Office of Suicide Prevention community grantees

Current grantees FY 2018-2022

  • Grantees implementing Zero Suicide:

    • Jefferson Center for Mental Health Center, Jefferson, Clear Creek &, Gilpin Counties.

    • Midwestern Colorado Mental Health, dba The Mental Health Center, Delta, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Montrose, Ouray, and San Miguel counties.

  • ​Grantees conducting Sources of Strength:

    • Academy District 20, Colorado Springs.

    • Boulder County Public Health, Boulder and St. Vrain Valley School Districts.

    • Ouray County Schools Community Resource Consortium dba Voyager Youth Program, Ridgway and Ouray School Districts.

  • ​Grantees working on Dissemination of Man Therapy:

    • Centennial Mental Health Center, Cheyenne, Elbert, Kit Carson, Lincoln, Logan, Morgan, Phillips, Sedgwick, Washington, and Yuma counties.

    • Garfield County Public Health, Garfield County.

    • Northrange Behavioral Health, Weld County.

​​Priority public health initiatives

For the prior funding cycle, we prioritized the following suicide prevention efforts based on suicide data:

  1. Provide funding to local communities to implement data-driven suicide prevention initiatives focused on high-risk populations, including working-age men, older adults, active-duty military and veterans, adolescent Latinas, and youth who identify as LGBTQ. Suicide rates vary across the state, particularly for high-risk populations. By providing funding to local efforts, we can target prevention efforts on the communities that need it most.

  2. Zero Suicide: Zero Suicide is a key concept of the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention, a priority of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention, and a project of the Suicide Prevention Resource Center. Zero Suicide is built on the foundational belief that suicide deaths of individuals under care within health and behavioral health systems are preventable, and has shown significant results at reducing suicide. This system-level approach to quality improvement reflects a commitment to patient safety and the safety and support provided by clinical staff. The key elements of Zero Suicide include leadership, training, screening and risk assessment, patient engagement, treatment, transition care, and quality improvement. Health systems that have implemented Zero Suicide have seen up to an eighty percent reduction in suicide deaths for patients within their care.

  3. School-based suicide prevention: To teach youth important help-seeking behaviors for themselves and for friends in crisis, we'll continue to support youth suicide prevention by identifying partners and funding to implement Sources of Strength in Colorado schools. This evidence-based, primary prevention program is designed to build emotional resiliency, increase school connectedness and prevent suicide in schools.

  4. Man Therapy is an online resource using “manspeak” and humor to target men at risk for depression and suicide. A fictional Dr. Rich Mahogany cuts through the stigma of mental health with straight talk and practical advice. Man Therapy is designed to 1) change the way men think and talk about suicide and mental health, 2) provide men and their loved ones with tools to empower them to take control of their overall wellness, and 3) reduce the number and rate of suicide deaths among men.