Suicide Prevention Coalition of Colorado

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About 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. 

SPCC works with its network of organizations and individuals to ensure everyone in Colorado has access to the best resources, educational opportunities and advocacy efforts. 

MISSION: The mission of the SPCC is to reduce suicide and its impact for all Coloradans through advocacy, collaboration and education.


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.

Email to get put on the SPCC advocacy email list, and stay up-to-date on issues involving suicide prevention and mental health policy.

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:

  • Leadership
  • Training
  • Identification and Assessment
  • Patient Engagement
  • Treatment
  • Transition
  • Quality Improvement 
Click here to download the Fact Sheet for this bill or the text of the entire bill.

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.

This is the second bill in three years which SPCC has been instrumental in passing. Thanks to all of you who have responded to Action Alerts and urged Legislators to support SB088. Successful advocacy reflects a team effort.

Thanks also to Sen. Linda Newell, the primary sponsor of this bill, and to Rep. Tracy Kraft-Tharp, the House sponsor.

SB088 creates a Suicide Prevention Commission whose members will represent both the public and
private sectors.  Members will have some kind of expertise or experience regarding suicide and suicide prevention including persons who can bring a fresh perspective to this issue. The Commission will play a leadership role and be advisory to the Office of Suicide Prevention (OSP); it will set priorities and establish working subgroups to implement these priorities.  The following is the link to this bill:$FILE/088_01.pdf

Why this bill is important: The Commission will create a forum to generate recommendations regarding improvements and innovations in policies and programs to be presented to the OSP, the Governor's Office, and the General Assembly. It will promote cooperation and coordination among suicide prevention efforts across the state, and will hopefully increase resources available for suicide prevention efforts. SPCC will be represented on this Commission.

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 Webinar

SPCC 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:

  • Learn about the legislative process
  • Become an effective grassroots advocate
  • Understand how to use a Legislative Alert
  • Review SPCC's two legislative priorities for 2014


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.

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Our 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.

For information about our next event, either visit our events page, or follow us on Facebook

The following are some of the past educational sessions:
  • Bullying Prevention
  1. Smita Varia slides: Bullying & Suicide Prevention Part 1
  2. Bill Porter slides:    Bullying & Suicide Prevention Part 2
  • Working Minds for Youth
  • Suicide Prevention on Colorado's College Campuses
  • Colorado Lifeline
  • Suicide Prevention in Denver Public Schools
  • Men and Suicide
  • Suicide Among Military Personnel and Veterans
  • Suicide and Self Injury
  • Grief Support for Children
  • Suicidal Ideation in Ipods
  • Certification for Involuntary Hospitalization
  • Suicide Prevention Advocates in the ER
  • Suicide and Spirituality

For more information, or call 
(720) 383-SPCC (7722).


P.O. Box 17614

Boulder, CO 80308

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