GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - One non-profit is hoping to help those with mental illness by increasing awareness and highlighting local resources offered.
Healthier Colorado hosted their second annual Heroes In Health event that brings people together to start a discussion on issues of mental health and wellness.
Organizers say this comes during a crucial time for the Western Slope as they say Mesa County is viewed as a "health professional shortage area".
The event started off with some arts and crafts followed by a group of kids and parents that geared up for a bike parade along 12 St. wearing capes to show the next generation the importance of this topic
"Right now people are often concerned, they feel embarrassed to seek treatment. They feel embarrassed to talk about what their condition might be. We want that to be gone because that impedes people to help themselves and seek treatment," said Ryan Sims, Communications Manager of Healthier Colorado.
Organizers also say they want people to think about mental health as an electoral issue and want candidates to view it as high priority.