Office of Suicide Prevention
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Edition 34 | March 2021
This is a monthly newsletter from CDPHE regarding the Office of Suicide Prevention.


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

Aimee Resnick (she/hers) serves as the Colorado Youth Advisory Council (COYAC) Commissioner on the Colorado Suicide Prevention Commission, which is the advisory body for the Office of Suicide Prevention (OSP). Aimee is also the Co-Lead for the Commission’s Youth-Specific Initiatives Workgroup, which meets every other month with partners around the state to talk about how to support youth and young adults in order to prevent suicidal despair, attempts, and deaths.

The OSP is incredibly grateful for Aimee's leadership and passion for supporting upstream youth suicide prevention through an equity lens. Aimee has been instrumental in collaborating with partners to draft suicide prevention recommendations that support disparities impacting Black, Indigenous, and Youth of Color. Aimee's commitment to centering youth voices and voices of lived experience makes the workgroup more inclusive and representative. She is a role model and the ultimate example of a leader. 

Aimee was also featured in Lifelines, a Rocky Mountain PBS documentary, which you can view here.

Thank you, Aimee, for all of your incredible work! We are honored to recognize you as this month's Rockstar Partner!

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

Youth and Young Adult Reports
The OSP released two new reports that examine the data regarding suicidal experiences, including suicidal despair, attempts, and deaths among Colorado youth and young adults. The reports include strategies and recommendations to increase protective factors for youth and young adults. 


RFA - Suicide Prevention for School Districts 
The Office of Suicide Prevention is offering this Request for Applications (RFA) as a competitive funding opportunity to enhance comprehensive suicide prevention and crisis response for public schools and school districts. The purpose is to provide funding for public schools and school districts to implement crisis and suicide prevention strategies, with priority given to public schools or school districts that have not received suicide prevention training previously. Application details can be found here, and the deadline to apply is April 16, 2021. If interested in applying, you may watch the recorded information session, here

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. 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.

Colorado Suicide Prevention Commission
The Colorado Suicide Prevention Commission will have its next quartery meeting on April 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 Commission Coordinator, Veronika Hanna, if you have any questions. 

The Colorado Suicide Prevention Commission is accepting applications for Coloradans to serve as Commissioners. Commissioner responsibilities include attending quarterly meetings, committing to serving a minimum of one, two-year term on the Commission, and expanding partnerships and resources for statewide suicide prevention activities. If you are interested in applying, please apply here


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 

CAMS has also released a fillable PDF version of the Suicide Status Form and CAMS Therapeutic Worksheet. If you are interested in using fillable PDF’s of the forms, an extension of the duplication license with Guilford is available on the CAMS-care website. Sign into your CAMS account and go to the My Courses & Certificates page. The agreement is under the heading Course Material. You will also find resources on our website with best practices for using the CAMS Framework and the Suicide Status Form when using Telehealth. Please contact with any questions.

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. 

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

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. This training will be offered 3 separate times over the next several months. To learn more and apply, please click the application for the corresponding training date, below:

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.


Funding Opportunity

The Comprehensive Human Sexuality Education Program at CDPHE is announcing a 1-year (July 1, 2021 - June 30, 2022) funding opportunity for all Colorado public schools, school districts, board of cooperative services, charter schools, or institute charter schools. Applicants may request up to $25,000. Application deadline: April 2, 2021. To learn more and apply, click here. Please reach out to Danielle Tuft ( with any questions.

RESOURCES - Hot off the Press!


The American Association of Suicidology has announced their application for the inaugural 2021-2022 Black, Indigenous and People of Color Mentor Fellowship Program, where BIPOC experts mentor the next generation of BIPOC suicidologists. Click the above link to learn more and apply. Applications are due Monday April 5, 2021 at 6 pm MT.

Why You Should Stop Saying ‘Committed Suicide’: From Huff Post 

Mistakes We Need to Stop Making in Suicidology: By CAMS with Special Guest Dr. E. David Klonsky (webinar recording)


Behavioral Health Services Grant Recipient Supports Veterans and Prevents Suicide: Grant funding has been awarded to the Healing Warriors Program from the Larimer County Behavioral Health Services Impact fund to improve Larimer County Veterans’ mental health.

The Intersection of Homelessness, Justice Involvement and Suicide Prevention at the VA: Podcast

Lethal Means Safety website featuring: Evidence, Counseling, Recommendations and Resources from Rocky Mountain MIRECC for Veteran Suicide Prevention

Older Adults

National Coalition on Mental Health and Aging Webinar Series: Transforming Mental Health and Addiction Services for the 21st century

Social Isolation and Loneliness Outreach Toolkit for Older Adults

The Colorado Suicide Prevention Commission has established an Older Adults work group. The first meeting will take place on May 7th from 9:00am to 10:30am. You can find the meeting material’s here. If you would like to participate you can contact Veronika Hanna and Dymond Ruybal.

Youth & Young Adults

CAMS on Campus: Free Suicide Prevention Education Material to Reach Undergraduate and Graduate Students Pursuing Healthcare Degrees

March Madness Or Sadness: Dealing With Disappointment Due To Coronavirus Cancellations

When A Friend Dies by Suicide: Tips from the Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide

Cross-Pollinated Resources

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is now accepting applications for both the Community Advisory Board (CAB) and Youth Partnership for Health (YPH) groups. Click the links above to apply or see the CAB flyer here and the YPH flyer here to learn more.

Overdose Response Walkthrough of Resources Webinar 
Throughout the pandemic, people who use drugs and service providers have struggled with conflicting public health guidance: to isolate and keep distance from others and to never use drugs alone in order to prevent fatal overdose. Remote supervision services, like the BeSafe Community app and the Never Use Alone hotline, can provide real-time connection, emergency overdose response, peer connection, and harm reduction support.

Upcoming Events!

Suicide Prevention Research Cyberseminar. Rural Suicide Prevention: Reviewing the Evidence and Gaps Wednesday, April 7, 2021 from 9:00 – 10:00 am MT

Families for Depression Awareness is presenting a free Pandemic Parenting: Supporting Teen Mental Health webinar on Thursday, April 8, 2021 from 5:00 - 6:15 PM MT 

Postvention Training for Schools and Community Behavioral Health Partners. Tuesday, April 20, 2021 from 9:30 -11:00 am MT. 

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

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