GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — According to Mind Springs, a foundation that supports mental health services, every seven hours, a person dies by suicide in Colorado, and as suicide rates in the Rocky Mountain region rise, Mind Springs is spreading suicide prevention awareness. To conclude National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, Mind Springs is holding a virtual event called “Pedal for Prevention,” which wants people to take action against suicide by being active.
Shiara Hickey Caubarreaux from Mind Springs says with “2020 being an unusual year, we really wanted to be creative, so with this event we are walking, running, biking, golfing, whatever gets us moving” to spread suicide prevention awareness. And although the pandemic has “Pedal for Prevention” forcing people to move separately, as a community, people are still together by supporting this cause.
Suicide prevention is even more important in the Grand Valley since “Colorado has above average suicide rates,” and in Grand Junction and other mountain towns, the rate is even higher due to people feeling isolated, says Hickey Caubarreaux.
Derek Trombetta, founder of 970 Muscle also says, “one of the biggest struggles people have is belonging. They don’t understand, and they don’t think other people are going through the same thing.” Therefore, in order to build that sense of belonging, as well as show a connected community, people are participating in “Pedal for Prevention.”
Trombetta says, “we know how essential mental health is and how essential fitness is,” so putting the two together can be beneficial.
Still, suicide prevention awareness does not stop at the end of September, so if you would like to make a donation to help with this mental health crisis visit: https://www.mindspringsfoundation.org/pedalforprevention/