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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                  No One Should Die in Isolation and Despair

Suicide Prevention Advocates Play Major Role in Passing New Legislation for “Zero Suicide Bill” in Colorado

Denver, Colorado. June 8, 2016. Today Colorado led the nation as the first state to legislate a bold, inspirational goal: zero suicide in healthcare. Governor John Hickenlooper, surrounded by key suicide prevention advocates, signed Senate Bill 147, making Colorado’s healthcare system committed to a leadership philosophy and a proven standards of care that have been shown to decrease suicide (learn more here: www.ZeroSuicide.org). The bill passed in large part due to the effort of a statewide advocacy effort spearheaded by the Suicide Prevention Coalition of Colorado. Through grassroots efforts among people bereaved by suicide, suicide attempt survivors, prevention advocates, researchers, and clinicians, the passion of the SPCC membership was heard, “Not another life to lose.”

“Senate Bill 147 provides the Office of Suicide Prevention and the Suicide Prevention Commission the opportunity to better partner with health and behavioral health systems across Colorado. Having the support and encouragement of the Colorado Legislature will open doors and emphasize the importance of integrating suicide prevention strategies into health care systems. This integration will help reduce the high burden of suicide in the state and make Colorado a leader in addressing the problem of suicide,” said Jarrod Hindman, Violence and Suicide Prevention Section Manager at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

“I am ecstatic that we finally have our Suicide Prevention through the Zero Suicide model bill! I am so proud to be a part of the suicide prevention community that has made this a reality,” said Senator Linda Newell (D-26), primary sponsor of Senate Bill 147, member of the Suicide Prevention Commission, and co- sponsor in the House with Rep. Brittany Pettersen (D-33).

“This is the third suicide prevention bill passed since 2012. SB 147 should have the greatest impact on decreasing Colorado’s very high rate of suicide - in 2014, with 1,058 deaths, the state ranked 7th in the nation,” said Susan Marine, Advocacy Chair for the Suicide Prevention Coalition of Colorado and mother of two children who died by suicide.

“This is what the power of the Suicide Prevention Coalition of Colorado can do,” said Sally Spencer-Thomas, Board Chair of SPCC, and survivor of her brother Carson’s suicide. “When we get our state’s advocates organized and channel our energy around a solution, we are unstoppable. No one should die in isolation and despair. I am so very glad our state’s legislative leaders have heard our plea.”

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

SPCC Meeting and Events

July Meeting

Lethal Means and Suicide among Veterans: Intervening by Safety Planning and Focusing on Firearm Safety
SPCC Education Session, Wednesday July 13, 2016

The Presentation is free and open to the public


Location: Carson J Spencer Foundation – Empire Park Building, 6th Floor, 1385 South, Denver, Colorado

Time:  9:30 -10:30 am (followed by regularly scheduled SPCC Member Meeting 10:30-11:30, also open to all interested in SPCC)

Contact:  SPCC Education Committee Chair, info@suicidepreventioncolorado.org

Call in information: 712-775-7031, meeting # 335026

Additional information: Click here to download additional information about the meeting.

Evidence shows an increased risk for suicide among those with access to and familiarity with lethal means like firearms. This presentation will review the reasons for this relationship while focusing on Veterans and those living in rural communities. Intervening with this risk by using the Veterans Affairs’ (VA) safety planning process with an emphasis on firearm safety will be introduced and discussed. Specifically, this educational session will help answer these questions:

  • How is method for suicide tied to location and culture?
  • What is the relationship between people who live in rural and remote areas, firearms, and suicide risk?
  • What are the components of safety planning and how is means safety incorporated in safety planning?
  • How can I talk about firearm safety with a Veteran?

 About the Presenter:

Melodi Billera, LCSW: Clinical/Research Social Worker at the Rocky Mountain MIRECC for Suicide Prevention in the Department of Veterans Affairs.  She has been with the VA since 2010 and has worked as a clinician, researcher, and educator in suicide prevention since 2012.  She also teaches courses on research and interventions for trauma at the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Social Work. 

Educational sessions are free and open to the public. For more information email info@suicidepreventioncolorado.org.

Business Meeting Agenda: (10:30-11:30)

·       Honoring Sue Klebold

·        National Suicide Prevention Week/World Suicide Prevention Day – state calendar and communication plan (theme – Connect, Communicate, Care)

·        Committee reports

o   Advocacy

§  Outcome of Mental Health Providers’ Survey

o   Education

§  Bridging the Divide – when? Where?

§  Monthly speaking topics/places – put together calendar

o   Elevating the Conversation

·        Fund-Development

·        Membership

·        Communication Task Force

o   Technology update

o   Social media plan

·        August Educational Session announcement

·        Member announcements (events, fund-raisers, trainings, milestones)

Bridging the Divide 2016


The 2016 Bridging the Divide (BtD) Suicide Awareness and Prevention Summit was held on May 5-6, 2016 was held at the Regis University Lowell Campus in Denver. The theme this year was "Pathways to Resiliency, Strength and Recovery," and more than 150 citizen advocates, educators, medical and mental health professionals, and suicide prevention advocates, gathered for 1.5 days of programming including keynote speakers, Dr. Alex Crosby (CDC), Dr. Sally Spencer-Thomas (Carson J Spencer Foundation), and Dr. Michael Kral (Wayne State University). Learn more here:



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