Tuesday, December 1, 2015

10th Annual Bridging the Divide: Suicide Awareness and Prevention Summit

Submit a Presentation Proposal: SPCC is eager to learn ways in which our colleagues are using research to inform the development of best practices, and working to promote resiliency and recovery for at-risk individuals. 

SPCC is excited to announce that the 2016 Bridging the Divide (BtD) Suicide Awareness and Prevention Summit will be held May 5-6, 2016, at the Regis University Lowell Campus.

This year's theme is, "Pathways to Resiliency, Strength and Recovery," and this state-wide conference, hosted by the Suicide Prevention Coalition of Colorado (SPCC) will examine promising evidence-based practices that decrease the likelihood that suicide will occur, assist those who struggle with suicidal thinking, and help survivors of suicide loss regain their equilibrium following a loved one's suicide attempt or death.

The BtD Planning Committee has been hard at work to make sure you have an educational and thought provoking experience. We have confirmed Shelley Marshall, as one of our keynote speakers. Shelley's theatrical performance, "Hold Mommy's Cigarette...One Woman's Journey Through Generations of Mental Illness," a solo dark comedy about life, mental illness, and survival. Since Shelley's suicide attempt 16 years ago, her desire to live an authentic life has proved to be her greatest success. Shelley's performance reveals her secret truths behind mental illness and the lived experience of sharing that secret.

The BtD Planning Committee is seeking presentations to round out the educational offerings at the Summit. SPCC is seeking presentations for three educational tracks:
  • Resiliency: This track will address the concept of resiliency and how it relates to suicide prevention, mental illness, and suicide loss survivors.
  • Recovery: This track addresses the ways in which people achieve, demonstrate, and maintain recovery from risks, trauma, loss, and suicidal thinking or acts.
  • Research: This track addresses promising research developments in the field of suicide prevention and mental wellness.
SPCC is eager to showcase ways in which our colleagues are using research to inform the development of best practices, and working to promote resiliency and recovery for at-risk individuals. For more information and/or to submit a proposal, please click this link to download the Call for Presentations. Submissions are due by close of business on February 1, 2016. Speakers will be notified by February 16 if their presentation was accepted.

In addition to the Call for Presentations, SPCC is also seeking sponsors for the Summit. Please visit the sponsorship page for more information on the sponsorship categories and benefits. Sponsorship funds help support conference speakers and scholarships and provide your organization with outreach/networking opportunities to an engaged audience.

Please continue to check the Summit web site at for updated information as it becomes available. Registration will open on February 16, 2016.

We hope to see you May 5-6, 2016, at Regis University. You don't want to miss the educational and networking opportunities provided by attending this meeting!

Are you interested in becoming a BtD Sponsor?

Click here for more details.

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