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

August Meeting

The Relationship between Addiction and Suicide

 SPCC Education Session, Wednesday August 10, 2016

The Presentation is free and open to the public

Location:  Apex 5510 Lounge(by the pool) @ 5510 Spine Rd Boulder, Co 80301;  parking available on Spine Road and Odell Place. 

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

Suicide is the primary cause of preventable death in the United States.  Next to depression and mood disorders, alcohol/drug abuse is the 2nd most significant risk factor for suicide.  This presentation will explore the relationship between substance use disorders and suicide, addressing the potential causes of this relationship and reviewing and interpreting recent research.  By understanding why these two phenomena are related, we can begin to understand how to intervene and provide support for those who are struggling, as well as their families.

About the Presenter: Annie Peters, PhD, LP, is the Chief Clinical Officer (CCO) of Harmony Foundation, Inc., Colorados longest running residential addiction treatment center. As CCO, Dr. Peters directs the delivery of all clinical services, including admissions, addiction counseling, mental health services, medical care, and clinical case management.

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


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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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