Two hundred and twenty-one Mesa County
residents have completed suicide since 2011. As a community, we can reduce that
number through outreach, education and support.
Mesa County Health Department, along
with the Western Colorado Suicide Prevention Foundation, the Grand Junction VA
Medical Center and Colorado Mesa University, are prompting residents to
#BeThe1To make a difference to prevent suicide locally.
People who are connected with other
individuals are less lonely and feel less socially isolated, making them more
likely to reach out if having suicidal thoughts. Reaching out to friends,
family members and coworkers can mean the difference between life and death.
Destigmatizing the topic and removing
judgement is also a sizable piece of the puzzle. It removes barriers and
transforms suicide from being an individual issue to a community one. 
How will you #BeThe1To? Come see us at
the Grand Junction Farmers Market Sept. 1 from 5:30 – 8 p.m. and tell us. Learn
the warning signs. Learn the risk factors. Be the one to start the
Resources are available to Mesa County
residents who are ready to #BeThe1To.
Suicide is everyone’s business – make
it yours.

For more insight on this community
problem, review the Mesa County Health Department 2015
Suicide Report