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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SPCC is excited to announce that the 2017 Bridging the Divide (BtD) Suicide Awareness and Prevention Summit will be held May 11-12, 2017, at the Regis University Lowell Campus.

This year's theme is “Join the Movement: Aspiring Toward Zero Suicide in Colorado,” and the BtD Planning Committee has been hard at work to make sure you have an educational and thought provoking experience. 

The BtD Planning Committee is seeking presentations to round out the educational offerings at the Summit.  We are eager to learn how you are working in your profession to aspire toward zero suicide in Colorado.  We know it takes everyone to stop suicide.  Please take advantage of this opportunity to share your expertise so that everyone may benefit from your experience.

The Call for Presentations will be open on December 1. Submissions are due on February 1, and speakers will be notified by February 17. Registration for the 2017 BtD Summit will also open on February17th. 

We look forward to hearing from all of you!

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

SPCC Meetings & Events

    • 14 Dec 2016
    • 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • 1385 South Colorado Boulevard, Building A, 6th Floor Conference Room, Denver, CO 80222

    Join SPCC for our December Educational Session and Coalition Meeting, Wednesday, December 14, 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. at 1385 South Colorado Boulevard, Building A, 6th Floor Conference Room, Denver, CO 80222.

    The majority of people who die by suicide are of working age, yet very little has been done to target this population. This expert panel will make the business and humanitarian case for a comprehensive workplace suicide prevention plan: identifying employees at risk; providing quality and accessible mental health care, delivering appropriate crisis response, restricting lethal means, bolstering belongingness, providing education and training, and more. The session is hosted by the Carson J Spencer Foundation, Colorado’s leader in workplace suicide prevention. More here: www.WorkingMinds.org

    Learning Objectives:

    Participants will be able to:

    1)     Articulate why our workplaces are appropriate venues for suicide prevention.

    2)     Describe the functions work plays in suicide prevention, intervention and postvention.

    3)     Acknowledge the unique role that workplaces play in our systemic safety net.

    4)     Identify some strategies to overcome barriers in making suicide prevention a health and safety priority at work.

    5)     Develop ideas and an implementation plan for expanding suicide prevention efforts.

    About the Presenters:

    Employee Assistance Professionals Perspective: Whitney Stone, LPC, CEAP is the current president of the Colorado chapter of EAPA, the Employee Assistance Professionals’ Association. She has worked as an EAP clinical supervisor, management consultant, CISM facilitator, EAP counselor, and private practice therapist, and currently works as an EAP and Behavioral Health Consultant with Anthem, Inc.  Whitney has presented to employee and professional groups around the country on a range of mental health, employee assistance, and workplace wellness topics, and has published work in the Journal of Employee Assistance.  Whitney holds an M.A. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Denver.

    Legal Perspective: Judge (Ret.) Mary McClatchey, Founder and President of WorkSmart Partners, has three decades of experience as a judge, employment and civil rights attorney, workplace mediator, trainer and organizational consultant. WorkSmart Partners is a workplace training and consulting company focusing on human resources, employer compliance, and work/life balance. Prior to launching her business, Judge McClatchey was a Senior Administrative Law Judge for the Colorado State Personnel Board, where she adjudicated and mediated federal and state employment and civil rights claims for 15 years. Before that she was General Counsel for the Colorado Civil Rights Commission and the State Personnel Board, and a litigator, in the Colorado Attorney General’s Office. 

    Workplace Wellness Perspective: Nicole Martinez is the Wellness Coach at RK, a construction contractor based in Denver that has taken a lead on implementing suicide prevention strategies into overall health and safety in the company. RK recently won the “Corporate Shooting Star” Award for their efforts in championing suicide prevention, not only in their company, but nationally through their support of the development of the “Construction Industry Blueprint for Suicide Prevention” and the new Construction Working Minds program (both accessible here: www.ConstructionWorkingMinds.org). 

    This event is free and open to the public.

    For those who can not attend in person, you are invited to use the optional dial in number: 888-644-5563 No PIN needed.

    Email us at info@suicidepreventioncolorado.org with questions.

    • 12 Jan 2017
    • 7:00 PM
    • Pepsi Center, 1000 Chopper Cir, Denver, CO 80204

    • 24 Mar 2017
    • Jefferson Center for Mental Health, Independence Office, 4851 Independence St., Wheat Ridge, CO in the Clear Creek Conference Room


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