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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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OurDataHelps.org is a data company staffed by suicide prevention experts, and they need your help.

Dedicated to understanding why suicide happens, OurDataHelps would like people to grant them access to their social media and wearable fitness tracker information in the hopes that these new sources of information might shed new light on mental health.

"The data we collect is limited to public posts and messages typically visible to friends and family on the various social networks (as well as fitness tracking). If you choose to donate your data or the data of a deceased loved one, we will use it to build a state-of-the-art, first-of-its-kind system to help those with lived experience, suicide loss survivors, their families, their communities, their doctors, and their healthcare systems prevent suicide," says the company's website. And, the company promises to never sell this data.

Visit OurDataHelps.org for more information.

Anyone who is experiencing suicidal thoughts should contact Colorado Crisis Services: http://coloradocrisisservices.org/ or 844-493-TALK(8255).

SPCC Meetings & Events

    • 28 Jan 2017
    • 3:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Eagle Pool and Ice Rink, 1700 Bull Pasture Rd, Eagle, CO 81631

    • 03 Feb 2017
    • 8:00 AM
    • 05 Feb 2017
    • 5:00 PM
    • University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus 13121 E 17th Ave, Aurora, CO 80045 Education Building 2 - Lecture Hall- 1st floor & Porter Adventist Hospital 2525 S Downing, St, Denver, CO 80210 Grand Mesa Room

    SAVE THE DATE: The Suicide Prevention Coalition of Colorado is a proud partner on this year's Elevating The Conversation, a conference designed to help mental health service providers and peer specialists/supporters sharpen their skills in suicide risk assessment, management, recovery and grief support. The main event on 2/3/17 features Dr. Jonathan Singer on Youth Suicide Prevention (open to all) and a post-conference certification course developed by Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services will train providers on how to they can become a Suicide Attempt Survivor Support Group Facilitator (only 24 spots available).

    Register now: www.ElevateTheConvo.com

    Early bird discount deadline is 1/17/17

    • 04 Feb 2017
    • 8:00 AM
    • 05 Feb 2017
    • 5:00 PM
    • Porter Adventist Hospital -- Grand Mesa Room 2525 South Downing Street Denver, CO 80210

    Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services has created a 2-day training designed to prepare those 

    interested in developing and facilitating the Survivors of Suicide Attempts Support Group.

    Training participants will learn techniques for assessing and managing risk and will gain a thorough 

    understanding of the structure and content of the group as described in The Manual for Support 

    Groups for Suicide Attempt Survivors.

    Limited to the first 24 people to register.

    Early-bird registration closes January 10.



    Shari Sinwelski, MS/Ed.S., has been working in the field of suicide prevention since 1994 and currently serves as the Associate Project Director for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, where she oversees networks operations and best practices for its network of 165 crisis centers. She founded one of the nation’s first Survivors of Suicide Attempt’s support group and co-authored the accompanying training manual which has recently been accepted to the Suicide Prevention Resource Center’s Best Practices Registry. 


    • Individuals who have training or experience in providing suicide intervention

    • Individuals who have experience facilitating support groups or other group activities

    • Individuals whose beliefs and attitudes about suicide align with the mission and values of the description of the group below


    The time after a suicide attempt can be very confusing and filled with lots of conflicting emotions. Typically the pain and problems that lead a person to consider suicide are still present and are compounded by reactions of family and friends. Many attempt survivors feel embarrassed, ashamed or guilty about their attempt. Some feel angry that they are still alive. Others are grateful that they survived and are determined to find the reasons they are still here.

    Because of the discrimination and prejudice associated with suicide, many suicide attempt survivors feel very alone and don’t know where to turn. Talking with others who have similar experiences can be an important part of healing after a suicide attempt. Didi Hirsch's Survivor of Suicide Attempt Support groups offer a safe, non-judgmental place for people to talk about the feelings that led them to attempt suicide and to talk about the impact that their attempt had on their lives.

    Groups are typically composed of five to eight people who have survived a suicide attempt or who are struggling with persistent thoughts of suicide. The same people will be in a group for the entire eight weeks; it is not a "drop-in" group. This allows group members to develop safe, secure bonds with each other, thereby improving their healing process.

    Groups are facilitated by a therapist with expertise in suicide intervention. Often, there are members who have completed several cycles of the eight week group, who can serves as mentors to newer members.

    Group meetings provide a time for members to discuss the challenges and successes that they are facing following their suicide attempt. Members can share stories and strategies for survival. The facilitators will lead discussions to help members better recognize what led to their suicide attempt and incorporate other ways to relieve the pain that may have led to their attempt.

    • 16 Feb 2017
    • 8:00 AM
    • 17 Feb 2017
    • 4:00 PM
    • Jefferson Center for Mental Health 4851 Independence St, Clear Creek and Coal Creek Conference Rooms, Wheat Ridge, CO 80033

    • 24 Mar 2017
    • 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Jefferson Center for Mental Health 4851 Independence Clear Creek Conference Room Wheat Ridge, CO 80033

    SafeTalk & GLBTQ Information Session

    • Are you a service provider, parent, staff member, or community representative who comes in contact with youth or young adults?
    • Do you need information about suicide awareness and prevention?
    • Would you like to better understand the GLBTQ (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual,Transgender, or Questioning) community?

    Attend this FREE safeTALK Suicide Alertness Training.

    The GLBTQ Information Session is designed to inform and educate participants about the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning communities by utilizing information presentation, discussion, small group exercises, and experiential activities.

    After participating, you will be able to:

    • Understand how personal and community beliefs about suicide affect suicide stigma and safety.
    • Appreciate how the steps taught in safeTALK can be used to help prevent suicide.
    • Learn ways to help protect, preserve and promote life in a suicide-safer community.

    This workshop is sponsored by a grant from the Office of Suicide Prevention.

    Your online registration will serve as your RSVP.  If you have questions, contact Heather Trish at heathert@jcmh.org or 303-432-5265.



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