Letter: Supporting mental-health services | AspenTimes.com

Letter: Supporting mental-health services

A few weeks ago, there was a post on the Roaring Fork Swap Facebook page about the idea of starting a GoFundMe page to support valleywide community members in need of mental-health treatment. Thankfully, a colleague of mine tagged me to confirm that a fund already exists!

In fact, in 2011, Lawrence and Joan Altman set up the mental-health fund at the Aspen Community Foundation to help subsidize the cost of care for those individuals from Aspen to Parachute who otherwise could not afford services. Since then, hundreds of individuals have been and continue to be supported.

In 2013, Aspen Strong, a nonprofit started with the support of Lawrence and other colleagues, sponsored the first Hike Hope Heal event, supporting mental-health awareness and benefiting the mental-health fund. Last year, we helped to raise over $25,000.

If you have ever put on a community event, you know there are a lot of moving parts. The increasing anxiety of asking for support each year never escapes me, but gosh darn, this community surprises me more and more. It takes a village, and I am honored to say that this village has continued to support each year and grow ever excitingly.

We are in the final countdown, as Hike Hope Heal’s third anniversary is Saturday at Herron Park. With heartfelt gratitude to our financial sponsors — Smiddy Limo, Clark’s Market, Mountain Chalet, Aspen Volunteer Fire Department, Devlin Financial Services, The Aspen Store, Alpine Bank, BendonAdams, C Barnes Construction, Injinji, and the Eating Disorder Center of Denver — and nearly 30 additional in-kind sponsors and all-volunteer staff, family and board members, it takes a village!

See you all Saturday!

More info at http://www.aspenstrong.org/hike.

Christina King

Founder and director, Aspen Strong

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