Monday, November 13, 2017

New video on common risk and protective factors

The Violence and Injury Prevention - Mental Health Promotion Branch recently was highlighted in a video produced by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “Connecting the dots” highlights the department’s efforts to determine what common risk factors and successful preventative measures exist when working to reduce youth violence, child abuse and neglect, bullying, and teen violence. In the past, prevention efforts were separated by the various violence issues, but now the branch’s programs work together, based on common risks and prevention methods. Reducing teen dating violence, for instance, naturally also reduces bullying. As a result, the branch can better leverage funding by using it to address multiple forms of violence and increase collaboration with community partners. The novel approach is now being used as a model across the country.

Read more in the strategic plan pinned to the side of this blogsite!

Friday, November 3, 2017

Office of Suicide Prevention Annual Report

The Office of Suicide Prevention's latest annual report for 2016-2017 was published this week.  Please find it here.

Suicide prevention in Colorado would not be possible without partnership with our local counterparts.  We thank you for your continued collaboration.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Your voice impacts your community! Take this 1 min. poll.

Community voices shape better solutions.  We want to hear directly from Coloradans about issues they care about the most and that are affecting minds, bodies and communities. We’ll use this information to make decisions and better address the issues together.  Please take this 1-minute poll to start the conversation!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Attend a seminar on Suicide in the Military

The Program for Injury Prevention, Education & Research (PIPER) is hosting a seminar about military suicide on November 2, 2017 from 12 to 1 PM at the Anschutz Medical Campus in building Education 2 North, room 1304.

The seminar will be led by Dr. Peter Gutierrez, a licensed clinical psychologist at Rocky Mountain Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Centers (MIRECC) and co-Director of the U.S. Department of Defense Military Suicide Research Consortium.
Dr. Gutierrez is a licensed clinical psychologist at Rocky Mountain MIRECC and a psychiatry professor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. He is a cognitive-behavioral therapist with extensive experience providing care for veterans at high risk of suicide. His clinical training was in child and adolescent psychology, with an emphasis on serious psychopathology and suicide. He researches downstream suicide prevention focusing on suicide-specific clinical interventions and assessment approaches. He is also co-Director of the U.S. Department of Defense Military Suicide Research Consortium. Dr. Gutierrez will provide a broad overview of work done to date by the Military Suicide Research Consortium to organize and oversee research on the full spectrum of the suicide problem for the U.S. military. Attendees will learn about the infrastructure, strategy, and approach to targeting cutting edge research at a major public health problem for the Department of Defense.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

New Positive Youth Development Trainings- Fall 2017

Adolescence is a time of change and opportunity. The physical, social and psychological changes young people undergo impacts their behavior, how they interact with the world and how the adults around them respond to this transformation. This Positive Youth Development (PYD) training will help you understand and learn the skills needed to integrate the evidence-based PYD approach into your current youth programming efforts. Positive Youth Development Trainings are available in Estes Park, Winter Park, Commerce City, Fort Collins, and Canon City.


When & Where:

Sept 19th: Estes Park
Sept 29th, Winter Park
Oct 20th, Commerce City
Nov 8th, Fort Collins
March 16th, Canon City

Who: Youth-serving professionals and anyone else interested in youth health and well-being.

What will you get:

Training on Positive Youth Development
An introduction to Adolescent Development
Tools to support your program, organization, or personal practice
Networking opportunities

Any questions, contact Rebecca Medina at

For more Violence and Injury Prevention trainings visit the VIPrevention Network Training Calendar.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

The Epidemiology of Firearm Injuries in Denver, Colorado

Denver Public Health today released a new report entitled, “The Epidemiology of Firearm Injuries in Denver, Colorado,” which presents information about firearm-related injuries and deaths in the City and County of Denver, focusing primarily on the period between 2011 and 2015.

While similar analyses have occurred at the state and national level, this is the first report of its kind describing fatal and non-fatal firearm injury data for Denver.

Key Findings
  • The rate of firearm deaths in Denver remained relatively flat through 2015.
  • The rate of non-fatal firearm related injuries has increased since then. It is too early to tell whether fatal injuries have followed the same trend.
  • More firearm deaths in Denver were suicides than homicides.
Download Report

Monday, August 28, 2017

Become a Stepping On instructor!

FREE PROFESSIONAL TRAINING IN FALL PREVENTION STEPPING ON is an evidence-based fall-prevention program to help older adults improve balance and prevent falls.

Practical, positive and fun, each small-group Stepping On workshop spans seven weeks.

Weekly, two-hour sessions focus on:

  • Identifying fall risks—home hazards, vision and medications 
  • Building self confidence—the fear of falling and community mobility 
  • Improving strength and balance—functional fitness exercises 
  • Adding safety strategies to everyday life—better decision making 


  • Ability to teach as a team. Each organization needs to have at least two trained leaders. These may include: - Nurses - PTs/OTs and/or assistants - Hospital staff from trauma, rehab, wellness, etc. - EMTs or firefighters - Community partners who work with older adults 
  • Willingness to learn the proven Stepping On techniques for reducing fall risk 
  • Enthusiasm to work with older adults and make a difference in their lives. 

TO REGISTER for this FREE training class, or for more information, please contact: Robert Hayes, RN, MATPT Stepping On Master Trainer 720-321-8973