First live event since February was very special.

The Speak Up Reach Out (SURO) event in Edward, Colorado was the first live event I’ve done since February. COVID-19 shut down most live events. However, they did this one outside within guidelines as people sat on lawn chairs spaced apart. Although it doesn’t appear to be so, attendance was great with some 80 people attending this outdoor walk event.

Earlier that week, air quality was unbreathable due to fires. Then it snowed and was stormy. But Saturday, September 12, 2020 in Edward, Colorado? It was gorgeous.

The SURO organization is really amazing and I love how they work together with other nonprofits and government agencies, businesses, and the Vail Daily News to offer training and educate. We don’t want more in this club. And for that to happen, we have to tell our stories.

Vail Daily News did a great job publicizing the events with the following articles.

From Vail Daily News: Remembering suicide losses, dedicating community to prevention at SpeakUp ReachOut event in Edwards ‘We have to speak up and reach out every day of the year.’

Mental health expert to present at Saturday’s Community Walk and Memorial for National Suicide Prevention Month

During National Suicide Prevention Month, make a difference in someone’s life even if you’re not a mental health expert

Butterfly banner of all the loved ones who died by suicide remembered that day as we celebrated life and suicide prevention in Eagle County Colorado.
And I went up another 10 feet to make it 12k ft. Highest I’ve ever been.
A physical distancing selfie with friends Tamara and Lloyd Braswell, an emotionally naked love story stars. (They live in Denver Colorado and came to the event.)
Emily Boyd from Speak Up, Reach Out and Anne Moss Rogers. This is a “physical distancing” selfie

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AnneMoss Rogers

AnneMoss Rogers is a mental health and suicide education expert, mental health speaker, suicide prevention trainer and consultant. She is author of the Book, Diary of a Broken Mind and co-author of Emotionally Naked: A Teacher's Guide to Preventing Suicide and Recognizing Students at Risk with Kim O'Brien PhD, LICSW. She raised two boys, Richard and Charles, and lost her younger son, Charles to addiction and suicide on June 5, 2015. She is a motivational speaker who empowers by educating and provides life saving strategies and emotionally healthy coping skills. As talented and funny as Charles was, letting other people know they matter was his greatest gift. And now that's the legacy she carries forward in her son's memory. Mental Health Speakers Website.

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