Colorado National Collaborative (CNC)
The Colorado National Collaborative (CNC) was recognized for innovative suicide prevention work in a special issue of the Preventive Medicine journal. The Colorado National Collaborative: A public health approach to suicide prevention, highlights the a comprehensive suicide prevention model, evidence-informed strategies being implemented across the six CNC counties, and the collaborative evaluation efforts.
Suicide Prevention Commission Updates
The Colorado Suicide Prevention Commission would like to thank Dessa Bokides, Dale Emme, Ted Harms, Dr. Susan Marine, the Honorable Jonathan Shamis, and Jess Stohlmann-Rainey, who all rotated off the Commission in 2021, for their dedication and service to suicide prevention in Colorado! In addition, we would love to welcome our new commissioners: Dr. Benek Altayli, Dan Brite, Erin Ivie, Duane France, Dr. Kimberly Nordstrom, Jessie Pocock, Paul Reich, Julissa Soto, and Tanaya Winder! Thank you for volunteering your time, expertise, and personal experience to reduce suicidal despair and prevent suicide loss in Colorado! We look forward to having you on board.
In addition, the Commission is still recruiting for applications to be nominated to the following seats: Licensed Mental Health Professional, Representative of a Philanthropic Foundation, Representative of the Oil and Gas Industry in a Rural Area, Representative of the Colorado Business Community, and an Individual who has Lost a Family Member to Suicide. If you would like to apply, please complete an application here.
Postvention Efforts on the Commission
The Suicide Prevention Commission is welcoming applications for the Family Member of a Person Lost to Suicide (Loss Survivor) Commissioner seat and is sharing an interest list for participants to learn more about a forthcoming Postvention Commission Workgroup! Learn more about these opportunities here.
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 Thursday, October 28th, from 10 -11 am. To be contacted for the next collaborative, please email Conlin.Bass@state.co.us
Older Adults Workgroup
The Office of Suicide Prevention has recently created an older adults workgroup, focusing on suicide prevention for adults, ages 65+. Our next meeting will take place on Friday, November 5th, 9:00-10:30 am. For more information, please reach out to Dymond.Ruybal@state.co.us.
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 Dymond.Ruybal@state.co.us.
Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality (CAMS)
We will be scheduling additional CAMS trainings in later 2021. 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.