Office of Suicide Prevention
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Edition 40 | September 2021
This is a monthly newsletter from CDPHE regarding the Office of Suicide Prevention.

Welcome to the September 2021 Office of Suicide Prevention newsletter! This month is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month and National Hispanic Heritage Month!

Rockstar Partner Spotlight!

Christina Dolan

Christina is the current Zero Suicide Coordinator at Centura Health. She took over that role in September 2020, and leaving it in good hands! Christina has taken so much initiative and helped to ensure that Zero Suicide is implemented across the geographically vast Centura Health system. Christina created a monthly Zero Suicide Newsletter, with engaging topics and real-life examples of the positive impacts of Zero Suicide. Christina has raw talent in getting folks to rally around a cause, she is driven, organized, and passionate about this work. Christina also advocated to help pay for Trauma-Informed Care Trainings, and to get two behavioral health specialists trained as ASIST Trainers, in order to help Centura offer this incredible training to the community. Christina is generous with her time, resources, and support. Additionally, Christina facilitated a program called, "Circle Talk," which is a social program for seniors. This program helped connect a group of seniors all over the Denver area, and to bring them out of isolation from COVID-19, and to help improve their mental health. Christina is truly a ROCKSTAR, and our community is lucky to have her!

Christina is the definition of a Rockstar Partner! She is committed to building relationships with stakeholders, community partners, providers, and consumers. Christina is incredibly generous in every sense of the word, and our community is lucky to have her championing suicide prevention! Thank you for your dedication!

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.

Office of Suicide Prevention Updates

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 

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


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)

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. 

RESOURCES - Hot off the Press!

National Hispanic Heritage Month

National Hispanic Heritage Month Website

Addressing Latinx Health Disparities in the U.S. from the National Hispanic And Latino MHTTC

Hispanic & Latinx Identity And Cultural Dimensions


Starting this month, the new Forward Together youth and parent ads begin to roll out statewide! Forward Together fact sheets, brochures, and posters are also now available to order or download on Lastly, the Forward Together 2021 Research Boost Summary Report is now available for viewing! 

Resource Guide Provides Overview of Parity Law. Both federal and Colorado state law provide protections for consumers accessing mental and behavioral health services.  The guide, currently available as a downloadable document, the Mental and Behavioral Health Parity Guide, produced by DORA’s Division of Insurance, provides an overview for consumers and providers on mental health parity law.

The SPRC recently released this Mental Health Media Guide – a groundbreaking, comprehensive resource for content creators designed to help expand positive mental health portrayals. The best practices and evidence-based recommendations within this interactive tool can help the expert community support storytellers at any phase in the production process, across a wide range of mental health themes and topics. is a new website to serve as a one-stop shop to access the following:

  • Information and narratives to help you advocate for your center
  •  Social media toolkit
  • survey to submit your information to be included in the graphics and listed as a partner
  • Letter templates to request federal funding

CAMS has recently released the Alternate to CAMS Foundational Video, Session 9. Click here to watch!

Youth & Young Adults

Promoting Positive Mental Health in Rural Schools. Toolkit from Mountain Plains MHTTC. 

Factors Associated with Distinct Patterns of Suicidal Thoughts, Suicide Plans, and Suicide Attempts Among US Adolescents

Providing Mental Health Care to LGBTQIA+ Youth in Schools Recording. Learn about LGBTQIA+ youths' experiences of safety and discrimination in school and how to use affirming evidence-based practices to support them.

Back-to-school resources from the SPRC:

Older Adults

Preventing Suicide in Older Adults by the NCOA. 

CU researchers awarded grant to study “Safety in Dementia” decision tool. Researchers at the University of Colorado School of Medicine have been awarded a $1.7 million National Institutes of Health grant for a national study designed to improve firearm safety for people with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.

INFOGRAPHIC: 6 Steps to Prevent a Fall. English version. Spanish version.


Veterans Helping Veterans from Alliance for Suicide Prevention of Larimer County: this is a peer-led support group ran by veterans and is open to anyone that would like to join. Right now, this group is focusing on events that are happening in Afghanistan and how this is affecting veterans, loved ones, and our local community. This group meets Tuesdays at 1:00pm.  Please reach out to Marshall, Veteran Outreach Coordinator, at to RSVP. 

Overdose Prevention

The Colorado Office of Behavioral Health has retooled its signature marketing and outreach campaign that encourages people to seek care for opioid use disorder. Lift The Label, which strives to remove the stigma of SUD and connect Coloradans to treatment, features a new group of campaign spokespeople from diverse backgrounds and updated website information on cost of treatment and how to support loved ones.

The Recovery Cards Project, part of the Lift The Label anti-stigma campaign, provides free greeting cards that celebrate Coloradans taking steps to overcome addiction and the loved ones supporting them. This month the project unveiled 14 new greeting cards written by and for people in recovery and their loved ones. Order cards and download digital versions here, and filter by "new" to see the latest cards.

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Cross-Pollinated Resources

New tool explores why broadband access matters for health

Alliance for Health Policy’s Health Equity Summit recordings are now available online! This session reflected upon lessons learned and looked at policies and practices that perpetuate existing inequities in our society. Exploring a multitude of factors both current and historical, this Summit addressed the tradeoffs between inaction and intervention, as well as tangible policy options to start advancing health equity now. Whole-Person Care for People Experiencing Homelessness and Opioid Use Disorder

  • View the toolkit here.
  • Watch the webinar recording here.
Employment Opportunities

Partners for Children's Mental Health (PCMH) is hiring for a Trainer who will develop, adapt, and deliver effective trainings on innovative and evidence-based practices for those who provide mental health services and supports to youth and children throughout the state. Please find the full job description here.

The ASPIRE lab at the VA Rocky Mountain Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Center for Veteran Suicide Prevention is currently hiring. Click here for more details.  Available Positions Include:

  • Post-doctoral Research Fellow
  • Research/Project Coordinators
  • Data Analysts, with expertise in:
    • Quantitative data analysis
    • Qualitative analysis
    • Geospatial analysis

Surgeons, guns & prevention: Lessons learned from the American College of Surgeons Member Survey". By Firearm Injury Prevention Initiative and the American College of Surgeons. Oct 5, 2021 @ 01:00 PM MT. 

Teen Self Care Fair from Alliance for Suicide Prevention. Sun, October 10, 2021. 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM MT.  Location: Fort Collins Museum of Discovery. 408 Mason Ct. Fort Collins, CO 80524

Suicide Prevention Summit 2021 will take place on October 28, 2021 fro, 9:00 am - 3:30 pm MT in Lakewood, CO. Click the above link for more information and to register. 

Supporting Rural Aging Populations from Mountain Plains MHTTC. Webinar. October 12, 2021. 11:00 AM MT

Using Faith Supports to Increase Mental Health in Rural Communities from Mountain Plains MHTTC. Webinar. October 19, 2021. 11:00 AM MT

Suicide Prevention in Primary Care from Mountain Plains MHTTC. Webinar. October 20, 2021. 12:00 pm MST

This fall, Partners for Children’s Mental Health is hosting Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST), an internationally acclaimed two-day workshop in suicide first-aid. Participants learn how to recognize signs of suicide risk, effectively intervene, and develop a safety plan to keep someone alive. Training details:

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