Monday, December 15, 2014

9th Annual Bridging the Divide: Suicide Awareness and Prevention Summit

"Honoring the Lived Experience through Support, Advocacy and Research"

"Not about us, without us." This emerging mantra is shaping a new movement in the work of suicide prevention and bereavement support as people with first hand experiences are coming forward and sharing their insights. This year at the 9th annual Bridging the Divide Suicide Awareness and Prevention Summit, suicide attempt survivors and people with lived experience with suicidal intensity will join people bereaved by suicide, suicide prevention advocates, mental health service providers, and suicide prevention researchers to pool the many forms of knowledge that shape our efforts to stem the high rates of suicide in the Rocky Mountain states. An estimated 300 people will gather at Regis University Lowell Campus off I-70 and Federal Blvd. on May 14-15, 2015. The regional conference, hosted by the Suicide Prevention Coalition of Colorado will explore ways to prevent suicide by incorporating the expertise of people who have been there.

We have confirmed Lanny Berman, Ph.D. ABPP, PLLC, as our opening keynote speaker. Dr. Berman served as the Executive Director of the American Association of Suicidology (AAS) from 1995-2014. He is a Past-President of the AAS (1984-1985) and their 1982 Shneidman Award recipient (for Outstanding Contributions in Research in Suicidology).

Several preconference seminars will be scheduled on Thursday, May 14 from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The main Summit begins at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 14and continues until 3:30 p.m. on Friday, May 15 on the Regis campus.

For more information or to register for the summit, click here or email Sally Spencer-Thomas, Suicide Prevention Coalition of Colorado, at, or call 720-352-7505.

The Office of Suicide Prevention, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is a co-host sponsor for this year's Summit.

Dr. Sally Spencer-Thomas
CEO & Co-Founder
Carson J Spencer Foundation
Board Chair Elect, Suicide Prevention Coalition of Colorado
Co-Chair, Bridging the Divide Conference

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