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May 13: Colorado experts in suicide prevention rally community for support

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Ali Maffey
Injury, Suicide and Violence Prevention Branch
Prevention Services Division         

Colorado experts in suicide prevention rally community for support

DENVER — More than 200 suicide prevention and mental health experts, suicide survivors, clinicians and educators will gather to highlight the important role the community plays in preventing suicides, at the 6th annual Bridging the Divide: Suicide Awareness and Prevention Summit,May 17 at the Denver Tech Center Marriott.
Colorado has the eighth highest rate of suicide in the nation. In 2011, Colorado lost 910 residents to suicide, more than to flu and pneumonia, homicide, HIV, motor vehicle crashes or diabetes.
The conference theme is Promoting Collaboration and Wellness: Implementing the National Strategy in Colorado. Presenters will showcase individuals and organizations across Colorado that are making strides to implement the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention in their communities and will offer the latest research and strategies for preventing suicide.
 “Colorado is a leader in rallying support for suicide prevention efforts, implementing innovative programs and supporting suicide prevention initiatives statewide,” said Jarrod Hindman, of the Office of Suicide Prevention at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
Experts will review the success of Colorado’s Man Therapy campaign, mantherapy.org, a unique approach to suicide prevention and other men’s mental health issues. The campaign features a fictional therapist promoting “manly” ways to fight depression. The campaign targets men ages 25-54, who are at high risk for suicide and who often are unwilling to access traditional mental health services.
For more information, or to register for the conference, go to suicidepreventioncolorado.org or contact Jarrod Hindman, Suicide Prevention Unit Manager, at jarrod.hindman@state.co.us or 303-692-2539. Participants also may register in person the morning of the event.
Conference sponsors include the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Colorado Injury Control Research Center at Colorado State University, Cedar Springs Hospital in Colorado Springs, Centennial Peaks Hospital, Highlands Behavioral Health and the Suicide Prevention Coalition of Colorado.
If you or someone you know is suicidal, please call the 24-hour suicide prevention lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).