This is my third year as co-captain of this amazing team and I couldn't be more proud! I am so psyched that we'll be able to ride together this summer for this incredibly important cause!!!
My journey with mental health started with my father who struggled with anxiety and depression; he turned to alcohol. Now as a mother of three young adults and learning about the struggles that so many youth deal with, I wanted to get involved.
The suicide rate in Colorado is now 2nd highest in the nation and suicide is the leading cause of death in Colorado for kids ages 10-14. One in five youth are affected by mental illness and only one of three of those affected receive mental health services. Now, I am really concerned about the long-term effects of the isolation due to the pandemic and the social and emotional toll on our youth who rely on social interaction for developmental growth. This is on top of what has been a growing epidemic even pre-covid. We've all been profoundly impacted by so many who struggle.
While raising critical funds is so important, my bigger picture goal is to raise awareness and BREAK THE STIGMA against the shame that surrounds mental health.
Thank you so much in advance for supporting us all in this much needed endeavor.
With deepest gratitude,