Colorado Violence and Injury Prevention-Mental Health Promotion strategic plan 2016-2020: Creating connected & thriving communities free from violence and injury

The goal of Colorado’s plan is to prevent violence and injury across the state using innovative approaches that are based on the best available evidence. Partners in Colorado work to increase protective factors and reduce risk factors that most impact violence and injury related outcomes at all levels of the social ecology. The socioecological model[…]

Community conversations to inform youth suicide prevention: A study of youth suicide in four Colorado counties

Key findings are presented by the study components: Key Informant Interviews, Community Focus Groups, and Additional Reviews.

Suicide in the Mountain West Region of the United States.

Background: The Mountain West region of the United States consistently reports the highest rates of suicide in the country. This pattern could reflect a regional culture-of-suicide script in support of suicide that implicitly influences individual’s behavior. Aims: The primary aim of this study was to investigate whether suicide rates are elevated in the Mountain West across a wide[…]

Adolescent suicide in Colorado, 2008-2012.

Suicide is a public health issue of significant concern nationally and in
the state of Colorado. Colorado’s suicide rate consistently ranks amongst
the highest in the nation (11th in 2011, 17.5 per 100,000).1
The adolescent
population is a particularly vulnerable group which is in many ways less
understood than adults,[…]

2016 Colorado Child Fatality Prevention System Annual Legislative Report

A description of the activities of the Colorado Child Fatality
Prevention System, Child Fatality Prevention System State Review
Team and local child fatality review teams that occurred in Fiscal
Year 2016, as well as recommendations to policymakers as required
in statute. Note also: Appendix D: Youth Suicide Fatalities in Colorado, 2010-2014[…]

Completed suicides in Colorado: Differences between Hispanics and Non-Hispanic whites.


Adolescent Help-Seeking and the Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Program: an Evaluation

After the introduction of Yellow Ribbon to a Denver-area high school, staff & adolescents were surveyed to determine if help-seeking behaviour had increased. Using a pre-post intervention design, staff at an experimental school & comparison school were surveyed about their experiences with student help-seeking. 146 students at the experimental high school were also surveyed. Staff[…]

Project Safety Net: CSU Final Report: October 1, 2006 – September 30 2009

This report presents the results of an evaluation of 2 gatekeeper trainings: Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) & Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR). Over the 3-year study period, 2453 participants in six Colorado communities received training. Trainees showed improvement from pre-tests to post-tests on suicide prevention knowledge, self-efficacy for suicide prevention, & intentions to inquire[…]

Preventing Suicide in Colorado: Progress Achieved & Goals for the Future

This report details the evolution & progress of suicide prevention in Colorado. Although the state’s average annual suicide rate has declined 6.5% since 1998, it still is significantly above the national average. Together with information about progress achieved, the report provides a set of strategic goals & objectives informed by experts & community stakeholders. These[…]

Identification of Violent Fantasies in Computer-Based Content (In: Suicide and Law Enforcement, edited by D C Sheehan & J I Warren)

This chapter suggests that the violent video games written by Eric Harris (one of the Columbine High School shooters) represented an externalization of his mindset. Computer games allow for the creation of individual scenarios & a self-destructive game may be created. Access to these scenarios may prevent suicidal or violent behaviour. They may be profiled[…]