What's Happening

The Aspen Hope Center hosts, co-sponsors and participates in a continuous variety of events. Check back frequently for updates, schedules and information on current happenings.

Ring the Bell at the Bridge

September 26, 2015
Registration begins at 7:30am
New Creation Church

Check out the flyer or call Erin Alfstad at (970) 355-4770 for more info

Past Events

  • Bike and Yoga for Hope!
  • Suicide Prevention
  • Hope Center Turns Five
  • Hockey for Hope 2015
  • Aspen Cares
  • Seva Flow Yoga
  • Ring the Bell at the Bridge 5k
  • Suicide Prevention Kickoff
  • Misconceptions of Grief
  • Autism Trauma
  • PA-14_midsummer

About Us

Our mission is to extend a beacon of hope to those in emotional crisis and offer a continuum of comprehensive care while steadfastly working to decrease the stigma of mental illness through expert clinical care, public education, community collaboration and outreach.

  • Population
    Target Population
  • Area
    Area Served
  • Partnerships
    Partnerships
  • Statistics
    Statistics
  • FAQs
    FAQs

The Aspen Hope Center serves individuals of all ages. Each year the Hope Center averages 600 new crisis clients served.

  • 59% Female
  • 41% Male
  • 12% age 14 and under
  • 24% ages 15-25
  • 22% ages 26-35
  • 17% ages 36-50
  • 24% ages 51-65
  • 1% over age 66

The Aspen Hope Center was formed primarily to serve Pitkin County, yet over time, the services provided have begun to span down valley. Today, approximately 50% of the individuals served are from the mid-valley and lower-valley catchment. Though the Hope Center assists callers with information and referral services when a call is received from outside the valley and even outside the state, the mobile crisis and VIOP services are only provided to those in the immediate Roaring Fork Valley area.

The Aspen Hope Center is proud to partner with organizations throughout Roaring Fork Valley and beyond on a wide variety of projects and events. Click below to learn more about these unique organizations.

There are approximately 38,000 suicides in the United States each year

For every completed suicide, there are about 25 suicide attempts

This is equal to 950,000 suicide attempts nation wide each year

Colorado is always in the top 10 in the country for suicides

Pitkin County averages 4 suicides per year

Per the CDC, suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death for individuals between the ages of 18-25

Though in children aged 10-14, suicide is only the 7th leading cause of death, this is a 70% increase since 1980

How do I know if someone might be considering suicide?
Look for changes in their behavior: more irritable, more withdrawn, gives away his/her favorite things, changes his/her will or bank accounts, starts drinking or using substances or does these things more frequently than before.
What would push someone to become suicidal?
Every person’s threshold for stress is different, what some people can weather, others cannot. Some people have more support systems or coping strategies that others. Life situations can make people suicidal: divorce or relationship loss, death of loved one, life transitions, financial turmoil/stress, diagnosis of serious illness or medical issue causing loss of activity. Any situation can push individuals to feel overwhelmed, helpless or hopeless.
What do I do if I feel like someone might be at risk for suicide?
Tell them. Express your concerns and try to get them to see a counselor who can appropriately assess his/her risk level. Seek help for them and then provide them with information. Oftentimes people in crisis or in the midst of depression do not have the capacity to seek help on their own. Not because they don’t want to, but they don’t know what to say or where to go. Pride, status, history, many things can be barriers to seeking help.
What do I do if they refuse help?
Continue to express your concerns, continue to ask if they have sought out help. If they express thoughts of death or suicide, call a hotline while with them. If you feel they are in imminent danger, you can always have a welfare check done with law enforcement. This is where a law enforcement officer will visit a home and check on someone who may be at risk for self-harm.
What happens once they see a counselor?
Each assessment focuses on the person’s level of risk and safety. If you can get them to a counselor, a doctor, or hospital, do not leave. HIPAA prohibits many in the mental health profession from breaching confidentiality and hence, have limited capabilities to speak to those who may have valuable information or major concerns. Often, when in the presence of a counselor or doctor, people can become shameful or minimize their pain when they begin to talk. A loved one or friend can help by sharing concerns and perhaps examples of situations that pose danger to the individual. The most important thing to remember is that if you have serious concerns, stick by the person, don’t leave their side.
Population
Target Population

The Aspen Hope Center serves individuals of all ages. Each year the Hope Center averages 600 new crisis clients served.

