Monday, December 21, 2015

suicide to Hope: A Recovery and Growth Workshop

Date: Tuesday, February 2, 2016 OR Thursday, February 4, 2016
Time: 8:30 am— 4:30 pm. (Please arrive early to complete registration process.) 
Location: Douglas County Sheriff’s Office—Highlands Ranch Substation 9250 Zotos Drive, Highlands Ranch, CO 80129 
Cost: $150.00 lunch provided by Cedar Springs Hospital 
6 CEUs available 

suicide to Hope: A Recovery and Growth Workshop is a one-day workshop primarily designed for clinicians and other professional caregivers who work with persons recently at risk of and currently safe from suicide. It provides tools to help these caregivers and persons with experiences of suicide work together to develop achievable and significant recovery and growth goals.

To register and for more information, please contact: Casey Metzler 970-471-2352 or

Who should attend:
Clinicians and other professional caregivers who provide therapeutic services.

Why recovery and growth? 
Recovery and growth approaches have demonstrated significant positive impacts in mental health, substance abuse, and trauma but have not been developed for use with those recovering from suicide. 

Overall Mission:
To strengthen hope by increasing the ability of helpers to hear, understand and work with the wants and needs of persons recovering from and growing through suicide.

Learning Goal: To encourage and enable participants to apply a recovery and growth oriented approach to working with persons previously at risk and currently safe from suicide.

Participant Objectives:

As a result of participation in this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Describe how suicide experiences provide an opportunity for recovery and growth work;
  • Recognize how their helping qualities might impact recovery and growth work; 
  • Understand a schematic of common issues and related recovery and growth opportunities; 
  • Apply a model for setting recovery and growth goals; and, a framework for monitoring and coordinating recovery and growth work. 

Friday, December 11, 2015

Injury and Violence Prevention: Gaining Momentum in 2016

Wednesday, January 6, 2016
12:00 - 1:30 PM 

Are you looking for that spark to start your new year? Are you ready to be inspired?

Join the South to Southwest (S2SW) Injury Prevention Network and the Safe States Alliance for an inspiring first-of-the year presentation about why the work we do in injury and violence prevention is important, relevant, and exciting. This is a great opportunity to find inspiration and motivation for your work in 2016.

Our speaker, Dr. David Hemenway, Professor of Health Policy at the Harvard School of Public Health, and author of the book, While We Were Sleeping: Success Stories in Injury and Violence Prevention, will outline how the public health science behind injury prevention has enabled our field to accomplish great things in the past, and help us understand the possibilities for the future. This important presentation will help ground your work in a broader context, and help you understand the wider field of injury prevention.

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.