Suicide Prevention Summit - 2021 - Voices of Hope in Suicide Prevention - MIRECC / CoE
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Suicide Prevention Summit - 2021 - Voices of Hope in Suicide Prevention

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Voices of Hope in Suicide Prevention: 2021 Suicide Prevention Month Virtual Summit


This virtual event is hosted by the VA Eastern Colorado Healtcare System (ECHCS).
The event will be on September 22, 2021 from 9:30-2:30pm Mountain Time (11:30-4:30 ET).
Register for the summit on Eventbrite.

2021 Suicide Prevention Summit Topics

Opening Remarks 9:30-10:00 am MT

Panel 1: Welfare Checks- Experiences from the Field

Moderator: Edgar Villarreal - VA Eastern Colorado Healthcare System - Suicide Prevention Program Manager


  • Gregory Hughes, LICSW - National Care Coordination Director - Veterans and Military Crisis Line
  • Eric Wood - Grand Junction Police Department - Co-Responder Program
  • Carleigh Sailon - Program Manager - Denver Support Team Assisted Response (STAR) Program
  • Crystal Tabor - Lead Peer Support Coordinator - VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System

Panel 2: Suicide Prevention is Everyone’s Business: Redefining Our Roles in Suicide Prevention

Moderator: James Gallanos, LCSW - VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System - Suicide Prevention Coordinator


  • Jennifer Daniels - Coordinator of the Mesa County Suicide Prevention Coalition and the Colorado National Collaborative (CNC) for Mesa County
  • Nathan Souder - Superintendent, National Park Services, Colorado National Monument

Panel 3: Supporting Veterans in Periods of Transition

Moderator: Ben Kramer - VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System - Suicide Prevention Coordinator


  • Melissa Armstrong - Volunteers of America
  • Diane Ricci - Veteran Community Partnership
  • Marie Hargrove - Military 2 VA

Panel 4: Lethal Means Safety and Safety Planning Success Stories - From Theory to Practice (1:30 PM – 2:30 PM)

Moderator: Rainy Reaman


  • Joseph Simonetti, MD, MPH - VA Eastern Colorado Healthcare System and Rocky Mountain MIRECC - discussing "What is Lethal Means Safety? And how does it relate to suicide prevention efforts?"
  • Matt Wetenkamp - Veteran Suicide Prevention Coordinator, Office of Suicide Prevention, CDPHE - discussing "An Introduction to the Colorado Gun Shop Project"
  • Nathan Rudolph - Peer Support Specialist and Firearm Advocate - VA Western Colorado Healthcare System and Sabra Lin O’Crotty - Manager - Rocky Mountain Gun Club - discussing the "Partnership between Gun Shop Project Firearm Advocates and Community Retail Gun Club"
  • Emily Humphrey - Director - Larimer County Criminal Justice Services - discussing "An Introduction to the Juvenile Gun Safety Coalition and their Suicide Prevention PSA campaign"

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1700 N Wheeling St, G-3-116M
Aurora, CO 80045

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Last Updated 7 September 2021