September is Suicide Awareness Month

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- To bring light to an important issue, September has been named "Suicide Awareness Month".

2018 had the most suicides in Mesa County in the last five years. According to the Mesa County Health Department's 2018 report, 55 people in the county took their lives last year. Suicide rates are higher in the state of Colorado than the national average, and suicide rates in Mesa County, are even worse.

During this month, we're reminded to reminded to reach out to those who may be in need of some help.

"It's important for people in our community to be aware suicide can happen and that it's really okay to talk to people and ask if someone's okay, if they're thinking of hurting themselves and know that there's statewide resources that can help," said Michelle Hoy, Executive Vice President at Mind Springs Health.

Mind Springs is hosting a Recovery Festival on September 14 to celebrate those who have overcome, or are working to overcome, their struggle with suicide.

If you would like someone to talk to, you can call Colorado Crisis Services' Hotline. That number is 1-844-493-8255. You can also text "TALK" to 38255.