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WHAT IS SPCC?

The Suicide Prevention Coalition of Colorado (SPCC) was formed in 1999, when concerned citizens set out to create a statewide agency with the purpose of preventing suicide and creating a resource network for those who were working to prevent suicide around the state.

Today, SPCC’s membership of concerned agencies, organizations and individuals who are working in the areas of suicide prevention, intervention and postvention has statewide reach.

The Suicide Prevention Coalition of Colorado works statewide to prevent suicide and its impact.
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Speaking the word itself is not the problem.

The silence that so often follows is.

THE S WORD, a feature-length documentary, tackles one of the most unfathomable issues of our time by telling the stories of suicide attempt survivors, along with the families and loved ones of those who have died by suicide - those who are left behind to suffer the anguish, guilt, and confusion of death by suicide. The voices of those living through suicide loss and attempts will be amplified above simple discussion and politics of the issues. This film is bracing, controversial, and surprising in its revelations, its humor, its connections, and its multiple points of view.

Movie website: 
theswordmovie.com

THE S WORD trailer: 
https://vimeo.com/189549300

Goals of THE S WORD:
- Raise awareness about suicide prevention and resources, including alternatives that reach outside the box.
- Expand the conversation about suicide to include everybody, because we have all been touched by it in some way.
- Talk openly about suicide without judgement, shame or discrimination.
- To get people to think about suicide in a completely different way – highlighting the complexity, pain and even humor of our survivors.
- Change the world. (Okay we know one film can’t change the world but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try.)

SPCC Screenings

We will have screenings of THE S WORD on September 25th at 6:00pm at Regis University and September 26th at 5:30pm at Colorado Mountain College. 

Find more information here for the screening on the 25th and here for the screening on the 26th. 


If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1(800)273-8255 or Colorado Crisis Services at 1(844)493-TALK (8255).

SPCC Meetings & Events

    • 11 Sep 2017
    • 11 Aug 2025
    • 96 sessions
    • First United Methodist Church | 824 Cooper Street, Glenwood Springs, Colorado 81601

    Heartbeat of Glenwood Springs Support Group

    Support group for suicide loss survivors hosted by Pam Szedelyi

    The support group is free and open to the public

    Location: The First United Methodist Church at 824 Cooper Street, Glenwood Springs, CO 81601

    Time:  6:30pm - 8:30pm

    This is a support group to help survivors of suicide loss express themselves, be heard, and hear the tales and advice of other survivors.

    This event is open to all.

    For further information, visit this website, email Pam Szedelyi at pamsz@sopris.net, or call 970-945-1398.

    • 18 Sep 2017
    • 20 Aug 2018
    • 12 sessions
    • Littler Prevention Campus | 2350 3rd Street Road, Greeley, Colorado 80631

    Support group for suicide loss survivors. This group is open, which means that new members may join at any time.

    Who should attend: Anyone who has experienced a loss to suicide.

    Event cost: Free.

    • 19 Sep 2017
    • 21 Aug 2018
    • 12 sessions
    • Pathways Hospice | 305 Carpenter Road, Fort Collins, Colorado 80525

    Event host: Alliance for Suicide Prevention

    Event description: People who are struggling with grief from the passing of a loved one by suicide and are in need of comfort, support, and acknowledgement that life is worth living afterwards are invited to join this monthly group. The focus of this support group is on inner healing, personal growth, techniques and tools to go beyond survival into a thriving life when one is ready.

    Who should attend: People who have lost loved ones to suicide.

    Event cost: Free.

    • 19 Sep 2017
    • 20 Aug 2018
    • 12 sessions
    • Bethany Lutheran Church | 4500 East Hampden Avenue, Denver, Colorado 80246

    Parents Surviving Suicide Support Group

    Support group on September 19th for parents who are the survivors of suicide

    The group is free and open to the public

    Location: Bethany Lutheran Church | 4500 East Hampden Avenue, Denver, Colorado 80246

    Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm

    This event is a monthly support group for suicide loss survivors. This group is open, meaning that new members can join at any time.

    This event is open to all.

    For more information, contact Vivian Epstein at vsepublisher@earthlink.net or 303-322-7450.

    • 25 Sep 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Regis University Recital Hall, Peter Claver Hall, 3333 Regis Blvd. Denver, CO 80221


    The Suicide Prevention Coalition of Colorado, in association with local agencies, is excited to announce that we will be bringing The S Word to Colorado screens for Suicide Prevention Month in September.

    The S Word is a documentary film that tackles one of the most unfathomable issues of our time: suicide. This documentary opens the conversation to reduce the shame and silence.

    Sally Spencer-Thomas said that this documentary is one of the most powerful, inspiring and well-crafted movies on suicide that she has ever seen.

    The documentary will be screened with producer Lisa Klein present, who will introduce the film and answer questions from the audience at the end.

    Locations and times for showings will be posted on our website as they are confirmed.

    You can watch a trailer for The S Word here, as well as find times and showing locations.

