Thursday, October 20, 2016

CDPHE is hiring an Injury Epidemiologist

CDPHE is hiring! If you are interested or know someone who may be interested, please share:

Position Title: Injury Epidemiologist
Job Location: Denver
Close Date: November 1, 2016 OR until we have identified an adequate applicant pool.

TO APPLY: Injury Epidemiologist - 1329

If you have difficulty with the link, please access the State of Colorado job website at

Monday, October 3, 2016

In search of Youth Marketing Advisors for Protect What's Next campaign!

Cactus Communications and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) are looking to hire Youth Marketing Advisors to participate in a pilot online survey and data collection program that is focused on decreasing the number of youth in Colorado who use retail marijuana. Youth Marketing Advisors will work 1-2 hours per week to complete mini-assignments and provide real-time, street-level insights to help inform CDPHE’s Protect What’s Next campaign.

During the three-month pilot program beginning in October 2016, Advisors will be asked to complete weekly assignments online. The content collected will be used by Cactus and CDPHE for research purposes only. Advisors who complete their assignments will receive $200 per month in compensation.

Cactus and CDPHE are looking for Youth Marketing Advisors from every demographic and area of the state. Middle and high school students ages 12 - 18 are eligible to apply. The only requirements are that they have consistent online access via a mobile device.

If you know youth who might be interested, please have them visit and fill out the form.

Thank you in advance for your help promoting the Youth Marketing Advisor program!

Friday, September 16, 2016

FREE Suicide Prevention Boot Camp for First Responders!

The Carson J Spencer Foundation and the Colorado Commission on Suicide Prevention would like to invite you to participate in our 3-hour FREE Suicide Prevention Boot Camp for First Responders! We know how tough your jobs are and would like to invite you to participate in creating a suicide prevention plan to take back to your organization.

September 20, 2016 from 9:00am-12:00pm
West Metro Fire 
433 S. Allison Parkway, Lakewood, CO 80226

September 23, 2016 from 1:30-4:30pm 
Falcon Fire Station 
7030 Old Meridian Road, Falcon CO 80831

September 30, 2016 from 12:30-3:30pm
Eagle County Paramedic Service Training Rooms
1055 Edwards Village Blvd., Edwards, CO 81632

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Colorado Gun Shops Work Together To Prevent Suicides

By John Daley, Colorado Public Radio September 12, 2016

Jacquelyn Clark, co-owner of Bristlecone Shooting, Training and Retail Center in Lakewood, Colo., holds a list of gun safety rules. One recommendation: Consider “off-site storage if a family member may be suicidal.” (John Daley/Colorado Public Radio)

It’s ladies night at the Centennial Gun Club in a suburb of Denver. More than 80 women are here for safety instruction and target practice.

Tonight the club is offering more than shooting, though. The women rotate through the firing range, and in another large room, they hear a sobering presentation from emergency room doctor Emmy Betz. She’s part of a collaboration between gun shops and public health leaders in the state to help prevent suicide.

“If you’ve been touched by suicide somehow, if you could, raise your hand,” she asked. About half the hands go up.

Monday, September 12, 2016

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Friday, September 9, 2016

6 Myths about Suicide that Every Parent and Educator Should Know


Common misconceptions about suicide can make it difficult for parents, school staff, and medical professionals to accurately identify young people who might be at risk. David Jobes, the head of Catholic University's Suicide Prevention Lab, discussed several of these misconceptions with NPR. First, contrary to the notion that asking people about suicidal ideation increases their risk, "we need to ask, and we need to intervene to actually save lives," said Jobes. Second, while depression is a risk factor for suicide, most people with depression do not attempt suicide, and many people who engage in suicidal behavior are not depressed. Third, prevention is possible. Said Jobes, "We know very clearly that, with proper identification, proper support and treatments that are suicide-specific, we absolutely can make a difference and save lives." Fourth, most young people demonstrate warning signs or indicate that they are having suicidal thoughts before an attempt, which presents opportunities for intervention. Fifth, although research on suicide among children below the age of 12 is limited, that age group is also vulnerable to experiencing suicidal thoughts and behaviors. Sixth, when a suicide death has occurred, a school assembly may increase the risk of modeling effects, or contagion. "We really want to have these conversations in smaller groups, especially among those kids who were most affected by the suicide," said Jobes. "So, just a wholesale didactic event is not necessarily in the school's best interest. And not necessarily the best way to prevent copycat suicides or additional suicides."

Find out more about suicide prevention in schools.