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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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Latest News / Commentary


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).

SPCC Meetings & Events

    • 11 Sep 2017
    • 11 Aug 2025
    • 96 sessions
    • First United Methodist Church | 824 Cooper Street, Glenwood Springs, Colorado 81601

    Heartbeat of Glenwood Springs Support Group

    Support group for suicide loss survivors hosted by Pam Szedelyi

    The support group is free and open to the public

    Location: The First United Methodist Church at 824 Cooper Street, Glenwood Springs, CO 81601

    Time:  6:30pm - 8:30pm

    This is a support group to help survivors of suicide loss express themselves, be heard, and hear the tales and advice of other survivors.

    This event is open to all.

    For further information, visit this website, email Pam Szedelyi at pamsz@sopris.net, or call 970-945-1398.

    • 18 Sep 2017
    • 20 Aug 2018
    • 12 sessions
    • Littler Prevention Campus | 2350 3rd Street Road, Greeley, Colorado 80631

    Support group for suicide loss survivors. This group is open, which means that new members may join at any time.

    Who should attend: Anyone who has experienced a loss to suicide.

    Event cost: Free.

    • 19 Sep 2017
    • 21 Aug 2018
    • 12 sessions
    • Pathways Hospice | 305 Carpenter Road, Fort Collins, Colorado 80525

    Event host: Alliance for Suicide Prevention

    Event description: People who are struggling with grief from the passing of a loved one by suicide and are in need of comfort, support, and acknowledgement that life is worth living afterwards are invited to join this monthly group. The focus of this support group is on inner healing, personal growth, techniques and tools to go beyond survival into a thriving life when one is ready.

    Who should attend: People who have lost loved ones to suicide.

    Event cost: Free.

    • 19 Sep 2017
    • 20 Aug 2018
    • 12 sessions
    • Bethany Lutheran Church | 4500 East Hampden Avenue, Denver, Colorado 80246

    Parents Surviving Suicide Support Group

    Support group on September 19th for parents who are the survivors of suicide

    The group is free and open to the public

    Location: Bethany Lutheran Church | 4500 East Hampden Avenue, Denver, Colorado 80246

    Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm

    This event is a monthly support group for suicide loss survivors. This group is open, meaning that new members can join at any time.

    This event is open to all.

    For more information, contact Vivian Epstein at vsepublisher@earthlink.net or 303-322-7450.

    • 08 Nov 2017
    • 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • The Penrose House at 1661 Mesa Ave., Colorado Springs, CO 80906

    Fort Carson Military Suicide Prevention: Approach, Challenges, and Trends. One Soldier's Story.

    SPCC Education Session and Coalition Meeting

    Wednesday, November 8th, 2017


    The Presentation is free and open to the public

    Location:  The Penrose House at 1661 Mesa Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO 80906

    Time9:30 -10:30 am (followed by regularly scheduled SPCC Coalition Meeting 10:30-11:30am, also open to all interested in SPCC)

    Discussion: The nightly news has no shortage of hot topics to discuss on a daily basis. The focus of suicide, specifically in the military, is often one of these. Military life is unique and brings new opportunities while creating new challenges. All too often, these challenges do not translate well between life in and life out of the military. Communication barriers/understanding, perceived impacts, and social implications can often be felt with a larger weight while serving. The need for prevention and early intervention support from military and non-military agencies/providers is key to success in reducing today's current rates of self-harm behaviors and actions.

    Speaker: 

    LTC Kevin G Bolke
    Division Chief of Assessments
    4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, CO

    LTC Bolke has over 22 years of service in the U.S. Army, serving for 13 years as an Armor Officer, Platoon Leader, Company Executive Officer, Senior Staff Officer, and Company Commander.

    Experienced overseas, LTC Bolke has been deployed to Kosovo as a Multi-National Brigade East Deputy G-4 and Assistant Operations Officer 1-77 AR as well as to Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom II as an Armor Company Commander.

    He has transitioned to Operations Research where he is currently serving as the Senior Operations Research Systems Analyst (ORSA) for the 4th Infantry Division at Fort Carson. He has executed studies on Future Combat Systems (FCS), Ground Combat Vehicles (GCV), cell phone tower augmentation in Afghanistan, and manpower analysis. Most recently, he has spent the past three years working with multiple agencies across Fort Carson to identify trends and gather data on high risk behavior areas, such as self-harm, DUIs, domestic violence, and sexual assault.

    This event is open to all.

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

    Alternatively, you can join us by going to http://uberconference.com/spccolorado.

    For further information, contact the SPCC Education Committee Chair at info@suicidepreventioncolorado.org or 720-934-2387.

    • 08 Nov 2017
    • 7:00 PM
    • Community United Church of Christ, 2650 Table Mesa Dr., Boulder

    SAVE THE DATE

    HOPE Lights the Night

    The Ninth Annual Candlelight Gathering to Remember Those Lost to Us by Suicide
    and to Honor the Bereaved and All Touched by Suicide

     Wednesday, November 8th, 2017 at 7 p.m.
    This Non-Denominational Event is held at
    Community United Church of Christ, 2650 Table Mesa Dr., Boulder

    This free program includes music, responsive readings, a symbolic lighting of candles, and brief
    comments about how suicide affects us all.

    Information about mental health, suicide, and local resources will be available.

    Program is organized by the HOPE Coalition and sponsored by many community partners.

    For further information, contact Susan Marine swdkm321@comcast.net


    • 18 Nov 2017
    • 7 Locations Throughout Colorado

    Survivor Day is the one day a year when people affected by suicide loss gather around the world at events in their local communities to find comfort and gain understanding as they share stories of healing and hope. Discover more about Survivor Day.

UPCOMING EVENTS

ADDRESS

P.O. Box 17614

Boulder, CO 80308

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