Suicide Prevention Coalition of Colorado

If you or someone you know 
needs help now,

Bridging the Divide 2019

Bridging the Divide 2019

Enhancing Community Impact and Engagement in Suicide Prevention

September 27, 2019 8am-4pm


Venue: Drake Centre 802 W. Drake St.  Fort Collins, CO 80526

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The 2019 conference will be a full day conference.

The 2019 Bridging the Divide: Suicide Awareness and Prevention Summit on Sept 27, 2019 in Ft. Collins, CO
will explore the theme "Enhancing Community Impact and Engagement in Suicide Prevention." 

Keynote Speakers

Bart Andrews, Ph.D.

Vice President-Clinical Practice/Evaluation
Behavioral Health Response

The Water We Swim In: How Individuals and Communities can Turn the Tide in Suicide Prevention

We have been sold a false bill of goods, but are you truly ready to have the myth exposed? How many times have you heard that 90% of persons who die from suicide suffered from a mental illness or that depression is killing people?  Have you ever stopped to wonder why the overwhelming majority of people who are fighting mental illness don't attempt suicide let alone die from it?  The medical and psychopathological model of suicide behavior has been adopted with little resistance. There are many challenges with these models; first and foremost, it has alienated the role of the community in preventing suicide and erased the impact of the socio-cultural determinants of our suicide crisis.  What if I told you our environment and culture had more to do with suicide than any individual psychological or genetic variable?  What if I told you that this is good news; that we all have a role to play in suicide prevention and that there are things we can all do to not just prevent suicide but make life worth living for those who are struggling to stay alive? Let's talk about how our communities can become more resilient and how each of us can play a role in fighting suicide.

Master Sergeant Christopher Jachimiec

Founder of Military and Veteran Survivors of Loved Ones

These Things We Do…That Others May Live:  An Exploration of Bereavement and a Military Career
What happens when a warrior feels like they can no longer fight after losing those who are the closest to them?  Master Sergeant Christopher Jachimiec shares a lived experience of struggle, success, trauma, resilience and hope over a twenty-year military career.  He discusses how his childhood prepared him for the challenges of warfare, abroad and at home.  Chris shares the struggle of losing his brother, Lance Corporal Adam Jachimiec, other family members, and battle buddies to suicide and how he has taken this bereavement and transformed it into action so that others may live.  He gives key insights on how communities can form protective factors for military members, veterans and their families.






  Highland Behavioral Health System


Rocky Mountain MIRECC For Suicide Prevention 






P.O. Box 17614

Boulder, CO 80308

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