State Innovation Model (SIM)
The Colorado State Innovation Model (SIM) Local Public Health funding seeks to improve the behavioral health and wellness of communities that reside in Archuleta, La Plata, and San Juan counties through maximizing access to behavioral health preventive services, developing partnership, and building systems that support community-clinical linkages.
The main goal of the San Juan Basin Public Health (SJBPH) SIM project is to reduce the rate of completed and attempted suicide across the Southwest region, especially targeting vulnerable sub-populations. This will require all of our community members and organizations to work together.
Program Manager | 970 335 2091
Help and hope are available 24 / 7 / 365.
Colorado Crisis Line | 1-844-493-TALK
National Suicide Prevention | 1-800-273-TALK
Axis Health System Crisis Line | 970-247-5245
Trevor Project- LGBTQ | 1-866-488-7386
One way that SJBPH is continuing this community conversation is through working with a coalition of partner organizations on a new public health campaign called “Let’s Talk Colorado.” The campaign spotlights the stigma around mental illness so that the people who need this type of help are more likely to seek it.
The campaign stresses that talking about mental illness and a person’s mental health struggles can “save a life,” so it’s worth dealing with some awkwardness or embarrassment at not knowing what to say. If you or someone you know is in need of support, please contact Colorado Crisis Services at 1-844-493-TALK (8255), text “TALK” to 38255, or go to www.coloradocrisisservices.org to access a live chat available in 17 languages. Help and hope are available 24 / 7 / 365.
To learn more visit the website www.letstalkco.org. Let’s get the conversation started.
In efforts to increase community awareness around the issue of suicide, SJBPH hosted a community suicide prevention summit on May 11th, attracting over 700 participants. The summit provided a starting point for community stakeholders to express the key things that we need to focus on to prevent suicide.
Another way SJBPH is addressing the issue of suicide is through developing a comprehensive public health plan for a suicide safer community, following Living Works 10 Pillars framework: www.livingworks.net/community. This will involve developing community partnerships in both La Plata, San Juan, and Archuleta counties, aimed at carrying out a comprehensive action plan.