Tuesday, September 18, 2018

New Report: Excessive Alcohol Use and Suicide in CO

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.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Family Leadership Training Institute Recruiting New Members!

Stand Up. Speak Out. Create Change.


Excitement is building as the Family Leadership Training Institute of Boulder County, Aurora, and Montbello are actively recruiting for their 2019 classes! In late September, these three communities will begin the 20-week process that is equal parts self-exploration, skill development, community building, and motivational coaching. 

Develop new leadership skills and learn more about the civic process to create positive change for children and families. Apply Today! 

More information about Fall classes is listed below. Additional FLTI sites will be starting in January, 2019.
FLTI of Aurora
Sponsored by: Aurora Community Connection
Classes located at: 9801 E. Colfax Ave, Ste. 200
Aurora, CO 80010
Offered in: Monolingual Spanish
Contact: Aliria Bello or Teresa Torres

FLTI of Boulder County
Sponsored by: Sister Carmen Community Center
Classes located at: 655 Aspen Ridge Drive
Lafayette, CO 80026
Offered in: English
Contact: Julie Piller or Zoya Elhassan

FLTI of Montbello
Sponsored by: Families Forward Resource Center
Classes located at: Moorhead Recreational Center
15151 E. Alameda Parkway
Aurora, CO 80012
Offered in: English
Contact: Veronica Armas




Friday, September 14, 2018

WEBINAR Multigenerational Approaches to Framing Mental Health 9.18.18

Multigenerational Approaches to Framing Mental Health
The Shared Message Bank Action Team invites network members to participate in a 90-minute Lunch & Learn leveraging FrameWorks Institute research to shift conversations around mental health across the lifespan. Grab your lunch and log on!

Tuesday, September 18 from 12:00-1:30 PM

Presenters:
Patty Boyd, Tri-County Health Department
Hanna Nichols, The Civic Canopy
Register for the Lunch & Learn
This Lunch & Learn will support you to:
BUILD UNDERSTANDING
and reduce stigma with more productive values and narratives.
FOCUS ON SOLUTIONS
and include cast a wide net on who plays a role in offering help.
WIDEN THE LENS
on your stories and communications about mental health.
GAIN ACCESS TO TOOLS
to help reframe mental health for children, families, and communities.
Learn more about the ECCP and the Shared Message Bank

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

FREE QPR Trainings!

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. 

           September 25th https://qpr25sept900am.eventbrite.com


Questions? Contact Heather Trish at heathert@jcmh.org or 303-432-5265.

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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

FUNDING Comprehensive Suicide Prevention for Public Schools and Districts

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.


DEADLINE: October 19, 2018

Monday, September 10, 2018

It's National Suicide Prevention Week!

It’s National Suicide Prevention Week, and our theme is The Power of Connection. Although there is no single cause of suicide, one of the risks for suicide is social isolation, and there’s scientific evidence for reducing suicide risk by making sure we connect with one another. We can all play a role through the power of connection by having real conversations about mental health with people in everyday moments – whether it’s with those closest to us, or the coffee barista, parking lot attendant, or the grocery store clerk.

It’s also about the connection we each have to the cause, whether you’re a teacher, a physician, a mother, a neighbor, a veteran, or a suicide loss survivor or attempt survivor. We don’t always know who is struggling, but we do know that one conversation could save a life.

Visit 2018 National Suicide Prevention Week to find ways to get involved in the cause and other planned activities for the month of September.

We’ve also just launched a Sharing Your Story webpage. Here you’ll find guidance on safely sharing your own personal stories of connection. On this page, you will also learn more about how to share your stories through our partnership with our friends at The Mighty! You can connect to our community by sharing your stories and reading others using the new hashtag #Stories2Connect.

Thank you for joining us in our mission to save lives and bring hope to those connected to the cause.
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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

EVENT Light the Way Gala - Building Brighter Childhoods

Light the Way Gala 2018
Building Brighter Childhoods through education, advocacy, and family support. 
Please Join Us to 
Light the Way 
to Brighter Childhoods

Water Lanterns
Wine Wall
Mystery Gifts
Acapella by Storytellers 303
Craft Cocktails
Heavy Hors d'oeurves
Cocktail Attire
Brighter Childhoods

$50


100% of event proceeds support efforts to strengthen families 
and prevent child maltreatment in Colorado. 
Illuminate Colorado |  (303) 413-3460 | www.illuminatecolorado.org
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