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The Castle Rock Police Department is rallying together to bring more awareness to mental health and suicide. CRPD invites the community to talk about mental health in its second annual Rally of Hope event on Friday, Sept. 24.
The event will take place at Festival Park in Downtown Castle Rock from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Participants will have access to more than a dozen Colorado-based mental health providers who will be available to answer questions and provide information and resources. In addition, there will be multiple food trucks, sidewalk chalk for kids and a number of licensed therapy animals to include dogs and mini horses.
“Last year, we saw a huge increase in the number of calls for service that involved people struggling with their mental health,” said Castle Rock Police Commander Sam Varela. “The pandemic has had lasting effects on people’s social lives, work and academic studies and mental well-being. Our goal is to take steps in erasing the stigma of suicide and mental health disorders. By working toward supporting one another, we can start to come up with some solutions.”
Among the therapy animals will be Castle Rock Police Department’s own police therapy dog, Buttercup. Buttercup joined School Resource Officer Scott Gillespie in his duties at Castle View High School at the end of the 2020-21 school year.
“Even though she arrived late in the semester, Buttercup made an immediate impact with our students,” said Gillespie. “She logged more than 7,000 positive interactions with CVHS students to include 40 interventions for students in crisis, 70 interactions with students with special needs and 60 counseling interviews.”
“A Rally of Hope” is held in September which is National Suicide Awareness Month.
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