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Eagle County’s Ballot Issue 1A important to Basalt

Shame on the Basalt Town Council. I was surprised to see the mayor briefly mention, with no input from other members of Town Council, the Eagle County ballot issue 1A creating funding for mental health services.

I do not think I am far off in saying everyone in this valley has been touched by mental health issues, which include substance abuse. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness among the 20.2 million adults in the U.S. who experienced a substance use disorder 50.5 percent had a co-occurring mental illness. Approximately 1 in 5 adults in the U.S., 43.8 million, experiences mental illness in a given year. Approximately 1 in 5 youth ages 13 to 18 experiences a severe mental disorder at some point during their life.

This valley is very aware of mental health and substance abuse issues and the lack of services, facilities and funds. With Colorado holding the distinction of sixth highest suicide rate in the U.S. I say shame on Basalt Town Council for being unable to put aside their frustration of being a "step child" of Eagle County and simply endorsing a ballot issue that will bring much needed resources to our community at large.

To learn what is available in our valley call 970-925-5858 for The Aspen Hope Center or Mind Springs Health 24/7 Crisis Line at 888-207-4004 and please support mental health by voting Yes on Eagle County ballot issue 1A.

Carol Hawk

Basalt