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Our Story

During a Colorado state convening on suicide prevention in 2012, it become clear that Colorado was in great need of more events to increase awareness, education, and support for suicide prevention.  A group of attendees partnered to host the first Elevating the Conversation Conference in 2013.  Those same individuals continue to serve on the 2018 Committee, marking the 5th annual Elevating the Conversation Conference.

Who We Are

Elevating the Conversation is an annual conference presented by a Colorado-based collaboration created for the purpose of sharing best practices in mental health treatment, suicide prevention, and intervention through resources, training and advocacy.

Why “Elevate the Conversation”?

  • According to the Colorado Health Institute, the annual number of suicides in Colorado has increased by 79% since 2000.
  • Suicide is the second leading cause of death for people ages 10-39.
  • 44,000 people die of suicide each year in the U.S.
    • 1/5 of those 44,000 are Veterans
  • A minimum of 150 people are exposed to every suicide death
    • 25 out of those 150 will have major life disruptions after that suicide death

We elevate the conversation because we must!  When you join the conversation, you help to increase awareness, learn and share best practices, and receive critical skills training in suicide risk assessment, management, and support.  Your voice and your participation is necessary for progress to continue.  Will you help us to #ElevatetheConvo?

2018 Elevating the Conversation Conference Agenda

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8:15am-9:00am                   Registration and Breakfast

9:00am-10:30am                The Intro: Who you are, and what you need from us                                                                                           @DocForeman: #SPSM: A Story of Aversion and Conversion                                                                               @BartAndrews: Lived Experience and Social Media: My Bromance

10:30am-10:45am             Break

10:45am-12:00pm             @DocForeman: We’re Not Afraid of the Right Things                                                                                            @BartAndrewsBecause Tribe – How new media and technology are helping us with old                                                                                                needs for connection in our mission

12:00pm-1:00pm               Lunch

12:00pm-1:30pm               Brain Crawl: Mental Health Technology Demonstration Stations                                                                                                                 presented by Lance Powers and the Open Labs Team

1:30pm-3:00pm                  Blue Whales, Logan Paul, & Safe Messaging: @BartAndrews and
@DocForeman disagree                                                         about social media for your education and amusement

3:00pm-3:30pm                  Q&A

Meet the 2018 Elevating the Conversation Committee

Colorado Behavioral Healthcare Council

Director, Mental Health First Aid Colorado

Nathaan Demers, Psy.D.

Colorado Psychological Association

Grit Digital Health

Vice President & Director of Clinical Programs

Sarah Burgamy, Psy.D.

Colorado Psychological Association



Brook Griese, Ph.D.

Judi’s House/

JAG Institute

Co-Founder &

Chief Executive Officer

Micki Burns, Ph.D.

Judi’s House/

JAG Institute

Chief Clinical Officer

Sally Spencer-Thomas, Psy.D.

International Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Impact Entrepreneur

Elevate the Convo

Register now to attend the 2018 Elevating the Conversation Conference on February 23, 2018 at CU South Denver.