Aching from a string of farmer suicides and other rural mental health challenges, neighbors in eastern Colorado are learning how to check in on one another. While the idea of informal mental health support is far from new, the need in eastern Colorado was pressing. In Kiowa County, a rural area of about 1,500 people just west of Kansas, four men with ties to the county died by suicide in 2018, three of them in a two-week period.

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