Office of Suicide Prevention community grantees
Injury and violence data and epidemiology
- Grantees implementing Evidence-Based Programs for High Risk Populations:
- Colorado Anti-Violence Program, Denver.
- Jefferson Center for Mental Health, Wheat Ridge.
- Carson J. Spencer Foundation, Denver.
- Grantees working on Means Restriction in emergency departments:
- Arapahoe/Douglas Mental Health Network, Englewood.
- Midwestern Colorado Mental Health Center, Montrose.
- Grantees conducting Sources of Strength:
- Aurora Public Schools, Aurora.
- Boulder County Public Health, Boulder.
- The Piñon Project Family Resource Center, Cortez.
- Grantees targeting working-age men (25-64) — Man Therapy:
- North Range Behavioral Health, Greeley.
- Pueblo Suicide Prevention Center, Pueblo.
- Western Colorado Suicide Prevention Foundation, Grand Junction.
Priority public health initiatives
We're prioritizing the following suicide prevention efforts based on suicide data:
- Provide funding to local communities to implement data-driven suicide prevention initiatives focused on high-risk populations, including working-age men, older adults, active-duty military and veterans, adolescent Latinas, and youth who identify as LGBTQ. Suicide rates vary across the state, particularly for high-risk populations. By providing funding to local efforts, we can target prevention efforts on the communities that need it most.
- Means restriction education: We're educating local hospitals to implement means restriction education, equipping emergency room personnel to counsel families and other caregivers to limit suicidal patients’ access to firearms, prescriptions and other lethal means of suicide. As part of the priority initiatives, we plan to expand this program to hospitals throughout Colorado. A prior suicide attempt is the leading risk factor for suicide death, making discharge from an emergency department or hospital a critical time to provide prevention services.
- School-based suicide prevention: To teach youth important help-seeking behaviors for themselves and for friends in crisis, we'll continue to support youth suicide prevention by identifying partners and funding to implement Sources of Strength in Colorado schools. This evidence-based, primary prevention program is designed to build emotional resiliency, increase school connectedness and prevent suicide in schools.
- Man Therapy is an online resource using “manspeak” and humor to target men at risk for depression and suicide. A fictional Dr. Rich Mahogany cuts through the stigma of mental health with straight talk and practical advice. In the first year, 273,113 people visited the award-winning site and 31,744 completed a self-assessment for depression and suicidal thoughts, anger, anxiety and substance use. We plan to evaluate and expand Man Therapy promotion statewide.