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Bridging the Divide 2018 


Bridging the Divide 2018 - Call for Presentations

Promoting Diversity and Inclusion in Suicide Prevention

2018 Bridging the Divide: Suicide Awareness and Prevention Summit
May 17-18, 2018
The Regis University Lowell Campus at 3333 Regis Blvd., Denver, CO 80221

Call for presentations is now CLOSED.

Thank you to everyone who submitted.

NOTE: This year's conference format has changed from one and a half days, with a half day of pre-conference workshops to a full day of pre-conference workshops and two days of conference.

Promoting Diversity and Inclusion in Suicide Prevention.

Breakout and keynote sessions will focus on promising evidence-based practices that decrease the likelihood of suicide, assist those who struggle with suicidal thinking, and help survivors of suicide loss regain their equilibrium following a loved one’s suicide attempt or death by suicide.  In an attempt to address as many different areas of inclusion and diversity along with learning a variety of perspectives and experiences, panel presentations are recommended this year. Please keep in mind that you only have one hour which includes Q&A. 

Call for presentations is now closed.

Breakout Sessions and Presentations

This year's conference will feature several informative and engaging presenters speaking on a variety of topics relating to suicide, recovery, prevention, and post-vention. For further information on each speaker and their topic, view the PDFs in the links. Information will be added as it becomes available.

- "Engaging Faith Communities in Suicide Prevention"

- "Firearms and Suicide Prevention," presented by Richard Abramson, Maranda Miller, and Joseph Simonetti.

- "Examining Disparities Within Colorado Suicide Data"

- "Alcohol and Drug Use Prior to Suicidal Behaviors in Veterans Receiving Substance Use Disorder Treatment" presented by Suzanne M. Thomas, Karson A. Stevenson, and Jennifer Olson-Madden

- "The Last Bill, a Senator's Story: Advocacy and the Legislative Process" presented by Senator Linda M. Newell and Susan K. Marine

- "Preventing Suicide Contagion in High Schools" presented by Anna S. Mueller

- "ASLE: From Marginalized to Hope and Resilience" presented by Annemarie Matulis and Tracey Pacheco Medeiros

- "Opting In: How Spirituality Saved My Life From Suicidal Crisis" presented by Molly Fiore

- "Suicide Prevention in Rural Colorado Communities" presented by Erin Ivie, Crystal Nelson, Gini Adams, Mason Hohstadt, and Heather Darbe

- "Building Hope: Effective Community Strategies for Reducing Suicide and Improving Mental Health in Colorado Communities"

- "Truth Be Told, Tell the Truth: Talking with Children About Suicide and Violent Death"

- "Psychiatric Justice for Survivors of Suicide Attempt" presented by Jess Stohlmann-Rainey

- "Best Practices for LGBTQIA+ Youth and Cultivating Safe Schools"

- "Youth Programs: Second Wind Fund and The Imagine Project" presented by Kayla E. Fulginiti, Maureen Johnson Ediger, and Dianne I. Maroney

- "Bridging the Divide Healing Ceremony"

- "The Bridge Has Moved: Providers as Survivors" presented by Lisa S. Lockwood

- "Veteran Suicide: Culture, Readjustment and Prevention" presented by Katy L. Barrs

safeTALK Pre-Conference Workshop


May 16, 2018
1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) Laboratory Services Building in the Franklin Training Room
8100 E. Lowry Blvd, Denver, CO 80230
Cost: FREE

safeTALK is a three-hour training program, hosted by AFSP Colorado Chapter, that will prepare anyone age 15 or older to identify individuals at risk of suicide and connect them to mental health first aid resources.

This training will equip you with the tools to:

          • Move beyond common tendencies to miss, dismiss, or avoid suicide;
          • Identify individuals at risk of suicide;
          • Apply the TALK steps (Tell, Ask, Listen, and KeepSafe) to connect those individuals to suicide first aid/intervention caregivers.
Powerful videos will illustrate both alert and non-alert responses. We will also discuss and practice tactics that will contribute to saving lives.

Register through this link soon because space is limited!

Soul Shop Post-Conference Workshop

May 19, 2018
8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
New Hope Presbyterian Church
3737 New Hope Way, Castle Rock, CO 80109

Soul Shop is a workshop experience designed to train faith community leaders to equip their congregations to minister those impacted by suicidal desperation. Participants will engage each other and the course content to gain competence and confidence in their ability to create faith communities of hope and social connection.

Register through this link. Space is limited!


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