    • 26 Sep 2017
    • 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Event location: https://attendee.gototraining.com/r/1855903445093275138

    Event Host: United Suicide Survivors International, Sally Spencer-Thomas

    Event Description: Learn why telling stories of hope and recovery is so important to suicide prevention. A brief overview of best practices in safe and effective storytelling will be covered.

    Who should attend: Anyone who is interested in learning more about how to tell safe and effective stories about living through suicide crises.

    Event cost: Free

    Click here for additional information, and to register.

    • 26 Sep 2017
    • 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Colorado Mountain College Vail Valley at Edwards, 150 Miller Ranch Road Edwards, CO 81632


    The Suicide Prevention Coalition of Colorado, in association with local agencies, is excited to announce that we will be bringing The S Word to Colorado screens for Suicide Prevention Month in September.

    The S Word is a documentary film that tackles one of the most unfathomable issues of our time: suicide. This documentary opens the conversation to reduce the shame and silence.

    Sally Spencer-Thomas said that this documentary is one of the most powerful, inspiring and well-crafted movies on suicide that she has ever seen.

    The documentary will be screened with producer Lisa Klein present, who will introduce the film and answer questions from the audience at the end.

    Locations and times for showings will be posted on our website as they are confirmed.

    You can watch a trailer for The S Word here.

    • 26 Sep 2017
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Heartlight Center | 11150 East Dartmouth Avenue, Aurora, Colorado 80014

    Event description: Support group for suicide loss survivors. This group is open, which means that new members may join at any time.

    Who should attend: Anyone who has experiences a loss from suicide.

    Event cost: Free

    • 28 Sep 2017
    • Event location: Hilton Garden Inn, Denver/Cherry Creek, 600 South Colorado Blvd, Morello Room Denver, CO

    Event description: safeTALK is a half-day alertness training that prepares anyone over the age of 15, regardless of prior experience or training, to become a suicide-alert helper. safeTALK-trained helpers can recognize these invitations and take action by connecting them with life-saving intervention resources..

    Who should attend: Anyone over 15 years

    Event cost: $10.00 Cash or cheque only; The registration fee for this training is $10, with all other costs being supported by LivingWorks Education

    • 28 Sep 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Event location: Twitter #ElevateTheConvo

    Event Description: Join us on twitter and follow the hashtag #ElevateTheConvo. We will be discussing the importance of reducing access to lethal means when someone is suicidal.

    Who should attend: Anyone interested in making suicide prevention a health and safety priority.

    Event cost: Free.

    • 30 Sep 2017
    • 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Telluride Town Park - Core Area - Telluride, CO

    Event Host: AFSP (American Foundation for Suicide Prevention)

    Event Description: Walk to save lives and give hope to those affected by suicide through research, education and advocacy to take action against this leading cause of death.

    Who should attend: Anyone interested in raising awareness and prevention of suicide.

    Event cost: Free. There is no charge to participate. Donations and fundraising encouraged, but not required.

    • 30 Sep 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Legion Field - Fort Morgan, CO

    Event Host: AFSP (American Foundation for Suicide Prevention)

    Event Description: Walk to save lives and give hope to those affected by suicide through research, education and advocacy to take action against this leading cause of death.

    Who should attend: Anyone interested in raising awareness and prevention of suicide.

    Event cost: Free. There is no charge to participate. Donations and fundraising encouraged, but not required.

    • 06 Oct 2017
    • 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Fox Hollow Golf Course, 13410 W Morrison Rd, Lakewood, CO 80228


    Play golf. Drink. Have fun. All in the name of a good cause. This golf tournament will benefit Man Therapy, a website that uses humor to break down barriers, remove stigmas, and help men take control over their mental health issues. Man Therapy has already helped thousands of men get the help they needed and hopes to help thousands more. Learn more at mantherapy.org.

    Your tournament entry includes green fees for 18 holes of golf, gift bag, post-tournament barbecue, prizes for winning foursome, longest drive, closest to the pin, longest putt and more.

    Become a sponsor and men everywhere will owe you a firm handshake. Donations are NOT tax deductible. However, every dollar raised will be put towards promoting Man Therapy in Colorado. Man Therapy is a partnership with Cactus and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

    Click here for more information, and to register.

    • 08 Nov 2017
    • 7:00 PM
    • Community United Church of Christ, 2650 Table Mesa Dr., Boulder

    SAVE THE DATE

    HOPE Lights the Night

    The Ninth Annual Candlelight Gathering to Remember Those Lost to Us by Suicide
    and to Honor the Bereaved and All Touched by Suicide

     Wednesday, November 8th, 2017 at 7 p.m.
    This Non-Denominational Event is held at
    Community United Church of Christ, 2650 Table Mesa Dr., Boulder

    This free program includes music, responsive readings, a symbolic lighting of candles, and brief
    comments about how suicide affects us all.

    Information about mental health, suicide, and local resources will be available.

    Program is organized by the HOPE Coalition and sponsored by many community partners.

    For further information, contact Susan Marine swdkm321@comcast.net


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