MESA COUNTY, Colo. - Suicide is a problem that the Grand Valley is all too familiar with. As a way to help with the issue, Mesa County Public Health is hosting a series of suicide prevention community forums.
After the first suicide prevention forum, one man who attended is now working to help the Spanish speaking community who may not be getting that information.
Mesa County resident Joe Guajardo noticed something he wanted to change after attending the first suicide prevention forum this year.
“It would be very beneficial to the Spanish speaking community if one of these days, a forum could be done in Spanish,” said Guajardo.
He feels the Spanish speaking community may be missing out on critical information.
“Maybe they were not aware of it, maybe if it’s not in Spanish they prefer to stay away,” said Guajardo.
So now Guajardo attends these forums to gather suicide prevention tips and share it with those who are in need of help.
“There are parts of our population that we have not reached yet about suicide prevention and this is just one way we can better reach our community members,” said Sarah Robinson of Mesa County Public Health.
Guajardo plans to continue to work with M.C.P.H. to share that information, in hopes of benefitting others.