Friday, October 24, 2014

Suicide Prevention and Response: Successful Community Strategies Webinar

2014 Webinar Series - Improving the Mental and Emotional Well-Being of Communities through the National Prevention Strategy

Thursday, November 20, 2014, 2:00 – 3:30 pm, MT (4:00-5:30 ET)

2:00-2:05 Welcome and Adobe Connect Logistics
Speaker: Cherri Pruitt, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, HRSA, Region, VIII Maternal and Child Health Consultant

2:05-2:20 What IS the National Prevention Council’s Mental and Emotional Well-Being Strategy and Telling the Story: Regional Suicide Data
Speaker: Charles H. Smith, MA, PhD, U. S. Department of Health and Human Services, Regional Administrator-Region VIII, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

2:20-2:40 Safe2Tell® Youth Violence Prevention Initiative – The Safe2Tell® violence prevention model was established in Colorado as a response to the Columbine High School tragedy as a way to provide every Colorado student, parent, teacher and community member a safe and anonymous way to report concerns about safety. Safe2Tell provides tangible solutions founded on the idea that prevention and early intervention are the keys to stopping school violence and saving lives.
Speaker: Susan Payne, Founding Executive Director of Safe2Tell®

Thursday, October 23, 2014

New Teen Driver Safety Research Released

A new report, led by Allison Curry, PhD, MPH and funded by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, sheds new light on crash involvement of newly-licensed young drivers. Available on the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia website.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

New Guide Offers Ideas on How Communities Can Foster Supportive Environments for Kids | The Prevention Institute

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released Building Community Commitment for Safe, Stable, Nurturing Relationships and Environments, developed by Prevention Institute. This publication provides guidance to mobilize communities to create safe spaces and settings that keep kids safe and support their healthy development. Part of CDC’s Essentials for Childhood initiative to prevent child abuse and neglect, this document lays out steps that communities can use to build support for many issues. PI presents nine key elementsand case examples, organized in three clusters:

1. Develop a Shared Vision.
2. Build Understanding of the Need and Solutions.
3. Partner.

For more information visit the Safe Families and Communities webpage.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Colorado's Suicide Prevention Task Force Meets

From: KRCC

Colorado’s new Suicide Prevention Commission is meeting this morning for the first time. KRCC’s Eliza Densmore reports.


The state legislature created the group to establish new efforts for prevention priorities, broaden public and private partnerships, and identify funding resources.

Jarrod Hindman is the Suicide Prevention Section Manager at the Department of Public Health. He says the commission is expected to build on past prevention efforts.

"One of the things we know," says Hindman, "is that we need more people involved in suicide prevention. It’s a public health issue in Colorado and people don’t realize it’s a public health issue. And it can’t just be the suicide prevention community doing this work. We need partners in business, we need partners in the nonprofit sector and philanthropic sector and all other sectors to engage in this work."

The commission includes representatives from state agencies, business, and law enforcement, among other industries.

Last year over 1,000 Coloradans died by suicide, making the state’s suicide rate one of the highest in the nation.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Update on Statewide Retail Marijuana Education Efforts

The Retail Marijuana Education Program (RMEP) Team housed in the Violence Injury Prevention-Mental Health Promotion Branch at CDPHE has been busy implementing new projects across a spectrum of education and prevention efforts to better inform and support local public health retail marijuana education and prevention initiatives.

See the Update on Statewide Retail Marijuana Education Efforts for more information on the major initiatives and the RMEP timeline.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Looking for citizen groups to provide feedback on the Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention campaign

A public awareness campaign is in development as part of the Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention. Assistance is needed with citizen feedback/testing on campaign creative concepts and messaging. We are interested in working with a variety of citizen groups around the state, from urban and rural communities. Groups representing different age groups are also desirable from young adults 18-25 to seniors. We would also like to contact Spanish-dominant citizens. If your organization has a citizen group in place that would be interested in participating please contact Sylvia Solis at Webb Strategic Communications,

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Infographic for National Domestic Violence Awareness Month | Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

NISVS Infographic

From: CDC
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month — a time to recognize intimate partner violence as a major public health problem and become part of its solution.
For this year’s observance, CDC has released an infographic on intimate partner violence, sexual violence, and stalking. It features the latest findings from the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey.