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Office of Suicide Prevention (OSP)

The Office of Suicide Prevention serves as the lead entity for suicide prevention and intervention efforts in Colorado, collaborating with communities statewide to reduce the number of suicide deaths and attempts in Colorado. In an attempt to broaden the reach and impact of state-level suicide prevention efforts, the office emphasizes using state funding to address strategic priority areas. These priority areas include funding local initiatives, supporting a statewide crisis line, increasing knowledge about suicide risk and prevention resources, training individuals to recognize and respond to suicidal crisis, and forming and leading collaborative partnerships at the state and local level.

OSP 2012-2013 Legislative Report pdf file

OSP 2011-2012 Legislative Report pdf file  

Suicide in Colorado 2008-2012 pdf file

Firearm Deaths in Colorado 2005-2012 pdf file  

2012 National Strategy for Suicide Prevention

A Prioritized Research Agenda for Suicide Prevention: An Action Plan to Save Lives 2014

August 2013 Press Release on Historic High Suicide Rates for 2012

Continuity of Care for Suicide Prevention: The Role of Emergency Departments

Suicide Death, Hospitalization, and Emergency Department Data by Health Statistics Region excel spreadsheet


National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-279-TALK



The Office of Suicide Prevention engages in the following activities with partners from around the state to address the primary prevention of suicide:
       Community grant making – 11 community grantees currently
       Support of Colorado’s two Suicide Prevention Lifeline call center’s – Metro Crisis Services and the Pueblo Suicide Prevention Center
       Support the implementation of Man Therapy in partnership with Cactus Marketing Communications and the Carson J Spencer Foundation
       Implement HB12-1140 – Suicide prevention and follow-up in Colorado hospitals
       Provide public education and awareness – materials, presentations, communication
       Partner with the Suicide Prevention Coalition of Colorado
       Partner with the Colorado Department of Education and the School Safety Resource Center to host annual school-based symposia on suicide prevention, intervention and postvention
       Plan and support annual Bridging the Divide: Suicide Prevention and Intervention Summit
       Partner internally with the Injury Prevention Program and Children’s Hospital on violence prevention through means restriction education and awareness
       Partner internally with the Injury Prevention Program on older adult falls and suicide prevention
       Partner with the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing and the Colorado Department of Human Services on CDPHE Mental Health and Substance Abuse Winnable Battle. Priorities are pregnancy related depression and adult depression
  • Colorado Anti-Violence Program, Denver - statewide
  • Carson J Spencer Foundation - El Paso and Pueblo counties
  • Arapahoe/Douglas Mental Health Network
  • Midwestern Colorado Mental Health Center - Delta, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Montrose, Ouray, San Miguel counties
  • Aurora Public Schools
  • Boulder County Public Health
  • The Pinon Project Family Resource Center - Montezuma County
  • North Range Behavioral Health - Weld County
  • Pueblo Suicide Prevention Center
  • Western Colorado Suicide Prevention Foundation - Mesa County
  • Jefferson Center for Mental Health - Jefferson, Gilpin, Clear Creek counties

Jarrod Hindman, MS
Suicide Prevention Unit Manager


VIPrevention Network: Colorado's Violence and Injury Prevention Network