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Words of gratitude

Dear Editor:

As suicide prevention and awareness month comes to a close, I want to take a moment to express a few feelings of gratitude.

The Aspen Hope Center, like many other organizations, strives to help individuals in the community and raise awareness on a specific topic; ours is depression and suicide. Our small team of only six individuals has done amazing work, and I am proud to be a part of this team.

However, our success comes in great part through collaborations and tireless efforts from people in the community who believe in what we do. I want to thank Sandy Iglehart for her courage to speak about her story and her passion to help others, and Michael Buglione, from the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office, for his work in suicide prevention training.

Roderick O’Connor, Vince Savage, Lise Cohen, Amanda Smith and Megan Reilly – thank you for always being willing to step up and help out. Our wonderful community practitioners, who are willing to fit people in crisis into their tight schedules and make sure they are not alone. I want to thank Carrie Godes and the Garfield County Suicide Prevention Collation for their efforts in Garfield County and their partnership over the past month.

So many lives have been touched by so many who care, and on behalf of the Hope Center, I wanted to say “thank you.”

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Michelle Muething

Program director, Aspen Hope Center