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With the rate of suicide on the rise over the last three decades, mental health advocates, survivors, and allies are working together to raise awareness and help those contemplating suicide as well as those who have been impacted by it. In Colorado, suicide remains a prominent cause of death among the 45-64 age group and a leading cause of death among those ages 10-24.¹ Nationally, over 38,000 people die as a

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which begins in October, aims to raise awareness and increase knowledge surrounding breast cancer, the second-most common cause of death in women. Increased awareness and subsequent funding has allowed for tremendous advances in the diagnosis and treatment of this disease and lowered mortality rates as a result. In hopes of helping to continue this trend, we’ve detailed everything you need to know about breast cancer awareness

Health benefits top the list in employee must-haves, but it is the most expensive benefit to provide. Only 47% of firms with 3 to 9 workers offer coverage. Businesses who can afford to provide health insurance are faced with passing this year’s hikes to their employees. The average annual premiums for employer-sponsored health insurance in 2018 are $6,896 for single coverage and $19,616 for family coverage. (Kaiser Family Foundation) Pay employees to visit the family doctorHealth

What if you suddenly lost your job and health benefits? This was Sharon's reality before becoming a member of our Colorado Springs PeakMed community. For six weeks she suffered in pain due to a back injury and was low on medication needed to manage her asthma and hypertension. She began rationing her high blood pressure pills because she couldn't afford to see the doctor or pay for her prescriptions."I thought,

Flu shots are available at your local PeakMed LifeCenter and you might consider getting one. Last year’s 2017-2018 flu season broke records in Colorado with over 4-thousand people hospitalized. (CDPHE) Coloradan’s ages 6-months and older are encouraged to get a flu shot, especially the elderly and those with weak immune systems. The vaccine takes about two weeks to take effect so October and November is a great time to get it.Three facts about flu vaccines You need