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.
Advocacy is one of the core parts of SPCC's mission. As a single voice of hundreds of individuals and dozens of organizations across Colorado, SPCC is able to effect change among policymakers and ensure that suicide prevention and mental health stay on the legislative agenda.
Advocacy Action Alert
The Suicide Prevention Coalition of Colorado is supporting a bill called the Zero Suicide Model.
What this bill would do: The Zero Suicide Model (ZS) is based on the premise that suicide is most often preventable for those persons in care of the health/mental health system. We do not expect to eliminate suicide, but to significantly decrease the number of suicidal persons who "fall through the cracks." The Office of Suicide Prevention (OSP) in CDPHE will work with OBH, DORA, and HCPF to better use existing data to understand suicide and how it can be prevented; these data will also serve as a basis for evaluating the effectiveness of ZS. A range of health/behavioral health systems will be encouraged to adopt the 7 tenants of ZS:
Advocacy in Action -- SB088
On May 7th, 2014, the last day of the 2014 Legislative Session, SB14-088 was passed. SB088 will create a Suicide Prevention Commission, forming a public/private partnership to study the problem of suicide in Colorado and to create evidence-based priorities.
SPCC Advocacy Toolkit
The SPCC Handbook for Community Advocacy helps make advocating for suicide prevention easy. Please use it and share it with your colleagues and peers.
SPPC Advocacy WebinarSPCC and Advocacy at the Capitol in 2014: Learn about current legislative initiatives that are important to the suicide prevention community and how to be effective as a citizen lobbyist.
There was a webinar that addressed these topics on Friday, January 24th, 2015 at 2 pm. In case you missed the WebEx webinar meeting or want to hear it again, you have two options below:
Streaming Recorded Link
Recording File Link for Download
We have also attached copies of the following:
Has suicide loss affected you? Have you or someone close to you ever experienced suicidal thoughts or behaviors? Are you an ally in the fight to bring suicide in Colorado down to ZERO? Does your organization support the cause of suicide prevention?
If so, we need your voice now more than ever to join ours and help us provide much-needed support to everyone working to prevent suicide all across our state.
SPCC is working hard to save lives by educating, advocating and collaborating across Colorado to improve the training and resources we need to better reach the 478,000 Coloradoans currently living with overwhelming life changes, challenging mental health conditions and substance abuse issues before another suicide tragedy occurs.
We are a growing army of voices in Colorado, fighting for legislative change, and individuals like yourself are critical to the success of that effort.
Individual Membership starts at only $15 per year.
All members receive:
A monthly newsletter of information about how you can get involved.
Access to our quarterly educational session and coalition meeting.
Access to the private SPCC Facebook group.
Discounts to our events including our annual conference “Bridging the Divide: Suicide Awareness and Prevention Summit.”
Inclusion on our SPCC Trainer Referral List, if you are a trainer in a Suicide Prevention Model
Advocacy alerts on pending legislation related to suicide prevention.
Members at the organizational levels also have the opportunity to promote their events and resources to SPCC audiences.
EducationOur monthly educational sessions are free and open to the public. Educational sessions are held at 9:30 a.m. on the second Wednesday of each month. You are welcome to either join us in person or call in to 1- 888-644-5563, no PIN needed.
The following are some of the past educational sessions:
For more information, firstname.lastname@example.org or call
(720) 383-SPCC (7722).
Our speakers are available to come to your business, nonprofit, school, faith-based organization or other places to educate about suicide prevention, mental health and other topics. We do our best to match our speakers' expertise to your needs.