Locals raising awareness of suicide

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) Local families and friends of suicide victims are raising awareness of suicide in remembrance of their loved ones.

About 150 people walked around Canyon View Park Saturday to raise money for local and national suicide prevention and research.

"I've lost quite a few people to suicide as well, most recent one being my brother's death," said Carrie Pell, a member of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. "This allowed me to, you know, I felt like I was doing something to help somebody else out in the same position he was in."

Colorado is among the top ten states with the highest number of suicides, Pell said. She's encouraging people to have open, non-judgmental conversations about suicide in an effort to prevent it.

"If we're willing to listen it's a real big help because a lot of times talking it through is the first step," Pell said. "Friends and families are always going to be the first people that they go to."

This was the first time the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention held a walk on the Western Slope. The event raised more than $10,000.