Office of Suicide Prevention
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Edition 35 | April 2021
This is a monthly newsletter from CDPHE regarding the Office of Suicide Prevention.


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

Youth and Young Adult Reports
The OSP recently 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. 


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 May 27, 2021 from 10:00-11:00 am. 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 or MHFA materials click the embedded links to be directed to the virtual order form.



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.


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)
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

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 SPCC has iCare Packages for Coloradans who have recently experienced a loss by suicide. Anyone can request a package to be sent within Colorado. You can find their upcoming events and support group schedules here or subscribe to their newsletter here

Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior public health special issue. 

Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Stress, Mental Health, and Substance Use. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released a report on racial and ethnic disparities in the prevalence of stress and worry, mental health conditions, and increased substance use among U.S. adults during the COVID-19 pandemic in April and May 2020.

The Science Of Suicide Prevention: New Strategies For Understanding And Intervening from the 2021 University of Michigan Injury Prevention Center 2021 Suicide Prevention Summit.


PsychArmor & Colorado Governor’s Challenge
The Colorado Governor's Challenge to Prevent Suicide Among Service Members, Veterans, and their Families team is an interagency taskforce comprised of community leaders from the military, public health, and nonprofit spaces. Recognizing the need for responsive healthcare, they are grateful for the opportunity to provide 10 brief training modules chosen specifically for Colorado's mental healthcare providers to provide additional tools to aid understanding of military culture and the unique challenges faced. After having completed at least 70% of the courses, participants will be certified as a "Veteran-Ready Healthcare Provider" by the Colorado Governor's Challenge Team and PsychArmor. Organizations with at least 70% of their clinical staff reaching this threshold will receive the designation of "Veteran-Ready Organization." Please know your life-saving work with Colorado's service members, veterans, and their families is seen and valued. 

2021 Department of Defense (DOD) and Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Suicide Prevention Conference. Held virtually May 18-20, 2021


Older Adults

4th Annual Older Adult Mental Health Awareness Day Symposium from the NCOA is May 6, 2021. 

Reframing Aging Initiative: A series of six one-hour webinars to learn how to tell a new story – the whole story- of aging. Dates and registration details for the upcoming sessions found here.


Youth & Young Adults

April is Child Abuse Prevention is Suicide Prevention. Lean more about Child Abuse Prevention Month here

Later school start times improve students’ sleep, according to study involving Cherry Creek. This article discusses how middle and high school students sleep better and report being less tired at school when school starts an hour later than usual. See the study referenced here. You may also read the State of Colorado’s recommendation for delayed school start as an upstream youth suicide prevention strategy from the Child Fatality Review Team, here

Partners for Children’s Mental Health (PCMH) equips primary care providers with the skills and confidence to implement best-practice, suicide safer care. These interventions can increase identification of those in need of help and keep them out of the emergency room and safe until they are connected with ongoing community behavioral health support. PCMH has an opportunity for primary care providers who see patients ages 10-24 to participate in a 12-month research study.  For more information, please see this flyer or contact

PCMH is also hosting free Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) trainings in May 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):. 

To help Colorado schools and staff meet the mental health needs of students, PCMH is offering a variety of trainings, workshops, and communities of practice. Browse opportunities here. Stay up to date on the latest Colorado legislation related to youth mental health with PCMH’s 2021 Bills to Know tracker.


Overdose Prevention

Recovery Cards Project was created by Colorado’s opioid anti-stigma campaign, Lift The Label, to spotlight the importance of recovery. Working with artists in Colorado and nationwide, they developed free greeting cards to celebrate recovery, the efforts of those working to achieve it, and the people who support and encourage them every day. They are looking for a diverse group of Colorado artists, including artists in recovery to add to the campaign. Interested artists can submit their information using this form. They will be selecting artists by May 7, and expect the card development to run through July. Artists will be compensated. If you have questions, please contact Charlotte Whitney at

Resilience in Prevention: Opportunities to Adapt and Build for a Stronger Tomorrow. Visit the NPN Conference website linked above for more information on this virtual event. August 24-26, 2021. 

Cross-Pollinated Resources

Death Rates from Motor Vehicle Traffic Injury, Homicide, and Suicide. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has published a QuickStats on death rates from motor vehicle traffic injury, homicide, and suicide among young people ages 15 to 24 from 1999 through 2019.

Creating Protective Environments for LGBTQ+ Youth Within Schools and Communities to Prevent Sexual and Intimate Partner Violence. Join PreventConnect on this web conference with guests from the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment, Inside Out Youth Services, and SMYAL to explore how prevention practitioners are going beyond the binary when engaging men and boys and creating protective environments to prevent sexual and intimate partner violence for LGBTQ+ youth.


Healthy Neighborhood Investments A Policy Scan & Strategy Map

Upcoming Events!

The State of State, Territorial, and Tribal Suicide Prevention. April 30 at 12:00 pm MT 

Connecting the Pieces: Suicide Prevention Networking Event from the SPCC. Monday, May 3, 2021 9:00 am – 11:00 am MT.

Brain Health 101: Self-care For Emotional Wellness by Jefferson County Public Library. Tuesday May 4th, 2021 6:00 – 7:00 pm MT.

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

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