Grand Valley disc golf community discusses suicide prevention at ‘Survivor Bowl’

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KJCT) – “We have lost two members of the Grand Valley disc golf community, Ryan Burns and Nathan Parker,” said Tony Serna of Grand Valley Disc Golf Club. “They were both very good members and friends of the disc golf community.”

Suicide is a subject often avoided to discuss, but it is this stigma that the disc golf community wants to erase.

“Especially men, they’re expected to take on a tough personality and hold back their feelings, and that’s part of why these people commit suicide,” Serna said.

According to the Mesa County Public Health 2020 Suicide Report, more men died by suicide in 2020, and the two age groups that saw the most suicide deaths were ages 20-29 and ages 50+.

Aaron Torline stressed that people should ask for help: “The most important thing is that the person should be willing to ask for help, and that’s what we’re trying to promote here today. It’s just awareness and saying it’s okay to ask for help.

A bench was placed along the Colorado River in memory of Burns and Parker.

“We’re going to have a plaque that will be placed on it, and it will have the two names of the deceased and the saying, ‘it’s okay to ask for help’ and the National Suicide Prevention Hotline,” Torline added. .

If you or someone you know is struggling with suicidal thoughts, you can call the National Suicide Prevention Line at 1-800-273-8255.

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