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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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The Importance of Adding Suicide Prevention to Measures Combatting the Opioid Crisis

In late October, President Trump declared the opioid crisis a national emergency, stating that 64,000 deaths in 2016 were directly related to opioid abuse.

While many people understand the importance of this issue, they may only think of accidental overdoses. This idea is understandable, given the notoriety of many people who have succumbed to addiction over the years, but suicide by overdose has long been forgotten about as having a significant role in that ever-increasing number of opioid related deaths.

During the past several decades, mental health professionals have been stressing the importance of discussing suicide prevention as a means to reduce lethal overdoses and it has recently appeared to seep into the pubic consciousness, with the CDC recommending further measures to determine whether or not an overdose was accidental or intentional. 

For further information on this epidemic, read the recent article in Time here and this blog on the National Institute of Health website regarding the harmful effects of stigmatization.

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).

If you know someone who may be in need of substance abuse treatment, you can call the SAMHSA help line at 1(800)622-HELP (4357) or locate a treatment center on their website.


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