The Mountain Village Town Council, in partnership with Tri-County Health Network, has declared September 2021 National Suicide Prevention Month.
In a proclamation adopted at its August 2021 meeting, the town council recognizes suicide as a national, statewide and local public health problem and suicide prevention is a national, statewide and local responsibility.
Organizations such as the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and Tri-County Health Network are dedicated to saving lives and bringing hope to those affected by suicide, through research, education, advocacy and resources for those who have lost someone to suicide or who struggle, and urge that we:
- Recognize suicide as a preventable national, state, and local public health problem and declare suicide prevention to be a priority.
- Acknowledge that no single suicide prevention program or effort will be appropriate for all populations or communities.
- Address the disparity in access to mental healthcare for underrepresented groups, and advocate for ending these disparities
- Fund new suicide research to support culturally informed and evidence-based mental health care and services.
- Promote awareness that there is no single cause for suicide, and that suicide most often occurs when stressors exceed the coping abilities of someone struggling with a mental health condition.
- Develop and implement strategies to improve and increase access to quality mental health, substance use, and suicide prevention services and programs.
The Mountain Village Town Council, calls upon the citizens, government agencies, public and private institutions, businesses and schools in the Town of Mountain Village to recommit our community to increasing awareness and understanding of the many reasons why suicide occurs in our community, the steps our citizens can take to help their fellow citizens who are considering suicide, and the need for appropriate and accessible services for all people who are living with mental health challenges.
Join Tri-County Health Network and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention-Colorado Chapter for a Suicide Prevention Walk on Sunday, Sept. 26 starting at Town Park in Telluride.Visit our event calendar for more information.
Tri-County Health is also hosting Safe Talk, a free course that teaches participants how to prevent suicide by recognizing signs, symptoms, and available community resources, on September 21 and offers Mental Health First Aid classes periodically throughout the year.
If you know someone who is struggling with their mental health, please see our previous blog post listing free local mental health resources.