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There are plenty of ways to help advance the cause of suicide prevention—and reduce the stigma surrounding this important topic. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention's annual community walks are just one example. (Photo courtesy of JK Photography)

Get Involved: Suicide Prevention

Four ways to support organizations locally—and become a better mental health advocate. 

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Play Ball

The Colorado chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is hosting a night at Coors Field. While the Rockies take on the Los Angeles Dodgers, a portion of your ticket price will benefit the AFSP. Bonus: There will be a postgame fireworks display. Friday, September 25, 6:10 p.m., $20–$30, rockies.com/afsp

Walk Tall

Support the youth suicide prevention work of Second Wind Fund during the 14th annual Second Wind Walk/Run—choose between the one-mile, three-mile, and 5K routes—at Littleton’s Clement Park, which is preceded by a memorial dove release. Registration includes lunch and a T-shirt. Sunday, September 27, 10 a.m.–3 p.m., $25–$45

(Also check out AFSP’s Out of the Darkness Community Walks, which are held throughout the country. Denver’s is on October 3 at Coors Field.)

Give Your Time

The 11-year-old Carson J Spencer Foundation is widely lauded for its innovative suicide prevention programs. Lend a hand by working with youth to develop strategies for improving wellness and resiliency among their peers through the Fire Within program or by volunteering to fill iCare packages for people bereaved by suicide.

Get Trained

It takes a village to save a life—but most of us have no idea what the symptoms of a mental health crisis are. Suicide prevention advocates want to make that type of training as common as CPR. We’ve got plenty of work to do to reach that goal, but there are a number of effective programs in Colorado:

(Read “The Truth About Suicide in Colorado,” our in-depth look at Colorado’s high suicide rate.)

If you or someone you know is in crisis, call 1-844-493-TALK(8255), or visit coloradocrisisservices.org.

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