Elevating the Conversation is a collaborative group of committed stakeholder organizations and the representatives who work with them to reduce suicide in Colorado.
Over the years we have convened an annual event to provide critical skills training in Suicide Risk Assessment, Management and Support. We invite you to join us in our efforts by attending our workshops or becoming an Exhibitor or Sponsor of this event.
Please click on any of the partner logos below to find out more about the work that each of our organizations provide in the community.
Why Elevate The Conversation?
Colorado lost 1,058 people to suicide last year, the highest number in state history. That puts Colorado’s suicide rate at 19.4 per 100,000 residents — seventh-highest in the country. Suicide kills more Coloradans each year than homicide, car crashes, diabetes, breast cancer, flu or pneumonia. It is the seventh leading cause of death for all Coloradans and second leading cause of death for young Coloradans.
“For too long, suicide has devastated Colorado families,” said Dr. Larry Wolk, executive director and chief medical officer at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. “We need to put our best minds and resources toward battling depression and preventing suicide.”
Excerpt from: The Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment - Office of Suicide Prevention, David Brendsel, Communications Specialist, Prevention Services 8.27.2015