Event to raise awareness — and funds — for suicide prevention

Roger Sheffield

A new event is planned to not only raise awareness of suicide prevention, but also funding for mental health programs in Western Colorado.

The Mind Springs Foundation has scheduled Pedal for Prevention for Sept. 26 and 27. Participants can not only ride a bike, but also go for a run, play a round of golf or participate in any activity they chose in their own communities. During the event, participants are encouraged to take photos or videos of their activities and share them on a Facebook event page.

Registration fees begin at $25 and include a commemorative t-shirt. To register or obtain more information, visit www.MindSpringsFoundation.org/pedalforprevention.

Alpine Bank, Bay Equity Mortgage and Doehling Law will sponsor the event.

“Suicide has impacted many people in Colorado, and we wanted to create an event where those who have lost family or friends to suicide can honor their loved ones while raising awareness of suicide prevention measures,” said Roger Sheffield, president of the Mind Springs Foundation.  “With the ongoing pandemic, it seemed most logical to host a virtual event instead of an in-person gathering.”

The Mind Springs Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Mind Springs Health as well as West Springs Hospital in Grand Junction and supports mental health services, programs, and innovations in the organization’s 10-county region in Western Colorado.

Mind Springs Health provides counseling and therapy for people and families dealing with mental health issues and recovering from substance abuse and addiction For more information, visit www.mindspringshealth.org.