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Denver Firefighters to Share Bold Leadership March 11 in Suicide Prevention, Mental Health and Total Wellness

Public invited to March 11 Educational Forum and Discussion Hosted by the Suicide Prevention Coalition of Colorado

DENVER – Across the nation, first responders are experiencing unacceptable levels suicide deaths among the men and women who risk their lives to protect residents. Some bold Colorado first responder leaders are stepping forward to be vocal, visible and visionary in order to elevate the conversation around these difficult issues and make suicide prevention a health and safety priority within their departments.  All those interested in hearing about these innovative and successful practices are invited to attend an educational session and discussion hosted by the Suicide Prevention Coalition of Colorado on March 11th at 9:30am at the Arapahoe Douglas Mental Health Network in Englewood.

Presenters from the Denver Fire Department and the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office will facilitate the session and attending participants will be able to:

  • Understand why leaders from the first responder community are promoting  upstream suicide prevention and psychological safety training
  • See models of what suicide prevention in first responder communities can look like
  • Hear outcomes from a comprehensive approach from the Denver Fire Department   

“Education, resources and partnerships are the key to starting these difficult conversations,” said Division Chief of Safety and Training for the Denver Fire Department, Scott Heiss. “First responders are of the mindset that they are the help providers not the seekers. We have to reduce the stigma by bringing these issues out in the open and then developing successful strategies and tactics to prevent future tragedies.” 

This educational session is free and open to the public and will take place from 9:30-10:30 on March 11th at the Arapahoe Douglas Mental Health Network, 155 Inverness Drive West, 3rd Floor Kiowa Room, Englewood, CO 80112

Participants may call in at 712-432-0370 access code 597856#. For more information about this event, please contact Sally Spencer-Thomas at

For more information on first responders, mental health and suicide prevention, please visit these resources:

About the Suicide Prevention Coalition of Colorado:
The Suicide Prevention Coalition of Colorado (SPCC) was formed in 1999, when concerned citizens set out to create a statewide agency with the purpose of preventing suicide and creating a resource network for those who were working to prevent suicide around the state. Today, SPCC’s membership of concerned agencies, organizations and individuals who are working in the areas of suicide prevention, intervention and postvention has statewide reach. The mission of the SPCC is to reduce suicide and its impact for all Coloradans through advocacy, collaboration and education.

About the Denver Fire Department: Founded in 1866, the Denver Fire Department is dedicated to providing quality, timely and professional emergency services to those who live in, work in, and visit the City and County of Denver and the communities we serve; respecting each other through trust, pride, diversity, integrity, and training; and working together to achieve the highest levels of preparedness, prevention, and community involvement with dedication to purpose. Denver Firefighters opened their doors and their hearts to share painful lessons to help improve firefighter safety across the country and around the world with Denver Fire Department: Leadership So Everyone Goes Home, a National Fallen Firefighters Foundation documentary highlighting the department’s efforts to make improvements after the tragic loss of three Denver firefighters over a six-year period. The Denver Fire Department is on Facebook (DenverFireDepartmentCO) and Twitter (@Denver_Fire).