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Your Healthy Family: How the Race For Hope is changing lives and preventing teen suicides

Posted at 10:26 AM, Sep 10, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-11 05:57:32-04

COLORADO SPRINGS – Today is World Suicide Prevention day and I’m focusing on one part of a local effort that’s been working, and continues to work to reduce teen suicide and raise awareness in El Paso County.

Mayfield Counseling is a non-profit group, who opened offices in the Briargate area specifically to raise awareness and work on suicide prevention among teens in the area.  Dr. Mark Mayfield is the founder and CEO  of Mayfield Counseling who tells me progress has been made, but this is a fight that will never end.

“I don’t think we can ever declare victory.  We will never be able to prevent every suicide, but we can do our best to reach the core issues and work with schools and churches in the community to emphasise the underlying areas of mental health, wellness and mental resilience.”

Mayfield Counseling has been just one part of a total community effort that’s involved local businesses, school, churches, law enforcement and medical professionals to all address the changing social norms and struggles teens face.

Dr. Mayfield says, “The organizations in this area have done a great job.  We know for instance that Safe2tell has seen a 180 to 200% increase in reports this last year, and it’s great people are getting help but how do we lower that number so that people are getting more intentional mental health and emotional health support beyond the crisis stages of things.”

Susan Payne, the executive director of Safe2tell says, “Interventions are up there were 2,800 suicide interventions statewide last school year, which means more kids recognize the warning signs in their peers, and taking action to get them help.”

Last year’s Race for Hope was just one of many community efforts to help raise awareness of teen suicide.  It not only raised awareness, but actual dollars that Mayfield Counseling put to use in people’s lives.

Dr. Mayfield explains, “Last year we were able to raise $13,000 for our scholarship fund, that helped 13 people over 6 months, which is a big deal.  We would love to double that this year, that would be amazing.”

Again the 2018 Race For Hope is happening this Saturday September 15th at Overdrive Raceway in Colorado Springs.  It’s a family friendly event with plenty of new and free activities this year, like a car show and bounce houses. Food trucks will also be there and you can Race a cop, with all the money raised going to Mayfield Counseling, which will be matches dollar for dollar up to $10,000 by Perkins Motors.

We hope we will to see you there, to help prevent teen suicide, raise awareness, and make a real difference in people’s lives.  To learn more about this year’s Race For Hope click here for the Your Healthy Family all about it.