Your Healthy Family: Race For Hope raising money for teen suicide prevention in Colorado Springs

Posted at 1:44 PM, Sep 06, 2018
and last updated 2019-07-09 11:27:44-04


In this Your Healthy Family we’re keeping a focus on mental health and mental health treatment in our community.  Again this year local law enforcement is joining forces helping raise money for Mayfield Counseling so they can help people who can’t afford treatment, but desperately need it with a focus on teen suicide prevention.

Lieutenant Lori Harrell is with the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office and is organizing, the Race For Hope.  This year it’s happening on Saturday September 15th, from 8 in the morning till noon at Overdrive Raceway in Colorado Springs.

In its second year, Lt. Harrell says the purpose behind the Race For Hope is as important as ever.  “Our community is our youth and it’s important for community members, not just law enforcement get involved and do what we can to help build our future.”

As a business in the heart of the community working so hard to raise awareness of mental health issues, Overdrive Raceway is once again hosting the event and donating all the funds from the go kart racing that day, 8 a.m. to noon to Mayfield Counseling.

Jim Mundle is the owner of Overdrive Raceway, “This one hits close to home.  Teenage suicide and schools that were affected are right around Overdrive where we are located and we need to get it eradicated.”

Lieutenant Harrell has involved more law enforcement agencies, with Colorado State Patrol, and Fountain Police joining the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office and Colorado Springs Police department, who will all have officers and deputies on hand so you can have a chance to race them.

Lt. Harrell says, “We are trying to make it a bigger event and have more activities for people and kids.  We will have a car show, food trucks and bounce houses and we are going to do a silent auction. You might be able to do a little trash talking to the cops and challenge them to race, and i know they will accept the challenge, and who knows, you might beat them and you won’t get a ticket for it.”

All the money raised up to $10,000 dollars will be matched by Perkins Motors and it will all make a tangible difference in our community in raising awareness of teen suicide prevention.

Dr. Mark Mayfield, is the founder and CEO of Mayfield Counseling and says, “It’s good to see the community coming together and to see law enforcement and Overdrive, Perkins Motors and Safe2tell all  come forward to support our mission at Mayfield counseling. It’s great to see suicides and suicide rates have gone down significantly in our community.”

It’s a trend Dr. Mayfield, and everyone involved in this important fundraising activity want to see continue.  In a Your Health Family story next week, I’ll tell you more about how much money was raised last year and exactly how Mayfield Counseling used it to help people struggling with mental health issues here in our community.