As the rate of teen suicide continues to climb, a Boulder County nonprofit is hosting a fundraiser to help combat the issue.

Rise Against Suicide is hosting its 10th annual Emerge 5K at 9 a.m. May 1 at the Boulder Reservoir to raise money to support its mission of combating child suicide by providing free counseling to uninsured or underinsured children in the Saint Vrain Valley and Boulder Valley school districts.

Each child the nonprofit assists gets an initial eight sessions with a licensed therapist, but 12 or more additional free sessions are available if the therapist sees fit. Rise Against Suicide has a roster of therapists that are able to help a child within 72 hours of them being referred for treatment.

That quick response is what sets Rise Against Suicide apart, said Kaleigh Radebaugh, the organization’s development coordinator.

“It can take up to weeks for someone to see a therapist,” Radebaugh said “And a lot of time, we don’t have weeks. So we made a roster of therapists that we can call at pretty much any time, and get a child the help they deserve.”

According to a Daily Camera article, there were almost 200 suicide attempts in 2021 made by people from ages 17 to 20 in Boulder County alone. That number is increasing.

“For youth in Boulder County, visits to ERs for suicidal ideation rose 47% and ER visits for suicide attempts was 111% higher in 2021 than in 2020.” said Andi Jason, a member of the board of directors for Rise Against Suicide.

In May 2021, Colorado Children’s Hospital declared an emergency state for children’s mental health. According to a letter on the hospital’s website, “Children’s Colorado has seen a 90% increase in demand for behavioral health treatment in the past two years.”

In the same letter, David Brumbaugh, chief medical officer for Children’s Colorado, said, “There have been many weeks in 2021 that the No. 1 reason for presenting to our emergency department is a suicide attempt. Our kids have run out of resilience — their tanks are empty.”

While participating in the Emerge 5K is free, participants and other community members are encouraged to donate to Rise Against Suicide at riseagainstsuicide.org/emerge-5k. Donations up to $25,000 will be matched thanks to a pledge by Laura and Andy Lee, according to the nonprofit’s website.

Participants will run near the Boulder Reservoir, where there will also be live music by the Kutandara Youth Band. Their performance will be broadcast on the nonprofit’s website as well.

“The need is real. Our kids are not OK. Our community can make a difference and we are making a difference in the lives of our children. No child should have to suffer alone with suicidal thoughts.” Jason said.

To donate to Rise Against Suicide, visit bit.ly/3LrtSRf.

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As the rate of teen suicide continues to climb, a Boulder County nonprofit is hosting a fundraiser to help combat the issue.

Rise Against Suicide is hosting its 10th annual Emerge 5K at 9 a.m. May 1 at the Boulder Reservoir to raise money to support its mission of combating child suicide by providing free counseling to uninsured or underinsured children in the Saint Vrain Valley and Boulder Valley school districts.

Each child the nonprofit assists gets an initial eight sessions with a licensed therapist, but 12 or more additional free sessions are available if the therapist sees fit. Rise Against Suicide has a roster of therapists that are able to help a child within 72 hours of them being referred for treatment.

That quick response is what sets Rise Against Suicide apart, said Kaleigh Radebaugh, the organization’s development coordinator.

“It can take up to weeks for someone to see a therapist,” Radebaugh said “And a lot of time, we don’t have weeks. So we made a roster of therapists that we can call at pretty much any time, and get a child the help they deserve.”

According to a Daily Camera article, there were almost 200 suicide attempts in 2021 made by people from ages 17 to 20 in Boulder County alone. That number is increasing.

“For youth in Boulder County, visits to ERs for suicidal ideation rose 47% and ER visits for suicide attempts was 111% higher in 2021 than in 2020.” said Andi Jason, a member of the board of directors for Rise Against Suicide.

In May 2021, Colorado Children’s Hospital declared an emergency state for children’s mental health. According to a letter on the hospital’s website, “Children’s Colorado has seen a 90% increase in demand for behavioral health treatment in the past two years.”

In the same letter, David Brumbaugh, chief medical officer for Children’s Colorado, said, “There have been many weeks in 2021 that the No. 1 reason for presenting to our emergency department is a suicide attempt. Our kids have run out of resilience — their tanks are empty.”

While participating in the Emerge 5K is free, participants and other community members are encouraged to donate to Rise Against Suicide at riseagainstsuicide.org/emerge-5k. Donations up to $25,000 will be matched thanks to a pledge by Laura and Andy Lee, according to the nonprofit’s website.

Participants will run near the Boulder Reservoir, where there will also be live music by the Kutandara Youth Band. Their performance will be broadcast on the nonprofit’s website as well.

“The need is real. Our kids are not OK. Our community can make a difference and we are making a difference in the lives of our children. No child should have to suffer alone with suicidal thoughts.” Jason said.

To donate to Rise Against Suicide, visit bit.ly/3LrtSRf.

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