Imagine Zero is a coalition of professionals, agencies, and community members who meet to improve interagency communication and coordination of services around suicide prevention. Through our collaboration we strive to build a wider and stronger safety net of suicide prevention resources in Northern Colorado.
Imagine Zero provides an opportunity to come together to work on community-wide strategies for suicide prevention, learn about resources and projects already existing in Northern Colorado, and discuss ways we can better connect with one another.
We believe that when our agencies come together to weave a true net of care and cooperation, individuals experiencing the despair that precedes suicide will not go unseen and unheard. Someone, somewhere, in our tightly woven net of agencies will notice and know exactly how to respond in a way that builds connection for this individual. Eventually, our community will no longer be one where we puzzle over the excessive suicide rates. Instead, we will be a community of connection, where no individual could possibly fall through our tightly woven net of safety and support.
Our coalition has prioritized interagency communication above all, but also recognizes the need to improve mental health outreach and education for youth and parents, to normalize the conversation around suicide, and to increase access to mental health care for all children, youth and families.
We support and actively participate in the state-wide Zero Suicide initiative. We believe in the Zero Suicide model and encourage interagency communication and collaboration as we work towards shifting the culture of Northern Colorado to a Zero Suicide region.
Kimberly Pratt, M.A., Educator and Clinician, Suicide Education and Support Services: Suicide Education and Support Services chose to be involved with the Imagine Zero Coalition because we know how impactful suicide is on Northern Colorado and Imagine Zero has created a collaborative environment for agencies and the community. We love that this coalition offers us the opportunity to learn about what other agencies are doing and also provides us with relevant, educational opportunities every month. We know that there are a lot of competing agencies across Northern Colorado, but in Imagine Zero the competition goes away and what we are left with is a group of motivated, passionate individuals working together to stop suicide.