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. 
Use the Office of Suicide Prevention Material Order Form to order free print materials delivered directly to your practice, or you can email us at CDPHE_SuicidePrevention@state.co.us with a list of print materials, the quantity needed, and a physical address for shipping. Please Note: There may be times when items are delayed or unavailable due to demand. Larger orders may require more time for printing purposes.


Suicide Prevention Toolkit for Primary Care Practices
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 is available in English and Spanish. This brochure was developed by and for family members whose loved one attempted suicide. 
  • After an Attempt: A Guide for Taking Care of Yourself After Your Treatment in the Emergency Department is available in English and Spanish. This brochure helps people recovering from a suicide attempt.
Colorado Crisis Services
How to Talk to a Child About a Suicide Attempt (Rocky Mountain MIRECC for Suicide Prevention)
  • How to Talk to a Child About a Suicide Attempt is an 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
  • The 2024 National Strategy for Suicide Prevention is a comprehensive, whole-of-society approach to suicide prevention.
  • The Suicide Care in Systems Framework presents the findings and recommendations of the Clinical Care and Intervention Task Force to the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention, with a focus on four environments:
    • emergency departments and medical-surgical units
    • primary care and general medical settings
    • behavioral health entities
    • crisis services
Final Recommendation Statement: Depression in Adults: Screening
Zero Suicide
  •  Learn more about the Zero Suicide 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
  • Safe-Guard Your Home-A Guide to Suicide Prevention at Home provides resources for patients on steps to reduce access to lethal means within the home. and is available in English and Spanish.

University of Colorado Anschutz Behavioral Health Integration Modules
  • Men and Depression covers depression symptoms more commonly found in men, screening and treatment options, and resources available that specifically address depression in men.
  • Obesity and Depression describes the relationship between obesity and depression and recommended screening and treatment recommendations for both conditions.
Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment Training for Substance Abuse (SBIRT)
  • SBIRT promotes the practice of Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment throughout Colorado.
Evidence-based Gatekeeper training in Question, Persuade and Refer (QPR).
  • The QPR Institute provides individual and organizational training.
Online training modules are available for purchase
  • Kognito provides practice-based digital learning to improve mental health and well-being in schools, campuses, and communities.
Counseling on access to lethal means (CALM)
  • Zero Suicide offers free online training on how to counsel patients on restricting access to lethal means. Improve your knowledge and skills in suicide prevention through self-paced online courses designed for clinicians and other service providers, educators, health professionals, public officials, and members of community-based coalitions who develop and implement suicide prevention programs and policies.
Zero Suicide Organizational Self-Study
  • Zero Suicide Organizational Self-Study is designed to assess what components of the comprehensive Zero Suicide approach are currently in place and the degree to which the components are embedded within key organizational and clinical areas. The Organizational Self-Study also helps to assess organizational and clinical area-specific strengths and opportunities for development across each component.
Psych/Armor Institute
  • Access Psych/Armor's free online courses (some with CE credits available) to help build skills and knowledge on how to effectively work with, live with, or care for veterans.

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). 

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