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.

Bridging the Divide 2016


Please join us for the 2016 Bridging the Divide (BtD) Suicide Awareness and Prevention Summit to be held on May 5-6, 2016 at the Regis University Lowell Campus in Denver. The theme this year is "Pathways to Resiliency, Strength and Recovery." Online registration is CLOSED, but you may register on site on Thursday, May 5 at the registration/check-in desk at Regis University (Claver Hall, Ticket Counter) starting at 12 noon.

Patterns of Suicide and How Using Protective Factors May Help with Prevention

Up on the High Wire: Upstream Mental Resiliency as a Form of Suicide Prevention

Social Justice and Suicide Prevention: Lessons Learned from Research with Indigenous People
Alex Crosby, MD, MPH. Branch Chief of the Surveillance Branch of the Division of Violence Prevention (DVP) in the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Sally Spencer-Thomas, CEO and Co-Founder, Carson J Spencer Foundation and Board Chair,                               Suicide Prevention Coalition of Colorado Michael Kral, Associate Professor, School of Social Work, Wayne State University

This year the conference will examine promising evidence-based practices that decrease the likelihood that suicide will occur, assist those who struggle with suicidal thinking, and help survivors of suicide loss regain their equilibrium following a loved one’s suicide attempt or death.

Continuing Education Credits
This program is approved for 3 hours of continuing education. The University of Denver, Graduate School of Professional Psychology (GSPP) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. GSPP maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

In order to receive the CE credits, you must do the following:

  1. Attend each keynote session. You must check in with the registration desk (next to the keynote session room) immediately prior to the session beginning.
  2. You will be handed an evaluation form when you check in at the registration desk that must be completed and returned to the registration desk immediately following the conclusion of each keynote session.
  3. You must register and pay the $30 CE fee on the online registration form. Please click here to register and pay for this option via the online form.
NOTE: If you want less than the full 3 CE credits offered for all keynote sessions, you will still need to pay the $30 CE fee to receive any CE credits for keynote sessions.

SPCC Meeting and Events

April Meeting

Losing a Client to Suicide: A Therapist’s Perspective

Eagle, Colorado. April 13, 2016.  Please join the Suicide Prevention Coalition of Colorado and SpeakUp ReachOut, the suicide prevention coalition of Eagle County, as local clinical psychologist, Dr. Jill Squyres, shares her personal story as a psychotherapist who lost a client to suicide.  Therapists’ feelings about clients who take their lives often include sorrow, anxiety, guilt, anger and shame. Because of confidentiality requirements and liability concerns, a mental health professional’s ability to talk about the loss and get emotional support may be limited. Coping with the suicide of a client is difficult both personally and professionally, however, like most life-changing events, it can teach valuable lessons we can all benefit from.

The presentation will be held April 13th at 9:30am-10:30am in the Garden Level Conference Room, Eagle County Building  (500 Broadway), Eagle, Colorado 81361.

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

Goals of the presentation include:

  • Helping people who are not mental health professionals understand the deep impact of client suicide on psychotherapists.
  • Explaining the complicated feelings experienced by clinician survivors of client suicide.
  • Describing the coping strategies that can help all survivors deal with the trauma of losing someone they care about to suicide.
  • A psychotherapist’s story of healing and growth after the loss of a client can be inspiring to all those affected by the suicide.


About the presenter:
Jill Squyres, PhD: Dr. Jill Squyres is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Eagle Colorado. She earned her BA in Psychology from The University of Rochester and she received her MA and PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Southern California. Dr. Squyres is a nationally respected psychotherapist and writer. She’s taught at multiple universities and medical schools. She’s published numerous papers, articles and book chapters and is a talented presenter and speaker. Dr. Squyres has appeared on news programs and radio shows and has been interviewed for many newspaper and magazine articles.

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

May Meeting

SPCC does not have a May educational session schedule.  Please consider attending the Bridging the Divide Suicide Prevention Summit on May 4-6 instead.  For more details or to register, click here.


Our February 22 event at Beau Jo's was a great success. 33 friends of SPCC (both new and old) attended, and we raised $2,022 net income to help in suicide prevention efforts across the state.

HUGE thank yous go out to:

  • Sarah Brummett for organizing the silent auction and to her mother for creating such beautiful jewelry.
  • Brenda Gierczak for running check in and check out
  • Bill Porter for recruiting great new friends and securing a number of large donations.

This event was graciously sponsored by:

Julie Reichenberger, MA, LLC

Sheri Smith and the Indigo Project

Lindsay Gaskins and graduates of Brighton High School


Please join us for the 2016 Bridging the Divide (BtD) Suicide Awareness and Prevention Summit to be held on May 4-6, 2016 at the Regis University Lowell Campus in Denver. The theme this year is "Pathways to Resiliency, Strength and Recovery."


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