Heroes Proceeds To Help Youth, Prevent Suicides Thru Mental Health First Aid Training

Posted 09/17/2015

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – To help identify early signs and to prevent youth suicides, AspenPointe is honored to announce the fundraising initiative for this year’s Heroes of Mental Health Luncheon will support the local Youth Mental Health First Aid Youth (YMHFA) training program.

1,058 people in Colorado completed suicide in 2014, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, a five percent increase from the previous year. Colorado currently ranks seventh in the nation for suicides.  
“Suicide kills more Coloradans each year than homicide, car crashes, diabetes, breast cancer, flu or pneumonia. It is the seventh leading cause of death of all Coloradans and second leading cause of death young Coloradans,” according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. 
Seven Colorado Springs students completed suicide in 2014.  Mental Health First Aid is a groundbreaking public education program that helps the public identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, 50 percent of mental illnesses begin by age 14.
MHFA classes started in 2009, and have trained more than 1,400 people in the region. The course is free because expenses are paid by fundraisers and donors.
Check the AspenPointe calendar for upcoming Mental Health First Aid training dates.
Guy and Jane Bennett are this year’s Heroes of Mental Health. Guy and Jane lost their son to suicide in 2002 at the age of 17. Since their son’s untimely death, the Bennetts have worked tirelessly in promoting suicide awareness and prevention. 
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