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Bridging the Divide 2017

Bridging the Divide 2017

Join the Movement: Aspiring Toward Zero Suicide in Colorado


May 18-19, 2017
Venue: Lowry Conference Center, 1061 Akron Way, Denver, CO 80230


Early bird registration is now open. Click here to register.

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.

AFSP Funded Research, Zero Suicide and Dialectal Behavioral Therapy

How I Went from Wanting to Die to Loving Life: A Resilience Journey

Peer support and suicide prevention in law enforcement

Richard McKeon, Ph.D., M.P.H., Chief of Suicide Prevention Branch CMHS

Richard McKeon Ph.D., MPH received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Arizona, and a Master's of Public Health in Health Administration from Columbia University. He has spent most of his career working in community mental health, including 11 years as director of a psychiatric emergency service and 4 years as Associate Administrator/ Clinical Director of a hospital based community mental health center in Newton, New Jersey. 

In 2001, he was awarded an American Psychological Association Congressional Fellowship and worked for United States Senator Paul Wellstone, covering health and mental health policy issues.

You can find a complete bio on Dr. McKeon here.

Ursula Whiteside, Ph.D, CEO NowMattersNow.org and Clinical Faculty at University of Washington

Dr. Ursula Whiteside is a licensed clinical psychologist, CEO of NowMattersNow.org & Clinical Faculty at the University of Washington. 

As a researcher, she has been awarded grants from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Dr. Whiteside is co-principal investigator on a study involving 18,000 high-risk suicidal patients in 3 major health systems. This study includes a guided version NowMattersNow.org, a program she developed which includes skills for managing suicidal thoughts based on Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and paired with Lived Experience stories.

You can find a complete bio on Dr. Whiteside here.

Leah Harris, M.A. Peer Integration Strategist, National Association of State Mental Health Directors (NASMHPD) Trainer and consultant, National Center for Trauma-Informed Care (NCTIC)

Leah Harris spent much of her adolescence wanting to die. She will share about the critical turning point that propelled her from being a suicidal and hopeless young woman to an empowered advocate living a meaningful life in recovery. She’ll discuss what it has been like to “come out” publicly as a suicide attempt survivor, and her interest in promoting trauma-informed approaches to suicide prevention and care. She will discuss the legacy of intergenerational trauma, mental illness, and addiction in her Ashkenazi Jewish family and how she has broken the cycle of silence and shame through her life and work. Leah will also share what she has discovered about resilience and healing from traumatic experience on the mind-body-spirit levels, as well as through the creative and expressive arts.

You can find a complete bio on Ms. Harris here.

Lt. John Coppedge, Denver Police Department 

John Coppedge has been a police officer for over 24 years, currently serving as a Lieutenant supervising the training division.  In his professional life, John oversees his police departments recruit officer training, in-service training, professional development, and resiliency programs.  In addition to those responsibilities, since 2001, he has volunteered as a member and co-coordinator of his agency’s Peer Support team where he has been involved in counseling fellow officers and their families.  John was a member of the development team that created the police departments employee substance abuse intervention program and has worked with the City of Denver to develop employee wellness programs for all city employees.  


Please join us for the 2017 Bridging the Divide: Suicide Awareness and Prevention Summit on May 18-19, 2017, in Denver, where we will explore the theme, “Join the Movement:  Aspiring Toward Zero Suicide in Colorado.”  This state-wide conference, hosted by the Suicide Prevention Coalition of Colorado (SPCC), will examine promising evidence-based practices that decrease the likelihood that suicide will occur, 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.

Breakout sessions at the 2017 Bridging the Divide Summit will provide opportunities to learn about new developments and best practices through the Clinicians/Peer Supporter, Programs that Work, Research and People with Lived Experience with Suicide tracks.












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Boulder, CO 80308

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