New Report Released on Excessive Alcohol Use and Suicide in Colorado
Excessive alcohol use is a risk factor for many harmful health conditions in our communities, such as injuries, violence, including suicide, and mental health problems, such as depression or anxiety. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) released a new data report detailing how excessive alcohol use connects with suicide in Colorado. It is important to note that many factors contribute to suicide, such as substance use, depression, and intimate partner problems. Suicide prevention requires a comprehensive approach to adequately address multiple risk factors. However, it is clear that reducing excessive drinking could also reduce suicide deaths in Colorado.
The new CDPHE Health Watch report summarizes Blood Alcohol Concentrations (BAC) among suicide decedents between 2011-2015. Key findings include that almost 1 in 3 suicide decendents (29.3%) had a BAC ≥ 0.08 g/dL at the time of death. Among those who had a a BAC ≥ 0.08 g/dL, almost 2 in 3 (61.4%) had a problem with alcohol, and more than half were depressed (56.8%), used a firearm as a method of suicide (53.1%), and were having intimate partner problems (50.6%). When compared to suicide decedents with a a BAC < 0.08 g/dL, suicide decedents with a BAC ≥ 0.08 g/dL were more likely to be male, working age adults (ages 21-54) and Hispanic or American Indian/Alaskan Native.
To view the report, please visit this link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1W9wW49RJ84trGacpGq3Cz2ovLzyoumR-/view.
For more information on how to prevent excessive alcohol use, please visit: https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/alcohol.
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Question. Persuade. Refer.
Learn How to Help Save the Life of a...
Child ● Student ● Friend ● Co-worker ● Family Member
If someone you know was considering suicide, would you recognize the warning signs and know how to help? Colorado is consistently ranked as one of the top ten states for suicide rates. Learn what you can do to help when someone is in suicide crisis, and gain the confidence to take action and save a life.
September is National Suicide Prevention Month- a time to join together to promote suicide prevention awareness. As a part of our suicide prevention efforts, during September, we will be offering FREE QPR community trainings.
Please find the attached flyer for upcoming FREE QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) trainings held at Jefferson Center, 4851 Independence Street in Wheat Ridge, CO on the following dates:
- Friday, September 14th from 8:30-10am; Clear Creek Conference Room
- Tuesday, September 25th from 9-10:30am; Coal Creek Conference Room
These trainings are coordinated by Jefferson Center and supported by a Garrett Lee Smith Suicide Prevention grant, funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to support suicide prevention work.
QPR is a 90 minute gatekeeper training that can be customized to fit your audience. QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer — 3 simple steps that anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. Just as people trained in CPR help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help. Those who attend will learn to:
- Recognize the warning signs of suicide
- Know how to offer hope
- Know how to get help and save a life
This training is open to any community members working with youth, ages 10-24, in Jefferson County. Please feel free to share this informational flyer with anyone who might benefit from this training or be interested in attending. Seating is limited.
RSVP: September 14th https://qpr14sept830am.
September 25th https://qpr25sept900am.
Questions? Contact Heather Trish at email@example.com or 303-432-5265.
Tuesday, September 11, 2018
The Office of Suicide Prevention's Comprehensive Suicide Prevention for Public Schools and Districts RFA has posted! The funding covers suicide prevention trainings, policy development, and school climate initiatives. Please share with your networks.
Background: The OSP is pleased to announce the availability of funds, through Senate Bill 18-272, to enhance comprehensive suicide prevention and crisis response for public schools and school districts. The purpose of this legislation is to provide funding for public schools and school districts to implement comprehensive crisis and suicide prevention strategies, with priority given to public
schools or school districts who have not received suicide prevention training previously. In order
to ensure a comprehensive suicide prevention approach, this funding announcement allows
public school or school district applicants to identify training, school climate, and policy
strategies to implement over a three year period.
Grant Request Amount per Year: $5,000-$20,000 for individual schools,
$5,000-$35,000 for school districts.
Application and to Learn more: https://www.colorado.gov
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