More than 20 local organizations will participate in a bike parade, mental wellness fair and free lunch on Saturday to promote mental health resources in the Grand Valley.
“Heroes in Health” will be the second such event that statewide advocacy group Healthier Colorado has hosted in Grand Junction.
Last year’s fair was the most successful event in the state, said Executive Director Jake Williams.
“Anywhere you go in the state, invariably mental health is among the top concerns,” Williams said. “Improving mental health access is still a need in Mesa County, but it’s also come a long way. It’s about destigmatizing mental health but also celebrating what Mesa County has done and making sure people are aware of the resources out there.”
Molly Johnson of Crossroads Fitness said while her organization specializes in physical fitness, health can go beyond that.
“As a community we can strive to approach health as a holistic journey together,” Johnson said. “Social, physical, financial, professional, spiritual and mental health are equal fundamentals in our overall well-being.”
The event is not only for people who have been personally affected by mental health, Williams said.
“If you want to do something good for the community, have a good time and get free lunch, this is the event for you,” he said.
The event starts with a bike-decorating and sign-making session at 9:30 a.m. at Lincoln Park, then a bike parade will take place around the park at 10 a.m.
The parade route is south on 12th Street, west on Main Street, north on Fifth Street and east on Gunnison Avenue.
The lunch, community wellness fair and performance by the Grand Junction High School marching band will start at Lincoln Park at 10:45 a.m. and go until 12:30 p.m.