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Your Healthy Family: Race for Hope raises funds for teen suicide prevention

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As a cop and as someone who lives in this community and as a parent, I think this is a really important event, and teen suicide is one of the most significant issues in our community. -- Sheriff Bill Elder As a cop and as someone who lives in this community and as a parent, I think this is a really important event, and teen suicide is one of the most significant issues in our community. -- Sheriff Bill Elder
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As we continue to keep a focus on mental health in our community especially as it relates to teens and suicide prevention, it’s worth noting that when I began talking with national experts over a year ago about the suicide cluster in our area, Dr. Scott Poland told me it will take every part of our community coming together to get kids the help they need.

There's an event happening this Saturday morning, November 11th at Overdrive Raceway is doing just that.  The Race for Hope is the brainchild of El Paso County Sheriff's Office Lieutenant Lori Harrel.

Lori says, “I see this teen suicide crisis from two sides. I see it from the law enforcement side, and of course we respond to these calls for service both in the county and and in Colorado Springs.  I also see it from the parent side as a parent myself.  Seeing both sides, and just really wanting to do something to  help the kids, and let them know that there is somebody out there to help them get through things, and that there are alternatives.”

When Jim and James Mundle, owners of Overdrive Raceway in Colorado Springs were approached by Lieutenant Harrel with the idea of hosting a fundraiser for suicide prevention efforts in the community, they jumped at the chance to help.  James says, “The El Paso County Sheriff's Office reached out to us through their community outreach program to try to spread suicide prevention awareness here in Colorado Springs,and it's incredibly important to us to be a part of the community.”

Lieutenant Harrel next recruited her boss Sheriff Bill Elder and Colorado Springs Police Chief Pete Carey.  Chief Carey says, “As a cop and as someone who lives in this community and as a parent, I think this is a really important event, and teen suicide is one of the most significant issues in our community.”

Sheriff Elder adds, “We always talk about public private partnerships, and this is a perfect example of those partnerships.  The public part being the sheriff's office the police department, our deputies and cops coming together to support this event.  The private partnership is the community businesses, Overdrive Raceway, Perkins Motors, Mayfield Counseling, that are showing community support.”

Perkins Motors is putting up $10,000.00 in matching funds for every dollar raised at the event. David Perkins is the President of Perkins Motors.  “Having a family business here in this community, it's our responsibility and obligation to be involved and help and do everything we can to help the community.  Providing the counseling is not our forte, but we have some financial resources that can help the folks who are experts in that arena be able to do what they do best.”

Mayfield Counseling is a non-profit mental health provider directly confronting the crisis by opening a new location on the north end of Colorado Springs.  Dr. Mark Mayfield, President and CEO says, “It's not going to be Mayfield Counseling Centers alone, it's not going to be another agency alone, and it's not going to be one person that's going to going to change the course of this community, it's going to be all of us doing our part and coming together.”

Safe2tell Colorado is another key player that’s helping to bring this event together.  In our next Your Healthy Family story, I'll tell you more about the event and how you can have a chance to race against police officers and deputies, even Sheriff Elder and Chief Carey.

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