I am riding the Courage Classic in honor of the kids, their families, and the medical staff within the Pediatric ICU affected by the mental health crisis happening in Colorado. Suicide rates have been increasing over the past few years and are now up by 200%. Suicide is now the #1 cause of death in children 10 years and older in Colorado.
The awareness, support, and resources for both preventative interventions and mental health treatment are lacking. As with any other disease or illness involving the heart or liver, for example, mental health diagnoses need to be taken seriously and treated.
The Courage Classic is both a personal challenge and an opportunity to support positive outcomes for kids and families who rely on Children's Colorado for care. I will be riding my bike over 80 miles in the beautiful Rocky Mountains as a member of the PICU Peloton and would love your support!