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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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Suicide-Prevention Experts Respond to the Las Vegas Mass Shooting Murder-Suicide

Colleen Creighton, Executive Director of the American Association of Suicidology (AAS) says, "It is important for the public to understand the role that suicide plays in mass shooting and other murder-suicides. Our nation's best experts tell us that in the case of murder-suicides, suicide is the primary driving motive. A better understanding of the causes of suicide can lead to better prevention in the case of mass violence."

Experts on the phenomenon of murder-suicide from AAS highlight the following points:
1. Research suggests that individuals who perpetrate murder-suicides are often primarily driven by thoughts of suicide.
2. Easy access to firearms may be the difference between having thoughts of murder-suicide versus acting on those thoughts.
3. The vast majority of people who are suicidal do not perpetrate mass murder. Murder-suicides, while alarming, are very rare events that deserve further study and consideration. Suicide, as well as mass shootings and cases of mass violence, are often the result of multiple factors and cannot be well explained by simplistic motivations. Attempting to attribute such motivations to a person's act of mass murder can trivialize the tragedy and increase the discrimination surrounding mental health.

AAS Experts available to talk to the media:
Dr. Michael Anestis - (601)818-2821 - michael.anestis@usm.edu
Dr. Thomas Joiner - (850)644-1454 - joiner@psy.fsu.edu
Dr. Craig Bryan - (801)587-7978 - ncvs@utah.edu

For the media: We urge members of the media to share suicide prevention resources in all of their reports. Responsible reporting on suicide and the inclusion of stories of hope and resilience can prevent more suicides. You can find more information on safe messaging around suicide here.

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).



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