Suicide in our community; Manning a helpline is lifeline for one survivor

GRETEL DAUGHERTY/The Daily Sentinel—Ruth Gossen lost her son Larry to suicide. Gossen turned sorrow into joy by volunteering as a helpline counselor.



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GRETEL DAUGHERTY/The Daily Sentinel—Ruth Gossen lost her son Larry to suicide. Gossen turned sorrow into joy by volunteering as a helpline counselor.

It was a crisp November night 37 years ago. I heard the shot and, though I didn’t know it yet, began to make my transition from sorrow into joy. Motivated by my son Larry’s death,…




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Thanks you Daily Sentinel for running this series. Suicide is a terrible problem in Colorado and the Western Slope.  Many are not even properly reported—small towns and such—but get officially listed as ‘accidents.’ So the numbers are probably somewhat higher even.  We need to talk about it.  We need to deal with it.  We need to fund proper healthcare, including mental healthcare.

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