Office of Suicide Prevention
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Edition 27 | August 2020
This is a monthly newsletter from CDPHE regarding the Office of Suicide Prevention.
Correction: the previous version of this email that was sent out got cut off.

Welcome to the August Office of Suicide Prevention newsletter! As our office continues to grow, we wanted to create a better communication channel to highlight new resources, community-level work, funding opportunities, and upcoming events.
Office of Suicide Prevention Updates
Last month, Larimer County successfully hosted their first Northern Colorado Suicide Prevention Symposium. Video recordings of the Colorado National Collaborative pillar sessions can be found here

CDPHE released the latest Healthy Kids Colorado Survey data, showing when young people have access to protective factors they are less likely to experience poor mental health and engage in unhealthy behaviors like substance abuse and violence.


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 we have a limited number of licenses available for use available 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 in-person CAMS trainings to a virtual platform. If you are interested in participating, please sign up to receive more information here. To learn more about the training, visit the CAMS-Care website.
RESOURCES - Hot off the Press!

Race, Racism, & Mental Health
The OSP has released a statement and action plan to dismantle racism. Additionally, we have included several resources for race, racism and mental health below.

Advancing Racial Equity & Inclusion in the Workplace Symposium: By The Denver Public Library. Find all Presentations and a Resource List linked here. 

How to Make Mental Health Care Culturally Responsive

How Public Servants Can Fight For Racial Justice

How to be an Anti-racist: Featuring Ibram X. Kendi, PhD

11 Black Queer and Trans Women Discuss Self-Care

Identity and Cultural Dimensions of Black/African Americans by NAMI

General Suicide Prevention
Suicide Prevention Month Ideas For Action by the SPRC: September 2020 Edition

SAFE-T Pocket Card: Suicide Assessment Five-Step Evaluation and Triage for Clinicians

Applying Zero Suicide in Pediatric Care Settings

Navigating Back to School: From The Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide 

Autism and Suicide: By Penn Center of Mental Health

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

Larimer County Resources for COVID-19 provided by United Way. 

Treating Suicidal Patients during COVID-19 by SPRC.

The Wellness Society developed a Coronavirus Anxiety Workbook aimed to help everyone during COVID 19.

Older Adults
Suicide and Older Adults: by CAMS with special Guest Dr. Yeates Conwell.

Practical Approaches to Race-based Stress and Trauma in Older Adults: Thursday, September 17th, 2020, 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. MST

Social Disconnection and Late-Life Suicide - A virtual workshop. September 17-18, 2020. For more information, contact Dr. Liz Necka or Dr. Jovier Evans.

Reducing Loneliness and Social Isolation among Older Adults: Covers the risk factors for and impact of loneliness and social isolation on older adults, tools to identify loneliness in older adults, and resources for reduction.

Increased Access to Mental Health Care for Older Adults: Getting Support during COVID-19: Provides information on the potential effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the mental health of older adults.

Op-ed: For Older People, Despair, as Well as Covid-19, Is Costing Lives

Reports and Research
Nasal Spray Approved for Actively Suicidal People

Mental Health, Substance Use, and Suicidal Ideation During the COVID-19 Pandemic

A Sister and Survivor Looks Back 40 Years at Her Brother's Suicide

Autism Stories: By Lisa Morgan

Cross-Pollinated Resources
Colorado Healthy Youth Campaign Pre-Launch Webinar: Wednesday, September 2, 2020 @ 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. MST 

Root Causes: Explore What Affects Mental Health in Colorado. Tracing how social and economic life in Colorado communities affects mental health.

Social Determinants of Health in Rural Communities Toolkit


Question Persuade Refer (QPR) Gatekeeper Training

Presented by Partners for Children’s Mental Health.

  • Friday, August 28, 2:00-3:30 p.m. MST in English.

Presented by Jefferson Center:

  • Thursday, September 3, 2020. 10:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m. MST in English.
  • Miércoles, 9 de septiembre de 2020. 2:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m. MST en Español.
  • Wednesday, September 30, 2020. 12:00 p.m.–1:30 p.m. MST in English.

Webinar Series: Suicide Prevention in Rural Primary Care. Intervention, Follow-up, and Telehealth Tips. September 10,2020 11 a.m. MST

World Suicide Prevention Day Walk: Thursday, September 10, 2020

Preventing Suicide and Self-Harm Among Black Youth: Thursday, September 10, 2020 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. MST

AFSP: Colorado Coming Together Out of the Darkness Experience. Multiple Locations.
Saturday, September 12, 2020: Canon City, Fort Collins, Gunnison, Fort Morgan, Telluride, Rifle 
Sunday, September 27, 2020: Denver

Second Wind Fund 19th Annual Virtual & In-Person Walk/Run: Saturday, October 3, 2020 at Clement Park. Register by September 20 and receive a free 2020 Walk/Run shirt!
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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