Monday, September 24, 2018

EVENT Zero Weeks Screening & Paid Family Leave Discussion

Join us for a screening of Zero Weeks, a documentary on the challenges posed by the absence of a paid family leave policy in our nation. At the event, we'll hear from Colorado advocates who are working to establish a paid family leave program in our state and families who have been impacted. Learn how you can take action to promote paid family leave in Colorado and nation-wide and network with others who believe that caregivers shouldn't have to choose between job and family when serious illness strikes or welcoming babies and children.
The screening and discussion are hosted by the Metro Public Health Early Childhood Partnership in collaboration with Colorado 9to5, the Colorado Children's Campaign, Clayton Early Learning, Good Business Colorado, Small Business Majority, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Early Childhood Colorado Partnership, Colorado Breastfeeding Coalition, the Prenatal, Infant Toddler Coalition and ZERO TO THREE.
"Weaving powerful stories together with insightful interviews with leading policymakers, economists, researchers, and activists, Zero Weeks lays out a compelling argument for guaranteed paid leave for every American worker. The film looks at paid leave from an emotional, medical, financial and global perspective." The first months of a child's life serve as the first blocks in building a strong foundation for them to reach their full potential. Parents and caregivers play a critical role during this time, and ensuring they have the time and resources to build strong connections with their baby is critical.
Registration for this free event includes complimentary refreshments, including heavy appetizers, beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages. Please register by September 30th.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Preventing Suicide in Schools

As summer winds down, we are preparing for a return to school. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention offers numerous resources to help ensure grade schools, high schools and colleges are safe for students, and prepared to handle anything that comes up regarding mental health and suicide. Whether you’re a parent, student or an educator, we have many resources, some of which are free of charge.

For instance, It’s Real: College Students and Mental Health is a 17-minute documentary featuring the stories of six college students from across the country who successfully learned to manage their mental health. Intended as a group presentation, the film is accompanied by facilitator’s tools and resources for students. It’s Real encourages students to recognize the warning signs of suicide and how to seek help. If you are interested in hosting this program, click here to acquire the DVD and accompanying materials or click here to acquire online program access at a discounted rate through September 7. Learn more about It's Real and contact your local chapter to bring the program to a campus near you. 

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:

For more information on how to prevent excessive alcohol use, please visit:

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

Patty Boyd, Tri-County Health Department
Hanna Nichols, The Civic Canopy
Register for the Lunch & Learn
This Lunch & Learn will support you to:
and reduce stigma with more productive values and narratives.
and include cast a wide net on who plays a role in offering help.
on your stories and communications about mental health.
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

Questions? Contact Heather Trish at or 303-432-5265.

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