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Jarrod Hindman, director of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s Office of Suicide Prevention, speaks during the Yampa Valley Mental Health Conference on Saturday at the Sheraton Steamboat Resort.

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Yampa Valley Mental Health Conference draws 155

It’s not sexy to talk about suicide, but that’s what Jarrod Hindman, director of the Colorado Office of Suicide Prevention, did Saturday afternoon at the Sheraton Steamboat Resort. To an audience of 155 people at the first Yampa Valley Mental Health Conference: Building a Caring Community, the lunchtime keynote speaker addressed the elephant in the room of the suicide realm: men and depression. “There’s a cultural stigma against seeking help,” Hindman said. “Especially in the West, the notion is, ‘Suck it up, pick yourself up by your bootstraps and take care of it on your own.’”

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