Mental Health Awareness Events in November
Jami McMannes, Communications Manager, City of Aspen, 970-765-4752, Jami.McMannes@cityofaspen.com
Stephanie Keister, Public Relations Director, Mind Springs Health, 970-384-3028, SKeister@mindspringshealth.org
Aspen, Colo. – Friday, Nov. 12, 2021 – The City of Aspen, along with Mind Springs Health, will host two upcoming events in November, both of which are designed to raise awareness about mental health and wellness. The events are free and open to the public.
A Mental Health First Aid course is being offered on Thursday, November 18 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Aspen Police Department Community Room, located at 540 East Main Street. This course is available to anyone who would like to learn how to identify and recognize the signs of someone experiencing a mental health crisis or challenge. The course also provides training on what to do in a mental health emergency and where to go for help. Implemented throughout the world, Mental Health First Aid training helps reduce stigma, enhances behavioral health literacy, and improves the mental health of participants. Registration is required, lunch is provided.
“The City of Aspen knows that there is a lot being done in the community to try to unmute mental health,” said Mayor Torre with the City of Aspen. “Sometimes people have good days and sometimes they have bad days. It’s ok not to feel ok. Mental health is a practice, and we want to help people through this practice. We see mental health as a critical issue and intend to be active participants in the conversation so that people in Aspen feel comfortable talking about it, asking for help, and asking the questions needed to help others.”
On Monday, November 29, the City of Aspen will present Aspen Together: A collective movement for mental health awareness from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Wheeler Opera House, 320 East Hyman Avenue. Doors will open at 5 p.m. so attendees can participate in a resource fair with local mental health organizations. A presentation will begin at 6 p.m. and will feature mental health professionals who serve the Roaring Fork Valley. Presenters will discuss how to identify individuals in crisis or who may be considering suicide. Additionally, a panel of individuals who have personally struggled with mental health themselves or with a loved one, will have an open discussion about their stories.
“As we approach the winter months where the days are becoming shorter and darker, many in our community struggle with mental health and substance abuse issues,” said Kayla Bailey, Program Director at Mind Springs Health in Aspen. “We know that behavioral health issues impact mountain resort communities in a unique way and anyone may be witness to a mental health crisis – whether their own, a child’s, a spouse’s, or a co-worker’s. We’re very appreciative that the City of Aspen is bringing the community together before the holidays and peak ski season to ensure our residents, employees, and visitors have access to the resources they need, while employers, parents, and others have tools to help identify a potential crisis situation.”
For more information about both events and to register, visit www.cityofaspen.com/AspenTogether.
About the City of Aspen:
The City of Aspen’s mission is to engage with positive civil dialogue, provide the highest quality innovative and efficient municipal services, steward the natural environment, and support a healthy and sustainable community for the benefit of future generations with respect for the work of our predecessors. The City provides support services to the community by convening resources and empowering conversations about what affects those who work, live, and play in Aspen.
About Mind Springs Health:
Mind Springs Health is the Western Slope’s largest provider of counseling and therapy for mental wellness and assists individuals and families dealing with and recovering from substance abuse and addiction. Covering a 23,000-square mile area in Eagle, Garfield, Grand, Jackson, Mesa, Moffat, Pitkin, Rio Blanco, Routt, and Summit counties, Mind Springs Health offers a continuum of mental health care with crisis response services, twelve offices for outpatient treatment, and West Springs Hospital, the only psychiatric hospital between Denver and Salt Lake City.