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February 2014: Co-Hosted first “Elevate the Conversation” workshop 
with Dr. Thomas Joiner

March 2014: A Manager’s Guide to Suicide Postvention accepted to the National Best Practice Registry                                Best Practices Seal.jpg     Manager\'s Guide Cover.jpg

2013-2014 FIRE Within program expanded from 20 to 50 schools in Colorado
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April 2013:  Won “Small Nonprofit of the Year” from the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce
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June 2013:  Man Therapy launched in Australia
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April 2013:  Published  A Manager’s Guide to Suicide Postvention in the Workplace: 10 Action Steps for Dealing with the Aftermath of Suicide
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December 2013: FIRE Within accepted to the National Best Practice Registry

November 2012: Received $150,000 from Ittleson Foundation to begin national pilot expansion for FIRE Within

Champagne_Glasses.jpgJune 2013: Moved our offices to 1385 South Colorado Boulevard, Suite A-316 in Denver 

June 2013:  Produced Firefighters Coping with the Aftermath of Suicide (video)
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2012-2013: FIRE Within program expands from 10 to 20 schools


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July 9, 2012 – Launched Man Therapy program with an article in the New York Times
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2011 - 2012: The FIRE Within expanded to 10 Denver-area schools.

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June 28, 2012 – First annual Guys Night Out for Gentlemental Health                        2012 1st Guys Night Out Funny car.JPG

2012: Working Minds expands to Australia

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May 2011: Received $100,000 from Anschutz Foundation for men and suicide campaign.
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December 2011: Moved our offices to 450 Lincoln Street in Denver.

July 2011: Received $300,000 seed funding and a $200,000 matching challenge grant from Adolph Coors Foundation to scale the FIRE Within statewide. Formalized partnerships with Junior Achievement Rocky Mountain and the Second Wind Fund.  acf_logo.jpg


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June 2010: Working Minds toolkit accepted into the National Best Practice Registry for Suicide PreventionBest Practices Seal.jpg and implemented in such organizations as the United States Navy, United States Postal Service and the Department of Energy.

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2009 - 2010: The FIRE Within expanded to CEC Middle College in Denver and Rangeview High School in Aurora.


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November 2009: Published Working Minds: Suicide Prevention Toolkit.
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Spring 2009: The FIRE Within launched    
at Green Mountain High School in Lakewood.

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Holiday Healing - Candles and Tree

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June 2009: Established first office in Genesee, Colorado.
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May 2009: Published The Role of Faith Communities in Suicide Prevention: A Guidebook for Faith Leaders. 
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Helped create short suicide prevention film called
“Long Way Home” for parents of college students.
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2008 iCare Package program began. 2008 icare start - Books and resources in iCare package.jpg

Published “Peace of Mind” calendar promoting year-round mental health and suicide prevention.                           Peace of Minds calendar cover.jpg


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2007: Working Minds established as website (www.workingminds.org) offering workplaces a comprehensive approach to suicide prevention.


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June 2006: Awarded $16,500 from the Office of Suicide Prevention for research and development of Working Minds program.

October 2006: Received a $250,000 grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in partnership with Regis University and the BACCHUS Network. Dr. Kay Redfield Jamison speaks about living with bipolar illness and suicidal intensity.
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July 2005: Hosted first Shining Lights of Hope Gala and memorial golf tournament.

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January 2005: Carson’s closest friends and family members began meeting to determine how to best honor his life as an entrepreneur and business leader while finding bold ways to prevent what happened to him from happening to other people.

December 2005: Facilitated first Holiday Healing Candlelight Ceremony

April 2005: The Carson J Spencer Foundation gained 501(c)(3) status.

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Carson J Spencer died on December 7, 2004.