Friday, August 28, 2015

CDC’s Public Health Grand Rounds Presents: "Preventing Suicide: A Comprehensive Public Health Approach"

Tuesday, September 15, 2015
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., EDT
Global Communications Center (Building 19)
Alexander D. Langmuir Auditorium
Roybal Campus
For non-CDC staff interested in viewing the session:
live external webcast will be available. For individuals who are unable to view the session during the scheduled time, the archived presentation will be posted 48 hours after each session. 

Presented By:
Alex Crosby, MD, MPH
Branch Chief, Surveillance Branch, Division of Violence Prevention
National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, CDC
“Suicide: An Urgent Public Health Problem”

Eric D. Caine, MD
Professor and Chair, Department of Psychiatry
Director, Injury Control Research Center for Suicide Prevention
University of Rochester Medical Center
“Implementing Promising Suicide Prevention Approaches While Enhancing the Evidence Base”

Jarrod Hindman, MS
Violence and Suicide Prevention Section Manager, Prevention Services Division
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
“Using Data to Increase Awareness and Prevention of Suicide: Colorado’s Public Health Approach”

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

CDPHE's Retail Marijuana Education Program is excited to announce a funding opportunity for Latino/Hispanic Community Outreach

CDPHE's Retail Marijuana Education Program is excited to announce a funding opportunity for Latino/Hispanic Community Outreach. The purpose of this request for applications (RFA) is to fund local outreach to leverage the “Marihuana en Colorado, Lo Que Debes Entender” campaign (launched August 2015) to educate Spanish-speaking adults in their communities with information about marijuana legalization, the potential health effects from marijuana use, and how to talk to family members, teens or loved ones about marijuana.

Funded awardees will achieve the program’s stated goals in up to seven Latino/Hispanic communities in Colorado. Applications are due Sept. 25, 2015 by 4:00 p.m. You can read more about the RFA and download the document and attachments on CDPHE's site.

Please share this information with organizations that have capacity and experience conducting this type of culturally and linguistically responsive health education and outreach.

Guns, poor mental health system lead to record suicide toll

Colorado lost the largest number of people to suicide in state history last year —1,058 — and the state once again ranks among the worst in the U.S. for high suicide rates.

Suicide kills more Coloradans each year than homicide, car crashes, diabetes, breast cancer, flu or pneumonia, according to state health officials.

Middle-aged men are at the greatest risk for suicide and half of those who killed themselves used a gun. Colorado is planning to update and continue promoting a unique website called Man Therapy that uses humor to reach depressed men and try to stop them before they consider suicide. (Click here to read ‘Man Therapy’ goes global.)

Health experts say guns are too easily accessible for people who are depressed. They also blame Colorado’s extremely high suicide rate on inadequate mental health systems and a lack of funding for prevention programs.

Like other states in the Rocky Mountain West, Colorado consistently tops the list of states struggling with suicide. Colorado ranked seventh in the nation for suicides in 2013, the most recent year for which national data are available. That year, Colorado tied with Idaho. Topping the list were Montana, Alaska, Wyoming, New Mexico, Utah and Nevada.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Marijuana Factsheets Available in Spanish

All marijuana factsheets have been translated into Spanish in order to help facilitate conversations on retail marijuana laws and health effects with Hispanic/Latino communities. Eight factsheets have been translated with information for multiple audiences including pregnant and breastfeeding women, parents, teachers and community partners.

Please use this link to download, print and share the factsheets.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Sexual Violence Prevention Program at CDPHE is hiring a youth advisor

CDPHE is seeking young individuals to apply for a terrific position that provides direct feedback to programs that work with young people. Your voice matters, and this is an opportunity to provide critical input to programs that work to improve outcomes for young people.

If you know any fabulous youth that would be interested in working with the SVP Program and the TGYS (Tony Grampsas Youth Services) Program, please forward this job announcement.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Suicide data shows most deaths ever in Colorado

Whenever it's time for this annual report, Sally Spencer-Thomas has hope. She hopes that the data on suicides in Colorado will show something different. It did, but not in a good way.

"We're hoping to see trends going in the other direction, but the truth of the matter is, you know, we're a group of about 20 committed individuals, many of us are volunteers trying to stem one of the largest public health issues in the state of Colorado," Spencer-Thomas said.

Spencer-Thomas is the chairperson of the Suicide Prevention Coalition of Colorado, a collection of advocates and mental health professionals.

"Colorado has a significant issue with suicide," Spencer-Thomas said. "We are seventh in the nation for highest rates of suicide death and yet our resources to fight this battle are minimal."