City of Aspen to host community mental health events this month


The City of Aspen and Mind Springs Health will host two events this month to raise awareness and provide resources for mental health and wellness.

“We see mental health as a critical issue and intend to be an active part of the conversation so that Aspen people feel comfortable talking about it, asking for help and asking questions. necessary to help others, ”the mayor of Aspen Torre said in a statement. Release.

A mental health first aid course will be held Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Aspen Police Department Community Hall (540 East Main St.), with instructions on how to spot signs of seizures and mental health challenges as well as training on what to do during a mental health emergency. Registration is required at

Later this month, the city will present “Aspen Together: A Collective Movement for Mental Health Awareness,” scheduled for November 29 at the Wheeler Opera House.

Doors will open at 5 p.m. for a resource fair, followed from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. by a presentation on how to identify people in crisis or who may be considering suicide, as well as an open discussion with panelists who have first hand experience of mental illness. health issues, either themselves or with a loved one.

The November events are just the start of what officials and organizers envision as an ongoing focus on mental health programming. Candice Carpenter Olson hopes to secure funds to continue the workshops well beyond February; Torre also sees potential for more events and collaboration in the future.

“The city does not guarantee the events of the series (Here House), but we recognize that they are a valuable addition to promote awareness, conversation and information,” Torre wrote in an email. “It will be great in the future to work with Here House and other organizations to collaborate on a series of outreach and conferences throughout the year on community mental health.”

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