In recognition of Suicide Prevention Month, The Center for Mental Health (The Center) is hosting a community presentation and discussion about preventing suicide in our community.

The Center will facilitate a presentation and discussion about suicide in the community on Sept. 21 from 5:30 p.m to 7 p.m. at the Montrose Event Center located at 1036 N. Seventh St., Montrose. Guests can meet the presenters and other attendees and enjoy lite snacks and refreshments from 5:30 to 6 p.m. The presentation and discussion will start at 6 p.m. There will be an opportunity to ask questions and get information about community resources.

Guest presenters are experienced mental health clinicians who have lived and worked in our community for a number of years. Dr. Nic Taylor, Ph.D., Ed Hagins, LPC, and Laura Byard, LPC, will be presenting on suicide in our community and answering the questions: What leads to suicide and how can I stop suicides in our community?

Suicide is one of the leading causes of death in the United States and it does not discriminate — people of all backgrounds, income levels and ages are affected. During the meeting we will explore some of the reasons for the high rate of suicides in rural Colorado and across the Rocky Mountain West, while providing guidance on how to recognize warning signs and risk factors, and how to take action to prevent suicides.

The Center believes that suicide is preventable and is proud to provide a variety of resources and educational opportunities to support those who may be suffering, as well as those who are ready to help.

The Center has clinicians trained to aid clients who are experiencing thoughts of suicide, we work with our local schools to identify and help students at risk, and partner with law enforcement to respond with mental health clinicians alongside law enforcement when necessary. In addition, The Center provides classes for community members to learn how to recognize the warning signs and help family members, friends, and colleagues who may be experiencing a mental health crisis.

The Center also operates a local support line, as well as the Crisis Walk-In Center in Montrose. These resources are available 24/7, 365 days per year, and all clients are accepted at the Crisis Walk-In Center regardless of their ability to pay.

This September, break the stigma, talk about suicide, and learn how to be a resource for your community. Join the experts on September 21 to open the door to talking about preventing suicides in our community.

If you, or someone you know, is living with suicidal ideation, waiting is not an option — your prompt response could save a life. Call The Center Support Line at 970.252.6220 or visit our Crisis Walk-in Center in Montrose, both open 24/7 365 days a year. The Colorado Crisis Services Line can also be reached at 1-844-493-TALK (8255) or text “Talk” to 38255.

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