Office of Suicide Prevention
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Edition 22 | March 2020
This is a monthly newsletter from CDPHE regarding the Office of Suicide Prevention.

Welcome to the March 2020, Office of Suicide Prevention newsletter!


As the novel COVID-19 disease continues to affect Colorado, the nation, and the world, the OSP would like to recognize the uncertainty of the rapidly changing situation and the many issues this may cause. Taking care of yourself and those close to you during this time is critical. We want to provide support and resources to help you manage and maintain health and wellness during this difficult time. Linked below are several tips, recommendations, and resources to help you navigate a variety of COVID-19 topics.

News and Updates
The most current COVID-19 news and updates from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) can be found on Colorado’s newly developed COVID-19 website. Additionally, information and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) can be found here

Tips and Factsheets
Mental Health and Coping

For Young People

Other Resources

Office of Suicide Prevention Updates

Peer Assistance Program for EMS
The State of Colorado is pleased to announce that the statewide Peer Assistance Program has been established. Any currently certified Colorado EMS provider now has a new avenue of access and support for issues related to stress management, mental health, and wellness. These services are confidential, free of charge, and available statewide. Information about the program can be found online at  Peer assistance program contact: 1-800-873-7138.

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 Learning Collaborative will take place on Thursday, March 27, 2020 at 10 am via Zoom. To be added to the invite list, please email


Postponed:  Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality (CAMS)
In light of the COVID-19 situation, the OSP has postponed all CAMS trainings through the end of May 2020. We will be rescheduling the Lakewood, Greeley, and Colorado Springs trainings to later this summer. If you are interested in participating in one of these free CAMS training later this year, please sign up to receive more information here. To learn more about the training, visit the CAMS-Care website.

Funding Opportunity

Colorado Blueprint to End Hunger: COVID-19 Emergency Hunger Relief Fund
First round submission deadline: March 25, 2020
Purpose: This Fund will provide flexible resources to entities working to support the food and nutritional needs of communities who are disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 and the economic consequences of the outbreak.
To apply: Navigate to the Colorado COVID-19 Emergency Hunger Relief Fund application

Climb Educational & Social Integration for Refugee-Eligible Youth
RFA submission deadline:
April 10, 2020 by 3:00PM MT.
RFA Number: RFA IHGA 2020000207  
Purpose: The purpose of this Request for Applications is to solicit proposals from Colorado agencies that provide services to support youth in educational and career goals through tutoring, mentoring, after-school programs, and extracurricular activities. Programs should make use of established best practices, be fiscally sustainable or have a long range plan for fiscal sustainability, and should utilize funds to build capacity in existing programs to serve refugee-eligible youth. All grant applications must include Positive Youth Development (PYD), Mentoring Best Practices, and a Two-Generation (2Gen) Approach.

To apply: Navigate to ColoradoVSS and look up the RFA number.

Stories of Resilience

Colorado Public Radio (CPR): When A Teen Loses A Friend To Suicide, Life As They Know It Can Shatter. This CPR news story interviews Brooke, a recent graduate of Arapahoe High School in Littleton, who shares her struggle with mental health issues after losing friends to suicide, and how she got through it. 

A new podcast from Colorado Public Radio (CPR): Back from Broken, highlights personal stories of recovery. Every other Friday, "this show is a place to regularly showcase courage and what it takes to come back."

FOX21 News:  Remarkably resilient, meet Kristen Christy. A Colorado Springs woman, and suicide loss survivor, continues to push toward getting March 4th recognized as a national day for suicide survivors, called National Resilience Day.


Office Suicide Prevention and Wellness Programs looked at the suicide prevention or wellness programs offered by law enforcement agencies across the United States. 

Suicide Attempts and Eating Disorders 
U.S. adults with a lifetime history of an eating disorder--anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, or binge eating disorder are at increased risk of having a suicide attempt history. 

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Resources - Hot off the Press!

Action Alliance Releases New Guide on Lethal Means & Suicide Prevention. This report provides an overview of the role lethal means play in suicide, and highlights actions being taken by governments, organizations, and industries that have resulted in lived being saved.

Teen Mental Health: Supporting Schools and Expanding Resources A webinar discussing strategies to improve teen mental health and prevent substance misuse and suicide. The National American Indian and Alaskan Native MHTTC released their spring issue of Mental Health in our Native American Communities, which addresses suicidality, trauma and healing, and provides resources and recommendations for these communities. 

The Mountain Plains Mental Health Technology Transfer Center and Mental Health Colorado have collaborated to revise and update the School Mental HealthToolkit to focus on topics relevant to rural schools and addressing and supporting the mental health needs of students. An online training will be held Tuesday March 31, 2020 from 3:00-3:45 pm MST. Attendance is free, but registration is required. Sign up here

Suicide Prevention Across the Educational Continuum:
This series will provide participants with information related to suicide prevention across the educational continuum for youth, young adults, and college students. Liked HERE is the registration 6-Part Webinar Series April & May, 2020.

Stay up to date this legislative session (when it resumes) with the VIPrevention Network legislative trackers

In the News

New York Times Op-ed: How Working-Class Life Is Killing Americans, in Charts discusses class inequality and suicide. 

USA Today: We tell suicidal people to go to therapy. So why are therapists rarely trained in suicide? discusses the need for mental health professionals to have formal training in how to effectively support and provide treatment for people experiencing suicidal despair.

Reddit x Suicide Prevention: Reddit to launch new suicide prevention tools
Reddit, an online community for people to connect, announced new tools to help with suicide prevention, offered in partnership with the Crisis Text Line

Snapchat x Mental Health: Snapchat introduces mental health tool called 'Here For You'
The popular social media app includes a new feature to provide resources to users who might be experiencing a mental or emotional crisis.

Upcoming Events!

AAS 2020 conference will be held virtually on April 22-25, 2020, due to COVID-19. Please visit their website for further details.

Cancelled: safeTALK Training - April 29, 2020 at Sky Ridge Medical

Please email Phyllis Harvey for more information on the training and future dates.

No-Cost SBIRT Training - Glenwood Springs
Health care providers who are interested in learning more about SBIRT, practicing motivational interviewing techniques, and understanding how to implement SBIRT into their own practice are welcome to attend a no-cost three hour SBIRT training on Friday, May 8, 2020 from 12:30 PM - 3:30 PM. Click here to register.

Cross-Pollinated Resources

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
The Reimagined in America webinars discuss how to build a culture of health in the United States. 

New Positive Youth Development (PYD) videos! They can be found on the PYD in Action website,, under the Resources section. 

Rural Community Action Guide: Building Stronger, Healthy Drug-Free Rural Communities. This guide aims to educate the public by providing an overview of the key challenges rural communities face when addressing the consequences of prescription opioid misuse and the use of illicit substances. It also showcases localized efforts implemented to help mitigate the impact of substance use disorder.

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