  • 59% Female
  • 41% Male
  • 12% age 14 and under
  • 24% ages 15-25
  • 22% ages 26-35
  • 17% ages 36-50
  • 24% ages 51-65
  • 1% over age 66
Area
Area Served

The Aspen Hope Center was formed primarily to serve Pitkin County, yet over time, the services provided have begun to span down valley. Today, approximately 50% of the individuals served are from the mid-valley and lower-valley catchment. Though the Hope Center assists callers with information and referral services when a call is received from outside the valley and even outside the state, the mobile crisis and VIOP services are only provided to those in the immediate Roaring Fork Valley area.

Partnerships
Partnerships

The Aspen Hope Center is proud to partner with organizations throughout Roaring Fork Valley and beyond on a wide variety of projects and events. Click below to learn more about these unique organizations.

Statistics
Statistics

There are approximately 38,000 suicides in the United States each year

For every completed suicide, there are about 25 suicide attempts

This is equal to 950,000 suicide attempts nation wide each year

Colorado is always in the top 10 in the country for suicides

Pitkin County averages 4 suicides per year

Per the CDC, suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death for individuals between the ages of 18-25

Though in children aged 10-14, suicide is only the 7th leading cause of death, this is a 70% increase since 1980

FAQs
FAQs
How do I know if someone might be considering suicide?
Look for changes in their behavior: more irritable, more withdrawn, gives away his/her favorite things, changes his/her will or bank accounts, starts drinking or using substances or does these things more frequently than before.
What would push someone to become suicidal?
Every person’s threshold for stress is different, what some people can weather, others cannot. Some people have more support systems or coping strategies that others. Life situations can make people suicidal: divorce or relationship loss, death of loved one, life transitions, financial turmoil/stress, diagnosis of serious illness or medical issue causing loss of activity. Any situation can push individuals to feel overwhelmed, helpless or hopeless.
What do I do if I feel like someone might be at risk for suicide?
Tell them. Express your concerns and try to get them to see a counselor who can appropriately assess his/her risk level. Seek help for them and then provide them with information. Oftentimes people in crisis or in the midst of depression do not have the capacity to seek help on their own. Not because they don’t want to, but they don’t know what to say or where to go. Pride, status, history, many things can be barriers to seeking help.
What do I do if they refuse help?
Continue to express your concerns, continue to ask if they have sought out help. If they express thoughts of death or suicide, call a hotline while with them. If you feel they are in imminent danger, you can always have a welfare check done with law enforcement. This is where a law enforcement officer will visit a home and check on someone who may be at risk for self-harm.
What happens once they see a counselor?
Each assessment focuses on the person’s level of risk and safety. If you can get them to a counselor, a doctor, or hospital, do not leave. HIPAA prohibits many in the mental health profession from breaching confidentiality and hence, have limited capabilities to speak to those who may have valuable information or major concerns. Often, when in the presence of a counselor or doctor, people can become shameful or minimize their pain when they begin to talk. A loved one or friend can help by sharing concerns and perhaps examples of situations that pose danger to the individual. The most important thing to remember is that if you have serious concerns, stick by the person, don’t leave their side.

Our Services

The Aspen Hope Center provides a specific array of services that were designed to decrease the stress of navigating the convoluted system of mental health and most importantly, to tighten the reins on the gaps found in the services provided in the valley. Click below for more details.

Education + Support

The Aspen Hope Center provides a wide variety of support services and community classes.

Groups


Classes

Our People

Staff


Board

Our Thanks

The Aspen Hope Center is indebted to the businesses, organizations and individuals who continuously fund and bolster our mission and efforts. Click below to learn more about our generous supporters.

  • Ambassador's Circle
  • Businesses
  • Grantors
  • Individuals
  • Sponsors

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Mommy Matters

A Social Group for New Moms

Looking for a chance to connect with other moms who've “been there, done that” and will really understand? Join us for Mommy Matters, a social group for new moms and their babies!

Mommy Matters gathers twice a month in Basalt and provides a chance for new mothers from up and down the valley to relax and socialize with other moms and their little ones. Join us for a little downtime and discussion.

