Call To Action 2021

Thank you to all those who were able to join us yesterday for the Suicide Prevention Collaborative’s Suicide Awareness Month: Call to Action event- and an immense thank you to each one of our fantastic speakers who presented.

The presentations yesterday shared an overview of the action the Collaborative has taken, outcomes, and future plans to reduce the rate of suicide in El Paso County. They also shared opportunities and concrete ways you or your organizations can join the efforts in a way that your capacity allows. These opportunities and actions are included at the end of each presentation, as well as in the final presentation “Call to Action- Summary & Next Steps”.

The full recording of yesterday’s event is linked below, and the individual PowerPoint presentations have also been attached as PDFs.

Click here for the full zoom recording of the Call to Action Event

Individual Presentations:

1. Emergency Responders & Suicide Prevention
Ann Rush, PhD (she/her/hers) – Co-Founder & Development Director, Status: Code 4, Inc (SC4i)

2. Lethal Means & Firearms Safety
Erik Wallace, MD, FACP (he/him/his)– University of Colorado School of Medicine, Faculty Associate for Center for Bioethics & Humanities

Link to the Firearms Safety Video:

  • Click on “CC” in the bottom right of the video for closed captioning options.
  • A Spanish version is also available upon request.
  • Please share with your networks and on social media platforms!

3. Youth Suicide, Data & Prevention
Meghan Haynes, MPH (she/her/hers) – Public Health Planner, El Paso County Public Health

4. LGBTQ+ Youth & Suicide Prevention
Alissa Smith (they/them or she/her) – Communications Manager, Inside Out Youth Services

5. Zero Suicide & CAMS System of Care
Andrew Evans (he/him/his) – President, Collaborative Assessment & Management of Suicide;

Dymond Ruybal, MPH (she/her/hers) – Training & Outreach Coordinator, Office of Suicide Prevention Violence & Injury Prevention – Mental Health Promotion Branch

6. Postvention: Prevention & Intervention
Cassandra Walton (she/her/hers) – Executive Director, Pikes Peak Suicide Prevention Partnership; and Co-Chair, The Suicide Prevention Collaborative of El Paso County

7. Call to Action –Summary & Next Steps

  • Resources:
    • Colorado Crisis Services: 1-844-493-8255 or Text “TALK” to 38255
    • Walk-in location: 115 S. Parkside Dr., Colorado Springs, CO 80910

For more information on The Suicide Prevention Collaborative of El Paso County and how to get involved with the efforts of the Work Groups- contact Nicole Johnston, Project Manager at CHP at or visit the website at

Reminder: upcoming events to support organizations working with the Collaborative:

  • Inside Out Youth Services’ AllyUp! event on October 6, 2021.

For more details:

  • Pikes Peak Suicide Prevention Partnership’s Surviving the Storm Fundraising Gala on October 22, 2021.

For more details:

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