Office of Suicide Prevention
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Edition 26 | July 2020
This is a monthly newsletter from CDPHE regarding the Office of Suicide Prevention.
Welcome to the July 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.
Rockstar Partner Spotlight

Jefferson Center has been serving as the community mental health and substance use services provider for Jefferson, Gilpin, and Clear Creek counties for more than 60 years. Three years ago, they adopted the Zero Suicide Program and in a short time has seen tremendous success in increasing awareness and preparing community members to save lives. 

The Zero Suicide Implementation Team at Jefferson Center operates under the belief that suicide deaths for individuals under the care of health and behavioral health systems are preventable. In an effort to create a practical framework for moving toward the Zero Suicide goal and develop an organization-wide understanding that suicide is preventable, a total of 1,018 staff have attended QPR training since the program’s inception, an additional 258 staff have completed CAMS, and all staff members are invited to participate in innovative provider bookclubs and consultations to foster an ongoing environment of support. 

Innovation and expansion are at the core of the Jefferson Center Zero Suicide Implementation Team, which led to the creation of a unique client pathway, designed to support clients experiencing risk as well as staff providing care. As the Center transitioned to remote operations in the wake of COVID-19, innovative support remained at the forefront of the team’s mission and team members quickly adapted to provide care through various tools, increase communication, and expand collaborative efforts with numerous teams. 

Jefferson Center is proud to facilitate a staff culture of support, prioritizing client safety, providing community support, and contributing to statewide collaboration and learning as we move toward making the Zero Suicide goal a reality.

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.

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.

General Suicide Prevention

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

Reports, Research, & Presentations

National Survey on LGBTQ Youth Mental Health 2020: The Trevor Project’s second annual release of new insights into the unique challenges that LGBTQ youth face every day. 

Cross-pollinated Resources

Employment Opportunity

  • Rocky Mountain Crisis Partners is expanding their programming over the next several months, and is looking for great people to join their team. They are currently hiring for nine roles, some with multiple positions. Learn more and apply here

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