  • Share your favorite “tricks of the trade”
  • Laugh about the absurdities that are a normal part of parenthood
  • Get support for those challenging times
  • Discover easily accessible and practical resources for new parents
  • Learn about local, child-friendly activities that are good for baby's development and fun, too!
  • Find answers to those burning questions

Mommy Matters is sponsored by the Aspen Hope Center and is facilitated by Mia Wilson, a licensed psychotherapist.

Mia serves children, teens, adults and parents in her private practice and also works as an early childhood consultant. In addition, she is also a mom!

For more information or to get on the email list, call Mia at 970.618.8660

Cost is by donation and all proceeds support the Aspen Hope Center.

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Life Line Group

You're not alone
970.925.5858

Losing a friend or loved one leaves an empty space in your heart and soul. Our group of individuals have all experienced that loss. In their grief, they have experienced feelings of anger, abandonment, guilt, deep sadness and more. Yet, with support and understanding, they have found Hope.

Come join others who have walked the path you are on. They understand your heartache and will offer support on the road to healing.

The lifeline group meets on a regular basis as well as in times of crisis. If you or someone you know needs support, please call 970.925.5858 for more information and directions.

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Women's Support & Empowerment Group

Empowering women to have strength, courage and confidence.

The Women's Support & Empowerment Group is designed to assist women with addressing the unique issues that they face each day. Janet Gordon, M.Ed LP is a licensed professional counselor who will lead a discussion to ...

  • Connect women with other women to learn and share strategies for easing day-to-day stress
  • Chat about experiences in a safe, supportive and confidential setting
  • Increase confidence

Groups are held Monday evenings in Carbondale 6:30 - 8 pm.

A $10 donation is suggested but not required.

For more information or to register, call the Aspen Hope Center at 970.925.5858 or contact Janet directly at 970.379.4983.

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LGBTQ Teen Group

facilitated by Janet Gordon, Med, LPC


This group is open to teens in the Roaring Fork Valley and will meet the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month at Carbondale Branch Library, from 4:30-6pm.

Educators, professionals and counselors from around the state will be visiting as guests to discuss their paths in life and provide mature, honest discussion that can assist with confusion and self discovery. Teens who attend will chose topics to talk about, projects to work on the in the community and have the safe space needed to learn about others, ask questions and discover who they are inside and out.

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Suicide Awareness

RSVP to 925-5858

A class, built for the community, designed to ...

  • present local, state and national statistics on suicide
  • educate individuals on what to look for in someone who may potentially suicidal
  • teach the powerful, yet simple techniques on how to approach someone
  • use the Columbia Suicide Severity Rating Scale questions to assess risk level
  • gain knowledge on where to taken people in need, how the system works and what is essential to save a life!
September 2
Glenwood Springs
Glenwood Springs Library
6:00 – 7:30pm
September 9
Carbondale
Carbondale Library
6:00 – 7:30pm
September 16
Aspen
Christian Science Society
734 W. Main Street
6:00 – 7:30pm
September 23
Snowmass Village
Snowmass Chapel
6:00 – 7:30pm
September 30
Basalt
El Jebel Fire Station
1089 J W Drive
5:30 – 7pm
September 2
Glenwood Springs
Glenwood Springs Library
6:00 – 7:30pm
September 9
Carbondale
Carbondale Library
6:00 – 7:30pm
September 16
Aspen
Christian Science Society
734 W. Main Street
6:00 – 7:30pm
September 23
Snowmass Village
Snowmass Chapel
6:00 – 7:30pm
September 30
Basalt
El Jebel Fire Station
1089 J W Drive
5:30 – 7pm
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Crisis De-escalation

A class designed to help participants ...

  • Know behaviors common to various disorders
  • Learn LOTS of practical ways to deal with psychiatric patients or uncooperative individuals
  • Detect warning signs for those in distress
  • Understand how professional reactions can impact a patient
  • Learn ways to make an environment safe and utilize a team
  • Gain an understanding of how YOU need care

This class is typically arranged for agencies who would like their staff trained in de-escalation techniques. Classes have been taught at Aspen Valley Hospital, RFTA and Valley View Hospital.

