Office of Suicide Prevention
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Edition 33 | February 2021
This is a monthly newsletter from CDPHE regarding the Office of Suicide Prevention.


Welcome to the February 2021 Office of Suicide Prevention newsletter!
Office of Suicide Prevention Updates

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, please join (or watch later) the Information session on March 2nd at Noon.

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 

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.

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.

Alternatives to Suicide Training
The OSP is partnering with Western Mass Recovery Learning Community (now Wildflower Alliance) to provide two Alternatives to Suicide trainings to peer support specialists in Colorado in 2021. 

  1. Alternatives to Suicide Group Facilitator Training (application linked in title)
  • Monday March 1 - Wednesday March 3, 2021.
    *You must be available all day, all 3 days.
  • This is a 3-day training, primarily intended for people who have some basic facilitation skills and/or training, though not absolutely required so long as it is understood that the training is not designed to provide these basic skills.

  • You should be already facilitating or have an active interest in starting an Alternatives to Suicide group or supporting an existing one. This training is open to people who have struggled with suicidal thoughts or attempts themselves. Others who are interested in the Alternatives to Suicide approach, but who do not have personal experience should apply for the When Conversations Turn to Suicide training instead. 

  1. When Conversations Turn to Suicide Training (application linked in title)

  • Thursday March 18 & Friday March 19, 2021.
    *You must be available all day, both days.

  • This is a 2-day, intro training in the Alternatives to Suicide approach. This approach is one of the only peer-to-peer groups that truly focuses on the topic of suicide. Rather than assessment and risk, these groups are based on creating a non-judgmental space in which to discuss suicide and other taboo topics.

  • This training is for those who are interested in the Alternatives to Suicide approach, but who do not necessarily have personal/lived experience or facilitation experience.

Resources - Hot off the Press!


Postvention Support Packet for community helpers from the Suicide Prevention Coalition of Jefferson, Clear Creek and Gilpin Counties. 

  • What is this packet?

    • This packet contains support, resources and information specifically compiled for our community helpers who have experienced a suicide loss of a client, constituent, patron, colleague, student or other community member.

  • Who is a community helper?

    • For this purpose, a community helper is described as a therapist, doctor, police officer, first responder, coroner, or other professional in a supportive, helping role.

  • When should this resource be provided?

    • This packet can be provided anytime! It can be shared now so helpers know what resources are available if they ever need them; and/or it could be shared after the helper experiences a suicide loss when they may need resources most.

  • Where can I find this packet?

    • Updated versions of this packet can be found on the Suicide Prevention Coalition’s website along with previously complied packets for other suicide loss survivors, attempt survivors, and family or friends or attempt survivors.


Colorado Crisis Services Sandwich Board Request: The Colorado Department of Human Services, Office of Behavioral Health is distributing free sandwich board signs with contact information for Colorado Crisis Services for placement at COVID-19 testing sites.

Energize Colorado: A nonprofit dedicated to helping Coloradans recover and rise from the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID Guidance: Screening for Suicide Risk at Telehealth Visits.


Adverse Childhood Experiences, Overdose, and Suicide: A new website from the CDC.

ACEs, Overdose and Suicide: A website with communications products from APHA.

How To Help A Suicidal Teen Or Child: NPR podcast.

Opening Up About Suicide: Jewish groups start addressing mental wellness—for those who are suffering, and the people who love them. 

Firearm Safety & Veterans

Walk the Talk America: Bridging the gap between mental health and safe firearm ownership.

Department of Veterans Affairs Suicide Prevention is Everyone’s Business: A Toolkit for Safe Firearm Storage in Your Community.

Trauma and Suicidal Self-Directed Violence among Women Veterans: Webinar with slides.

Cross-Pollinated Resources

SRPF Virtual Conference: The 2021 SRPF Virtual Conference registration opens March 15th, 2021. Registration is $85 for adults (25 years old and older), and free for young people under 25 years old.

Video Series Addressing Substance Use Stigma: A collaborative group of health and public safety professionals developed a 2-part series of videos for first responders to utilize as they seek to address the misuse and stigma associated with substance use disorders in their communities. The goal is to enhance pre-hospital interactions between first responders and people experiencing behavioral health challenges. 

Upcoming Events!

2021 Colorado Suicide Prevention Advocacy Day: Wednesday, March 3,2021. 6:30 - 8:00 pm MT.

Helping Teens Thrive...Together is a new virtual event for teens and their trusted adult(s) to connect and learn together! Saturday, March 6, 2021 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m MT.

QPR Training: by Jefferson Center. Wednesday, March 24, 2021 from 9:00a.m. – 10:30a.m. 

QPR Train-the-Trainer: From Alliance for Suicide Prevention of Larimer County. Dates vary.

Rockstar Partner Spotlight!

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.

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