Suicide prevention resources for primary care providers

This page contains tools, materials, and training opportunities for primary care providers working to prevent suicide in Colorado.

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  • Suicide Prevention Toolkit for Primary Care Practices - Newly revamped toolkit available for free electronic download. If you have questions, email us for more information.
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) publications:
    • After an Attempt: A Guide for Taking Care of Your Family Member After Treatment in the Emergency Department (English and Spanish available).
    • After an Attempt: A Guide for Taking Care of Yourself After Your Treatment in the Emergency Department (available in English and Spanish).
  • Colorado Crisis Services:
  • How to Talk to a Child About a Suicide Attempt (Rocky Mountain MIRECC for Suicide Prevention):
    • Educational booklet that offers parents and caregivers information and guidance for different age groups on:
      • Understanding unique developmental challenges and needs of preschoolers, school-age children, and teens.
      • Knowing what to share, how much to share, and when.
      • Explaining core concepts such as depression and hopelessness.
      • Promoting resiliency while taking care of self and others.
  • National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention
  • Final Recommendation Statement - Depression in Adults: Screening - The U.S. Preventative Services Task Force recommends that all adults be screened for depression, including pregnant and postpartum women.
  • Zero Suicide - Learn more about the initiative, download free toolkits and materials, and learn how your practice can transform using these key strategies to provide "perfect depression care."
  • Safe-Guard Your Home-A Guide to Suicide Prevention at Home: English | Spanish - resources for patients on steps to reduce access to lethal means within the home.


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SB19-195: Child And Youth Behavioral Health System Enhancements

In May 2019, The Child and Youth Behavioral Health System Enhancements Bill was signed into law, addressing behavioral health services and policy coordination for at-risk children and youth. The Office of Behavioral Health (OBH) contracted with the Colorado Health Institute to create a menu of screening tools for identifying behavioral health issues among children ages 0 to 26 and in perinatal individuals. This work was mandated by Senate Bill 19-195, which required OBH to "select developmentally appropriate and culturally competent statewide behavioral health standardized screening tools for primary care providers, which may be made available electronically for health care professionals." Due to the novel COVID-19 global pandemic, state revenue shortfalls for the 2020-21 fiscal year eliminated all funding established for Senate Bill 19-195. For more budget information please see the Long Bill and House Bill (HB) 20-1384, which amended the statute to make the work subject to available appropriations (funding).