Advocacy group raises suicide awareness

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo (KKCO) -- It's a permanent solution to a temporary problem. The National Alliance on Mental Illnesses Western Slope is asking for your help to save lives.

NAMI is launching a "Bench and Banner" fundraiser to raise awareness about suicide. Organizers need $10,800 over the next 45 days to buy advertising messages for the next year. Each banner will explain suicide warning signs and what you can do to help. The suicide rate in Mesa County is higher than both the state and national averages.

"Our community motto should be 'no more secrets;' it's time that we bring the darkness to light, and let people realize that there is help for them," said Leslie Kent, President of NAMI Western Slope.

"All of us in this community, we're going to be the ones that are going to reduce the rate of suicide," said Karen Levad, Executive Director of the Western Colorado Suicide Prevention Foundation.

NAMI is the nation's largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness.

For more information on NAMI Western Slope, the Western Colorado Suicide Prevention Foundation and the Bench and Banner Campaign, visit the related links below.

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