Hockey event benefits suicide prevention group |

Hockey event benefits suicide prevention group

Enterprise staff report

EAGLE — Join SpeakUp ReachOut, the suicide prevention coalition of Eagle County, and the Eagle County Emergency Responders Fund for a night at the Dobson Ice Arena in Vail on Saturday, March 19.

The family friendly event includes a hockey game, live music, prize drawings and big money contests. Tickets for the event can be purchased at

Doors open at 4:30 p.m. and the event will run until 10 p.m.

This first annual Hockey Enables Reaching Out Classic was started to raise money and community awareness for mental health and suicide prevention in our area; with a focus on the Emergency Responders who answer these calls on a daily basis and the effects it can have on their mental well being.

Consider the following statistics from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Colorado Violent Death Reporting System:

Colorado is ranked seventh in the nation for overall suicide deaths with 1,058 deaths in 2014.

Between 2004 and 2014 there were 196 suicide deaths among first responders in Colorado. This includes professions of corrections officer, dispatcher, EMS, fire, police and security.

More than 56 percent of these deaths were related to circumstances of current depressed mood.

45.6 percent of these deaths were also veterans of the armed services.

Research shows that men ages 25-54 in Colorado have the highest rate of suicide.

The event is being presented by Vail Recreation District, town of Vail, KSKE Radio and Kaleidoscope Productions. Event proceeds will go to SpeakUp ReachOut, which has a mission to prevent suicide in Eagle County by providing education, training, and hope. Visit for more information. Also benefitting from the event is the Eagle County Emergency Responders Fund, which works to raise and manage funds for the benefit of Eagle County emergency responders and their immediate families during times of hardship or crisis. Visit for more information

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