Beanstalk Foundation

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CJSF Firefighters

$1 250.00
Start date: 
Monday, April 22, 2013
End date: 
5 years 1 month ago
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Colorado Fallen Firefighters Foundation is proud to support the Carson J Spencer Foundation's mission and have contributed $1750 toward the completion of this video.

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Fire & Life Safety Educators of Colorado proudly supports this video project and have contributed $500 for the benefit of first responders.

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We're proud to kick off Sally's challenge with a $200 seed!

Help Firefighters fight suicide

Join the Carson J Spencer Foundation in helping some of Denver’s most heroic overcome tragedy

The Challenge:

Sally Spencer-Thomas and the Carson J Spencer Foundation need your help to make an inspiring and educational video to help firefighters overcome the tragedy of suicide. The video will illustrate the many ways suicide affects firefighters, showing a need to develop resources to support people in its aftermath. It will also provide strategies and resources to best support firefighters affected by suicide, beginning the process of transitioning firefighters from the crisis of suicide to prevention efforts.

The fire service has often had a cultural taboo on dealing directly with mental health challenges such as trauma and grief. This video will help model for firefighters that it is understandable to be affected by difficult suicide calls and the suicidal behavior or death of a co-worker. By normalizing these concerns, firefighters will be better able to take action to help support those affected and eventually take greater steps in suicide prevention efforts.


How Much?




May 20, 2013



Locally, 2,500 firefighters and the people who support them in Denver, and eventually all across the United States


Extra Funds Use:

  • Promotional and/or supplemental education materials for the film
  • Funding for another first responder video, or a second fire service video





Complete cost of filming and production is $3500.

CJS Foundation has received $2250 from two wonderful committed partners:

And additional resources and support from South Metro Fire Rescue.

Cover photo by jeshua.nace via Flickr. Creative Commons: Some rights reserved.

Challenge Leader

Sally Spencer-Thomas

Sally Spencer-Thomas was on the fast track to the career of her dreams. In 1995, she graduated with her Doctorate in Psychology from the University of Denver.

Project Info

Carson J Spencer Foundation

Sally Spencer-Thomas started the Carson J Spencer Foundation after her brother Carson died by suicide.