Local high school students offer "sources of strength" to peers in unique color run

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT) -- More than 100 people took a stroll around Primary Care Partners in Grand Junction for an awareness event created by high school students, for their community.

Students from Palisade High School organized a "Sources of Strength Stroll," to not only raise awareness about teen suicide, but offer concrete strategies to prevent it.

According to the Center for Disease Control, about 157,000 young Americans (between the ages of 10 and 24) are treated in emergency rooms for self-inflicted injuries each year. More than 4,000 die from suicide attempts.

So, these passionate teens set out to show their peers how they can rely on eight sources of strength, in times of crisis.

The sources are evidence-based suggestions, built by a national campaign to end teen suicide. They are, medical access, family support, positive friends, mentors, healthy activities, generosity, and spirituality.

Typically, each source of strength is represented on a color wheel. So, the Palisade students who led the stroll set out to create a healthy activity that offered a visual representation of all eight things.

A one-mile color run/walk was just the ticket.

Students from across the district were invited to help out, and the Lion's Club provided free water for participants.

"I feel like kids in our school need more healthy alternatives to go to rather than negative ones, and putting on this event can lead them to those healthy activities," Student Organizer Alex Andrina Jenne said.