Mines, we climb together.”

That’s the slogan of Every Oredigger, the comprehensive, campus-wide initiative to prevent suicide, champion resilience, and promote mental health at Colorado School of Mines inspired by the annual hike up Mount Zion by the entire incoming class.

Every Oredigger officially launched in August 2019 following a nearly year-long campus-wide assessment to better understand Mines’ needs and strengths related to suicide, mental health and resilience. The results fell into six buckets: culture change, direct services, campus support and training, policy and procedure, communications, and program evaluation.

Among their accomplishments so far:

  • Provided suicide prevention trainings to 455 Mines faculty, staff, students and community members since Spring 2019. In a recent campus survey, 40 percent of respondents who participated in a training reported having reached out to someone they worried might be suicidal within the last year, compared to just 22 percent of those who did not receive training.
  • Started the Mines Peer Education Program, a group of certified student educators who are working to create an inclusive support system on campus for all students promoting safe, healthy behaviors and relationships.
  • Launched YOU@Mines, a comprehensive web portal that includes a plethora of campus and non-campus resources. More than 1,000 Mines students, faculty and staff have registered.

Colorado School of Mines - You Rock! 

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News and Updates
The most current COVID-19 news and updates from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) can be found on Colorado’s COVID-19 website.

For Everyone

For College Students

  • Nod: Hopelab and Grit Digital Health released  a free app called Nod. Nod was designed to combat loneliness, anxiety and depression among college students.  The app is available for free in the Apple App, Google Play stores OR visit

For Providers

For Younger Children

Older Adult Resources

COVID-19 has disproportionate effects on older adults, who face several unique challenges. Listed below are several resources to support older adults during the pandemic. 

Firearm Safety

Given that firearm sales have increased during the pandemic, practicing safe storage for lethal means, including firearms, is more important now than ever. This is an opportunity to remind ourselves about the value of firearm safety, and provide resources to support individuals and families with safe storage options. 

Office of Suicide Prevention Updates

Supporting our First Responders: The State of Colorado is pleased to announce that the statewide Peer Assistance Program has been established, giving any currently certified Colorado EMS provider a new avenue of access and support for issues related to stress management, mental health and wellness. These services are confidential, free of charge and available statewide. Contact at: 1-800-873-7138.

LGBTQ Youth & Suicide: Common Crisis Issues & Best Practices for Youth-Serving Adults. This webinar series from The Trevor Project is intended for Colorado adults who work with youth and young adults. 

  • Trevor Project Webinar Part 1 introduces adults to LGBTQ+ terminologies, to understanding the increased risk of suicide among LGBTQ+ identifying youth, and to learning best practices on supporting LGBTQ+ youth.

Trevor Project Webinar Part 2 was a live, recorded event for Colorado adults to ask questions based on the first webinar.

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CAMS and Telehealth
CAMS Care LLC developed this resource for clinicians who have questions about using telehealth services to implement the Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality (CAMS) framework. The resource includes a video and written protocols for providers working with people remotely, including instructions for collaborative safety planning using mobile technology. 

The Office of Suicide Prevention hopes to sponsor four free Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality (CAMS) trainings this summer. For more information, sign up here.

Funding Opportunities

Colorado COVID Relief Fund: COVID-19 has created far-reaching economic and social impacts across Colorado and access to critical services and opportunities due to race and socioeconomic status are being especially hit hard and disproportionately affected. The application deadlines are: May 2, 7:00pm MT, May 16, 7:00pm MT, May 30, 7:00pm MT.

Zero Suicide

Thank You, Zero Suicide Colorado Partners
Over the last two months, as Coloradans have struggled to cope with a dramatically different reality due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Colorado health systems, like those implementing the Zero Suicide framework, have stepped up to serve the changing needs of our communities. We want to recognize these ongoing efforts and amplify the lessons we are learning along the way to help save and improve lives across Colorado. Already, we have seen Rocky Mountain Crisis Partners, Colorado’s statewide crisis hotline, expand its caring, follow-up contacts to people affected by COVID-19. 

We cannot thank our health care providers enough during this historic crisis. We hope all our partners will join us in expressing gratitude for the amazing work these people do every day to protect public health and help Coloradans in need. 

Zero Suicide Colorado Learning Collaborative

Every month we hold an interactive online Learning Collaborative for health system leaders working in suicide prevention to discuss state of the art approaches to improving care and saving lives. The next Learning Collaboratives will take place on Thursday, May 28, 2020 at 10 am via Zoom. To be added to the invite list please email

Stories of Resilience

Music Minds Matters, an organization which created a safe space for Colorado musicians to talk about mental health, launches virtual meetings to provide this space during these unprecedented times caused by COVID19. Find the Colorado Public Radio (CPR) article here.

This OutThere Colorado article featured the Boulder-based Climbing Grief Fund aims to connect mountaineers dealing with grief and break a stigma within climbing circles, spreading mental health awareness. 

Upcoming Events!

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) - Douglas County
May 28-29, September 10-11, October 8-9.
Where: Douglas County Sheriff’s Office — Highlands Ranch Substation, 9250 Zotos Drive, Highlands Ranch, CO 80129 
What: Two-day workshop in suicide intervention skills. Learn and practice this life-saving intervention model that is widely used by professionals and the general public. 
View the flyer
here. Register by emailing Phyllis Harvey 

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