Community forum on suicide scheduled for Wednesday, May 23

It is not easy coordinating times and locations in a busy place—and we live in a busy place. But through some luck and persistence we have a spot and a time for a public forum to discuss suicide.

That topic doesn’t sound very appealing and it isn’t, but it is important. Too many people in our community are dancing on the edge and they are not always easy to see. But there are signs and if we can make some people more aware of how to help their community, it will be a good thing.

So basically, the Crested Butte News along with KBUT hope to bring a little light to a difficult and uncomfortable subject that has too often been impacting us this spring.

We haven’t firmed up the entire panel of participants yet but the idea is for the public to be able to ask questions and talk to local experts who can give answers based in fact and experience. So the topics of mental health and suicide will be the center of the discussion on Wednesday evening, May 23.

The forum will take place at the Crested Butte Community School multi-purpose room. The forum will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will be broadcast on KBUT after NPR concludes All Things Considered. We hope that those with questions come and ask them. We bet that the questions will help all of us trying to understand and the answer will guide those trying to help.

We honestly don’t know if having this open, public, community forum will help but we figure it might—and given our spring situation, that would be considered a positive.

—Mark Reaman and Chad Reich

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