T I M E L I N E
Invited to participate in World Health Organization’s World Suicide Report in Geneva
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
2013-2014 FIRE Within program expanded from 20 to 50 schools in Colorado
April 2013: Won “Small Nonprofit of the Year” from the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce
June 2013: Man Therapy launched in Australia
April 2013: Published A Manager’s Guide to Suicide Postvention in the Workplace: 10 Action Steps for Dealing with the Aftermath of Suicide
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
June 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)
2012-2013: FIRE Within program expands from 10 to 20 schools
July 9, 2012 – Launched Man Therapy program with an article in the New York Times
2011 - 2012: The FIRE Within expanded to 10 Denver-area schools.
June 28, 2012 – First annual Guys Night Out for Gentlemental Health
2012: Working Minds expands to Australia
May 2011: Received $100,000 from Anschutz Foundation for men and suicide campaign.
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.
June 2010: Working Minds toolkit accepted into the National Best Practice Registry for Suicide Prevention and implemented in such organizations as the United States Navy, United States Postal Service and the Department of Energy.
2009 - 2010: The FIRE Within expanded to CEC Middle College in Denver and Rangeview High School in Aurora.
November 2009: Published Working Minds: Suicide Prevention Toolkit.
Spring 2009: The FIRE Within launched
at Green Mountain High School in Lakewood.
Holiday Healing - Candles and Tree
June 2009: Established first office in Genesee, Colorado.
May 2009: Published The Role of Faith Communities in Suicide Prevention: A Guidebook for Faith Leaders.
Helped create short suicide prevention film called
“Long Way Home” for parents of college students.
2008 iCare Package program began.
Published “Peace of Mind” calendar promoting year-round mental health and suicide prevention.
2007: Working Minds established as website (www.workingminds.org) offering workplaces a comprehensive approach to suicide prevention.
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.
July 2005: Hosted first Shining Lights of Hope Gala and memorial golf tournament.
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.
Carson J Spencer died on December 7, 2004.