This is an event created by the community for the community and will include:

  • Suicide Awareness Presentation
  • A panel discussion and Q&A session on mental health issues
  • Local Speakers will discuss how mental health issues impact our youth, those with disabilities, the LGBT community and tightly intertwine with substance abuse
  • Personal testaments from individuals who have struggled with mental illness and live courageously
  • Suicide intervention tips and "how to's" for helping loved ones
  • Information on navigating the mental health system
  • Presentation by Anika Neal, president of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), local Roaring Fork Affiliate

Mid-Valley Community Forum on Mental Health

Wednesday, May 28
6 - 8:30pm
Roaring Fork High School Auditorium

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For more information call 925-5858


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.

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The Aspen Hope Center was created in effort to fill the unmet needs of individuals in emotional crisis in the Roaring Fork Valley. Mental health is a maze of systems to navigate and the goal of the Aspen Hope Center is to lessen the confusion and ease an individual through a continuum of care.


The Aspen Hope Center specializes in crisis intervention and prevention. Each of our core programs and collaborations focus on assisting an individual in crisis or working to reduce the incidence of a crisis arising.


Each of the staff members employed at the Aspen Hope Center has a wealth of knowledge and years of experience in the world of mental health and crisis. We are committed to employing only the highest quality professionals so that our services can produce the best outcomes.


The community benefits when you give a gift of any amount. The Aspen Hope Center's 'Tiers of Giving' allow you to give a gift in memory of a loved one lost to suicide or as a donation to a program or service. All donations are tax deductible and can be made as a one time gift or deducted in increments over time.


At the core of all services provided by the Hope Center is a strong expertise in crisis work. Over 70% of those who reach out are in a state of emotional crisis. When a crisis brings high risk and places ones safety in jeopardy, weekly therapy is not sufficient. However, when support is present and the person desires help, inpatient hospitalization is not necessarily required. The Hope Center’s Virtual Intensive Outpatient Program (VIOP) is a unique alternative to psychiatric hospitalization, and a one of a kind mental health resource in the valley. This program is tailored to the needs of each individual and provides 24-hour wrap around care. The intensive outpatient approach helps to stabilize individuals in their homes with the support of family and friends and the compassionate guidance of professional crisis clinicians, community practitioners and other agencies.


Educating individuals about mental illness and teaching people how to approach, support and gain resources for loved ones is an essential key to reducing the stigma surrounding mental health. QPR (Question-Persuade-Refer) is an evidenced based, nationally recognized suicide prevention program. This program can be taught in one hour and teaches skills that help any community member feel equipped to help someone who may be at risk. The Hope Center also provides training in Psychiatric Emergencies, Conflict Avoidance and Behavioral De-escalation and more.


The Hope Center partners with a plethora of entities and organizations to provide metal health expertise. Some of these collaborations: Aspen Valley Hospital, providing crisis assessment services and assistance with the development of an internal social work program for hospital patients. Roaring Fork High School, providing a bilingual care manager and crisis clinician to help prevent major crises and intervene when appropriate. Youth Recovery Center (YRC), providing the VIOP service to local teens who discharge to home and can benefit from the aid in transition from an inpatient treatment facility to a home environment. Roaring Fork Neurology, providing a clinician to do on-site therapy, biofeedback and stress management to patients with migraines, MS, anxiety and more. TRIAD, providing triage and crisis debriefing for first responders as well as others who are affected by major traumatic incidents.