Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Family Leadership Training Institute Recruiting New Members!

Stand Up. Speak Out. Create Change.

Excitement is building as the Family Leadership Training Institute of Boulder County, Aurora, and Montbello are actively recruiting for their 2019 classes! In late September, these three communities will begin the 20-week process that is equal parts self-exploration, skill development, community building, and motivational coaching. 

Develop new leadership skills and learn more about the civic process to create positive change for children and families. Apply Today! 

More information about Fall classes is listed below. Additional FLTI sites will be starting in January, 2019.
FLTI of Aurora
Sponsored by: Aurora Community Connection
Classes located at: 9801 E. Colfax Ave, Ste. 200
Aurora, CO 80010
Offered in: Monolingual Spanish
Contact: Aliria Bello or Teresa Torres

FLTI of Boulder County
Sponsored by: Sister Carmen Community Center
Classes located at: 655 Aspen Ridge Drive
Lafayette, CO 80026
Offered in: English
Contact: Julie Piller or Zoya Elhassan

FLTI of Montbello
Sponsored by: Families Forward Resource Center
Classes located at: Moorhead Recreational Center
15151 E. Alameda Parkway
Aurora, CO 80012
Offered in: English
Contact: Veronica Armas

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

New Report: Excessive Alcohol Use and Suicide in CO

New Report Released on Excessive Alcohol Use and Suicide in Colorado

Excessive alcohol use is a risk factor for many harmful health conditions in our communities, such as injuries, violence, including suicide, and mental health problems, such as depression or anxiety. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) released a new data report detailing how excessive alcohol use connects with suicide in Colorado. It is important to note that many factors contribute to suicide, such as substance use, depression, and intimate partner problems. Suicide prevention requires a comprehensive approach to adequately address multiple risk factors. However, it is clear that reducing excessive drinking could also reduce suicide deaths in Colorado.

The new CDPHE Health Watch report summarizes Blood Alcohol Concentrations (BAC) among suicide decedents between 2011-2015. Key findings include that almost 1 in 3 suicide decendents (29.3%) had a BAC ≥ 0.08 g/dL at the time of death. Among those who had a a BAC ≥ 0.08 g/dL, almost 2 in 3 (61.4%) had a problem with alcohol, and more than half were depressed (56.8%), used a firearm as a method of suicide (53.1%), and were having intimate partner problems (50.6%). When compared to suicide decedents with a a BAC < 0.08 g/dL, suicide decedents with a BAC ≥ 0.08 g/dL were more likely to be male, working age adults (ages 21-54) and Hispanic or American Indian/Alaskan Native.

To view the report, please visit this link:

For more information on how to prevent excessive alcohol use, please visit:

Monday, September 17, 2018

Webinar: Multi-generational Approaches to Framing Mental Health

Multigenerational Approaches to Framing Mental Health
The Shared Message Bank Action Team invites network members to participate in a 90-minute Lunch & Learn leveraging FrameWorks Institute research to shift conversations around mental health across the lifespan. Grab your lunch and log on!

Tuesday, September 18 from 12:00-1:30 PM (TOMORROW)

Patty Boyd, Tri-County Health Department
Hanna Nichols, The Civic Canopy
Register for the Lunch & Learn
This Lunch & Learn will support you to:
and reduce stigma with more productive values and narratives.
and include cast a wide net on who plays a role in offering help.
on your stories and communications about mental health.
to help reframe mental health for children, families, and communities.
Learn more about the ECCP and the Shared Message Bank

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

FUNDING Comprehensive Suicide Prevention for Public Schools and Districts

The Office of Suicide Prevention's Comprehensive Suicide Prevention for Public Schools and Districts RFA has posted! The funding covers suicide prevention trainings, policy development, and school climate initiatives. Please share with your networks.

Background: The OSP is pleased to announce the availability of funds, through Senate Bill 18-272, to enhance comprehensive suicide prevention and crisis response for public schools and school districts. The purpose of this legislation is to provide funding for public schools and school districts to implement comprehensive crisis and suicide prevention strategies, with priority given to public schools or school districts who have not received suicide prevention training previously. In order to ensure a comprehensive suicide prevention approach, this funding announcement allows public school or school district applicants to identify training, school climate, and policy strategies to implement over a three year period.

Grant Request Amount per Year: $5,000-$20,000 for individual schools,
$5,000-$35,000 for school districts.

Interdisciplinary Behavioral Health Conference

Engaging research, innovation, and action to promote behavioral health among individuals, families and communities.​​

October 4 - 6​, 2018
University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus​
Hosted by the Global Alliance for Behavioral Health and Social Justice with the Colorado School of Public Health, the Coming Together for Action conference is being convened to bring together individuals from across disciplines who are passionate about behavioral health, social justice, and well-being promotion to develop leadership capacity, learn about promising practices and policies, stimulate new and innovative ideas, spark collaborative efforts, and come away energized and ready to take action.

Early Registration 6/1 - 9/7 | Late Registration 9/8 - 10/3
On-site Registration 10/4 - 10/6

303.724.4547 | |

It's National Suicide Prevention Week!

It’s National Suicide Prevention Week, and our theme is The Power of Connection. Although there is no single cause of suicide, one of the risks for suicide is social isolation, and there’s scientific evidence for reducing suicide risk by making sure we connect with one another. We can all play a role through the power of connection by having real conversations about mental health with people in everyday moments – whether it’s with those closest to us, or the coffee barista, parking lot attendant, or the grocery store clerk.

It’s also about the connection we each have to the cause, whether you’re a teacher, a physician, a mother, a neighbor, a veteran, or a suicide loss survivor or attempt survivor. We don’t always know who is struggling, but we do know that one conversation could save a life.

Visit 2018 National Suicide Prevention Week to find ways to get involved in the cause and other planned activities for the month of September.

We’ve also just launched a Sharing Your Story webpage. Here you’ll find guidance on safely sharing your own personal stories of connection. On this page, you will also learn more about how to share your stories through our partnership with our friends at The Mighty! You can connect to our community by sharing your stories and reading others using the new hashtag #Stories2Connect.

Thank you for joining us in our mission to save lives and bring hope to those connected to the cause.
It's Time to Connect!
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Friday, August 31, 2018

Save the Date: Injury and Violence Seminar Series

Injury and Violence Seminar Series

Traumatic brain injury and Collision sports:
ethical, Legal and policy implications

september 27, 2018 | 12-1 pm | Anschutz Medical Campus, Education 2 south, room 2306

Daniel Goldberg, JD, PhD, Associate Professor, Center for Bioethics and Humanities, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
Dr. Goldberg is trained as an attorney, a historian of medicine and public health, and a public health ethicist. His work focuses on non-communicable disease, the social determinants of health, and health inequalities.  His current research agenda focuses especially on health and disease stigma.  He has been teaching and writing on the law, ethics, and policy of traumatic brain injury and collision sports since 2007, and maintains an active research program in the area.
This talk will explore some of the legal, ethical, and political complexities surrounding TBI and collision sports, especially in youths and adolescents.  Drawing on some of the author’s most recent work, the talk will focus on issues concerning conflicts of interest and the role of the precautionary principle in guiding ethically optimal public health policies.

Co-sponsored by the Center for Bioethics & Humanities

Questions? 303-724-6998 or