District 51's sea of green to open mental health conversation

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- Grand Valley middle and high school students are hoping to change minds about mental illness.

It's a sea of green to kick off the second annual Kindness is Contagious week, and, this year, students are hoping to change opinions about mental illness.

Students said they wan to reverse negative actions, that can spiral into millions of other similar actions, and take it in a positive direction.

Students have created social media accounts on to follow along:
Twitter and Snapchat handles for the event are @grandvalleykic.

A Facebook page has been created at fb.me/grandvalleykic.

While those students are going green for mental illness, suicide crisis line phone numbers are being stuck inside every middle and high school bathroom stall in District 51.

Emily Shockley, the district spokesperson said similar posters have always been up in the schools, but this year officials really hope to open the conversation about suicide.

That way students will have an easier time finding help for themselves or for a friend.

Those numbers include:
* Crisis Text Line - text HELLO to 741741
* Colorado Crisis Services - 1-888-493-8255, or text TALK to 38255
* Mind Springs Crisis Line - 1-888-207-4004, or 970-241-6022
* National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - 1-800-273-8255

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