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Chinook Medical Gear supports mental wellness and suicide prevention for first responders

Chinook Medical Gear sponsors locally-based Guardian Initiatives, a nonprofit that exists to improve and increase mental wellness support for first responders throughout the Four Corners.

In December 2022, a Guardian Initiatives team of four will participate in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge — a self-supported, 3,000-mile rowing race across the Atlantic Ocean. As a sponsor, Chinook Medical Gear will work closely with the racers to develop a medical kit that will include everything they will need for their 30 to 45 days at sea.

Guardian Initiatives was founded in 2019 when police officers Mark Pfetzer and Jarrod ­­­­Slindee recognized the need for mental wellness and suicide prevention initiatives geared toward the unique challenges that first responders face.

The nonprofit partners with local agencies and clinicians to build programs that promote mental wellness. One of its goals is to break the stigma and remove barriers to treatment, so all first responders have access to the help they need.

Chinook Medical Gear is a veteran and Native American owned medical gear supply company that has been part of the Durango business landscape for the past 30 years.

For more information or to contribute, visit www.chinookmed.com/givingback.