Senator Gardner holds teen suicide prevention round table

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KJCT/KKCO) -- Monday, Senator Cory Gardner visits Grand Junction to ask local leaders if privacy laws and regulations are keeping agencies from sharing vital information that could stop teen suicides.

In a round table discussion at the county health department, local leaders dove into the topic of youth self-harm, and the ways their agencies might be able to share information to protect children.

"We’re trying to understand where the barriers are in sharing data and information,” Gardner said.

The Mesa County Sheriff, D51 Superintendent of Schools, and public health leaders were all in attendance.

“You do want to have serious security and privacy laws, so are their ways to build more transparency within systems without compromising safety and security,” Superintendent Diana Sirko said.