Suicide Prevention Summit: Summary Report
Suicide Prevention Community Summit: Summary Report
Durango, Colo. – The Suicide Prevention Community Summit held Thursday evening, May 11th at Miller Middle School was a considerable success with over 700 attendees, demonstrating the commitment of community members to address this issue. Both the suicide awareness and intervention training and break-out sessions were well attended, and the resource tables and feedback gallery had high engagement from attendees.
In creating a plan for collaboration of community partners, SJBPH has chosen the 10 Pillars of a Suicide Safer Community as a guide. This framework was developed by LivingWorks and more information can be found at www.livingworks.net/community.
San Juan Basin Public Health (SJBPH) has compiled a summary report from the feedback gathered from both the feedback gallery and the break-out sessions and aligned responses with the 10 Pillars of a Suicide Safer Community framework. Of note were two areas of emphasis identified by respondents; Mental Health and Wellness Promotion, and Suicide Prevention Awareness, both of which will be emphasized in the forthcoming Action Plan.
Preventing suicide is a challenge that will require combining the many existing community resources, as well as developing some new ones. Over the next few months, SJBPH will convene partners to develop a long-term strategy through the Action Plan. While the Action Plan is under development, SJBPH is ready to continue the conversation started at the Suicide Prevention Community Summit through a mental health stigma reduction campaign. Please look for the campaign to begin in the next few months and for information on many additional efforts to follow.
The Suicide Prevention Community Summit Summary Report can be found here, and on SJPBH’s website under Newsfeed.
San Juan Basin Public Health is a local public health agency governed by a seven member local Board of Health, serving all residents of Archuleta and La Plata counties. For close to 70 years, San Juan Basin Public Health has improved the health and environment of southwest Colorado.