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Edition 30 | November 2020
This is a monthly newsletter from CDPHE regarding the Office of Suicide Prevention.
OFFICE OF SUICIDE PREVENTION
Welcome to the November 2020 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!
Meet Corinne!
Corinne is the Behavioral Health Operations Coordinator at Tri-County Health Network. Prior to taking on this role on July 1, as a recent college graduate, she was an Americorp VISTA employee with our firm. Corinne is an instructor in Mental Health First Aid, for Adults, Youth and Teen, is a safeTALK instructor, and is trained in ASIST. She is a top notch instructor, creating safe spaces for participants to share their stories as they learn skills to help community members. 

Corinne is also willing to share openly her own lived experience around mental health and suicide as appropriate in trainings and at our NAMI Family to Family Program. In every case she speaks with honesty, compassion and empathy, and does not shy away from answering the difficult questions which are sometimes posed to her. In her role as an ASIST trained community member, Corinne has helped individuals who are having thoughts of suicide ideation and helping them keep safe and find appropriate help. Finally, Corinne has worked hard to help promote all of our behavioral health programs, including assisting with putting on the annual Out of the Darkness walk (this year, the only live walk in the state).
Office of Suicide Prevention Updates

Funding Opportunities

Comprehensive Suicide Prevention for Public Schools and Districts
The OSP released a Request for Applications on November 1, 2020 for Colorado public schools and districts to support suicide prevention training, policy development, and school climate improvement strategies. The funding announcement and application materials are now available here. An information session will be held Tuesday, December 1, 2020, at noon. Application deadline: January 22, 2021, 11:59 p.m.


Coroner & Medical Examiner Mini Grants for Suicide Prevention
The OSP and Child Fatality Prevention System (CFPS) are pleased to announce the availability of funding specifically for Colorado Coroners and Medical Examiners to help better understand and prevent suicide deaths.

The goals of this new mini grant funding include 1) increasing utilization of the Suicide Death Investigation Form, 2) bringing staff from coroner agencies and medical examiner offices into local or regional suicide prevention coalitions and working groups, 3) supporting suicide loss survivors, and 4) improving the Suicide Death Investigation Form. 

Coroner agencies and medical examiners offices can apply for up to $5,000.00 to be used towards costs incurred in the completion of activities associated with this mini grant between January 1, 2021 and June 30, 2021. If interested, please complete this brief application by December 4th, 2020.  Applications will be reviewed in December, and your notice of award will be received by December 31, 2020.

If you have any questions about this application or funding opportunity, please contact Sasha Mintz, CFPS Epidemiologist (sasha.mintz@state.co.us).

Zero Suicide

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. To be contacted for the next collaborative, please email Michael.Lott-Manier@state.co.us.


Trainings

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.

To access the training, click here and enter access code: OSP Gen. Please note that we have a limited number of licenses available for use available 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)
In light of COVID-19, the OSP has moved all CAMS trainings to a virtual platform. If you are a behavioral health provider interested in participating, sign up to receive more information here. To learn more about the training, visit CAMS-Care.com.

RESOURCES - Hot off the Press!

Race, Racism, & Mental Health
The OSP released a draft statement and action plan to dismantle racism. Additionally, we have included several resources for race, racism, and mental health below.


Loss Survivors
International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day took place on November 21, 2020. Below are resources for loss survivors:


Youth, Schools & Colleges 


Older Adults


Cross-Pollinated Resources


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