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Psychiatric Emergency Training

A training geared toward law enforcement and EMS. This class teaches the basics of behavioral presentations common in psychiatric disorders, the similarities and differences between how a person can present with a medical conditions and a psychiatric condition. First responders are taught about approaching and assessing someone for suicide and scene safety, interagency collaboration and mutual aid is also discussed.

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24-Hour Hopeline

970.925.5858

The Aspen Hope Center provides a 24-hour confidential Hopeline (925-5858) to ensure that anyone who calls for help reaches an on-call clinician anytime day or night, seven days per week. Having one place to call makes all the difference and the immediate response ensures the person calling receives the appropriate help in a timely manner.

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Individual Counseling

In May of 2013, the Aspen Hope Center began offering therapy services. Three clinicians will see community members at a reduced fee for therapy in the areas of depression, anxiety/panic, substance abuse recovery, and grief/loss. The clinicians have extensive experience in stabilizing high risk clients, working with substance abuse and conducting interventions, helping families and individuals with serious mental illness such as bipolar disorder and schizophrenia as well as helping guide individuals through serious medical conditions and aiding with end of life transitions. The Hope Center has also secured two Employee Assistance (EAP) Contracts which provide several free sessions to employees at various businesses in the valley, some of these businesses are RFTA, AVH, Aspen School District, Valley View Hospital and more. All Hope Center clinicians carry professional licenses.

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Community Collaborations

There is a shift in health care service delivery toward integrating physical and behavioral health care. Integration of services results in a higher level of success as patients become healthier both physically and mentally. The Hope Center has put this into practice by collaborating with other entities and currently has an on-site clinician at a physician’s office and just completed a pilot program in the Basalt Schools, placing a mental health worker in the schools for prevention services.

Along with the collaborations names above, the Aspen Hope Center also partners with the Youth Recovery Center (YRC) to provide VIOP services to local youth when they are discharged from the inpatient detox program. This provides a step-down in care and allows for a smooth transition back to home. Hope Center clinicians now have hospital privileges at Aspen Valley Hospital and a clinician will be stationed at Roaring Fork High School for the 2013-2014 school year.

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Community Education

The Aspen Hope Center believes that to raise awareness and reduce the stigma of mental illness, education is key. The Hope Center offers a Suicide Awareness class called "We Can Talk." This training is offered throughout the community to local groups, schools, businesses, service organizations, and more. The class focuses on providing local, state and national statistics; educating individuals on warning signs of suicide and how to approach someone you may be concerned about; but also enlightens attendees about the state of the mental system and why connecting with the community and those we care about is vital. The Hope Center has also been approached by several entities in the community and asked to provide trainings on various topics. Psychiatric Emergency training has been conducted with law enforcement and EMS, the staff at Mountain Valley Developmental Services was trained in psychological diagnoses and symptoms, and crisis management and de-escalation training is provided to anyone who request it and has been presented to staff members at RFTA, Aspen Valley Hospital, Valley View Hospital and more.

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Crisis Intervention & Individual Intensive Outpatient Program

I-IOP

Approximately 76% of the individuals who call the Aspen Hope Center are in a state of crisis. Each person who calls in crisis requires an individualized approach to deal with their particular situation. The Aspen Hope Center clinicians conduct an initial clinical assessment over the phone, and often times they arrange for an in-person evaluation. This is when the crisis team becomes ‘mobile’ and the clinician meets the client at the Aspen Hope Center office or wherever the caller may be at the time. These assessments have taken place in homes or offices, sometimes at local agencies, or at a physician’s office or schools.

If an individual evaluated is deemed high risk, he/she may be entered into the Individual Intensive Outpatient Program (I-IOP). This program is an alternative to inpatient hospitalization, where the client may remain in their home with loved ones and friends to support them while receiving specialized, wrap-around services from local practitioners and agencies. During the I-IOP, the client is seen daily by several professionals until he/she is stabilized and able to move into regular weekly therapy.

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Information & Referral

970.925.5858

The Aspen Hope Center receives, on average, 24% of its calls from individuals seeking mental health information and/or a referral to a local mental health provider or valley resource. When a client calls for a referral, the Hope Center clinician makes it a priority to connect them with appropriate practitioner or agency from Aspen to Glenwood Springs.

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