Office of Suicide Prevention
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Edition 10 | March 2019
This is a monthly newsletter from CDPHE regarding the Office of Suicide Prevention.

Welcome to the March 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. We hope you will find this a valuable resource to keep you plugged in to Suicide Prevention in Colorado!

Rockstar Partner Spotlight!

Well done Heather and Health Solutions!

Heather Pelser works with Health Solutions as the Regional Youth Suicide Prevention Coordinator for El Paso and Pueblo Counties.  She has been a key leader in forming Suicide Prevention Coalitions in Pueblo County and in Monument, Colorado.  She is an active QPR Trainer and enjoys presenting at conferences in both the Colorado Springs and Pueblo communities.  She is active on many community boards and works hard to give youth suicide prevention work a voice in her communities. Heather recently started a "Coffee Shop Campaign" in which she partners with local coffee shops to put positive messaging stickers with the Colorado Crisis Line numbers on coffee cup jackets with the intention of reaching the 19-24 year old youth age group. Heather is part of her agency's Zero Suicide committee and is also a member of the Colorado-National Collaborative for both El Paso and Pueblo Counties.  Heather lost a teenage client to suicide in 2016 and is very passionate about making systematic changes that will not allow any child to fall through the cracks. The Office of Suicide Prevention is grateful to be able to work with Heather and Health Solutions across so many different suicide prevention initiatives, and it is this aligning of work that shapes a truly comprehensive suicide prevention approach here in Colorado.

Office of Suicide Prevention Updates

The Office is proud to stand with our Governor in support of HB19-1129 to prohibit conversion therapy for minors! Read more about why here.

Free Clinical Training: The OSP will provide CAMS (Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality) training for select mental health and behavioral health providers in 2019. We still have space available at two CAMS trainings:

For more information about the CAMS trainings coming to Colorado through the Colorado Office of Suicide Prevention, please email Lena Heilmann at

New Work Group of the Suicide Prevention Commission:  
The Commission voted during January’s quarterly meeting to create a new work group: Investigating the Use of Forced Treatment for People Experiencing Suicidal Thoughts. The goals of this work group will be to explore current and best practices based on lived experience, research, and existing recommendations to:

  1. Create clear and actionable recommendations about the use of involuntary interventions (mental health holds, certifications, involuntary and emergency medications, etc.).

  2. Prioritize and incentivize least restrictive interventions and de-incentivize most restrictive interventions.

  3. Create support for providers to effectively implement the recommendations.

This work group will meet for one year to produce a report of their findings and recommendations. Meetings will take place on the second Thursday of each month, beginning May 9th from 2-4 PM.  For more information on this work group, kindly inquire here.

The OSP also has materials for YMHFA, SafeTALK, and QPR available for organizations needing financial assistance to provide community trainings. Click the links to request material assistance while supplies last! (there is also funding to support Mental Health First Aid Trainings in Colorado- more information here).


Free Behavioral Health in Primary Care Modules: Including Men and Depression and  Obesity and Depression

RESOURCES - Hot off the Press!

The National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention (Action Alliance) has released the first-ever National Recommendations for Depicting Suicide in entertainment content, in collaboration with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the Entertainment Industries Council (EIC). Representatives from the entertainment industry and suicide prevention field provided input on the recommendations, which advance goal four of the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention.

A promising new clue to prevent teen suicide: empower adults who care

Addiction doc says: It’s not the drugs. It’s the ACEs...adverse childhood experiences


Rocky Mountain Short Takes on Suicide Prevention: Why We Need to Talk Firearm Safety When We talk about Suicide Prevention with Dr. Michael Anestis


Social Media and Suicide: A Tipsheet for Parents and Providers
In response to recent events surrounding social media and suicide content, the American Association of Suicidology (AAS), in partnership with pediatricians and subject matter experts, has released an easy-to-use tipsheet for parents, health and behavioral health providers, and caregivers.


Train the Trainer -Question Persuade Refer- 

Suicide Education and Support Services (SESS), of North Range Behavioral Health will be hosting a QPR Train the Trainer on April 19, 2019 in Greeley.

Cost: $495.00 - includes full, 3-year certification and all materials needed to provide a QPR training.
Register by emailing Kimberly Pratt at


Register Now! The American Association of Suicidology Conference is being held in Denver April 24-27

The Suicide Prevention Coalition of Colorado is offering Scholarships for the Healing After Suicide Loss portion of the conference. These are available for Colorado residents with lived experience and applications are due March 25.

Faith Communities as Leaders in Suicide Prevention.  Join us at AAS in Denver April 24-27.

More info on specific sessions here:

American Association of Suicidology April 2019 Conference Faith Content


Eleventh Annual Aaron Kent Bailey Suicide Prevention Convocation

Complexities of Care for Suicidal People: Innovative Approaches Using Digital Platforms, Meera Narasimhan, MD, Professor and Chair, Department of Neuropsychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of South Carolina
Wednesday, April 24, 2019, 12-1:15 PM
Ben Nighthorse Campbell Building, Anschutz Medical Campus


Community Reach Center is now offering training in Assessing and Managing Suicide Risk (AMSR)
Interested clinicians can register for the next training April 25


May 16 suicide to Hope: A Recovery and Growth Workshop
This is a one-day workshop primarily designed for clinicians and other professional caregivers who work with persons recently at risk of and currently safe from suicide. It provides tools to help these caregivers and persons with experiences of suicide work together to develop achievable and significant recovery and growth goals. 6 CEU’s will be available. To register, email Phyllis Harvey by May 2, 2019


Bridging the Divide - Save the Date! September 27 in Fort Collins


Principles for Building Healthy and Prosperous Communities
These Principles are derived from a thematic review of mission statements and principles from 35 organizations representing the community development, health, academic, government, finance, and philanthropic sectors. More than 200 respondents provided over 1,800 comments which helped refine the Principles below (read the full history of how these were written).


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