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Walk intended to raise suicide awareness

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Dear Editor:

I am so fortunate to go to work every day at Grand Junction High School where I am surrounded by a remarkable group of students and staff. The rash of suicides throughout this valley, but especially within our high school, has made this school year indescribably difficult. Many of the students I work with wanted to do more to help curb this tragic trend. It was out of this desire that a group of students in a college-preparatory program called RISE decided to help organize a community walk called RISE Above the Silence, scheduled to take place on April 22 from 6:30 to 8:30 on CMU's campus.

The walk's premise is to let those struggling with mental illness and suicidal ideation know that they do not have to suffer in silence. It's the idea that as a community, we can come together to tear down the stigmas surrounding mental illness and suicide and let others know that they are not alone. The students have created a website to register for the event, and individuals can donate to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention on the behalf of the RISE students.

I am truly in awe of all that these students have accomplished and all that they will continue to accomplish. I would strongly encourage you to join these amazing young men and women in their quest to raise awareness about suicide and bring about its prevention in this valley. I know that I will! For more information, please visit www.riseabovethesilence.weebly.com.

Mariah McCune
GJHS English/
RISE Teacher
Grand Junction

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