Western Slope residents invited to conversation about mental health | AspenTimes.com

Western Slope residents invited to conversation about mental health

Mental illness touches a quarter of U.S. society directly, yet it is a subject most don’t talk about openly. On April 5 in Glenwood Springs, residents of the Western Slope will join four other regions in Colorado to host the first of a series of community dialogues aimed at identifying, prioritizing and developing community-driven mental-health action plans. The event is part of a nationwide, grassroots effort known as Creating Community Solutions, whose goal is to further the national dialogue on mental health launched by President Obama and the Departments of Education and Health and Human Services and spearheaded by the National Institute of Civil Discourse.

Members of the public are invited to participate in this free, first-of-its-kind community event to discuss mental health issues specific to the Western Slope. It will provide a safe place to share experiences, concerns, hopes and ideas related to mental health.

The event takes place from 2 to 4:30 p.m. April 5 at the Glenwood Springs Branch Library Community Room. It is free and open to everyone. No RSVP is required. Street and underground parking is available.

“The more people who get in on this conversation, the better our understanding will be of what people are coping with and how we, as a community, can provide greater support,” said Jeanette Darnauer, president of Darnauer Group Communications and a board member for Mind Springs Health, one of the groups collaborating in the Creating Community Solutions Colorado project. “We hope that residents of all ages, from youth to seniors, will attend and contribute to the conversation.”

The gathering culminates with a Rocky Mountain PBS special event in May that will connect the Western Slope conversation to others around the state. The purpose of this live show will be to share information about existing resources and to develop action plans that address the concerns that have arisen from the multiple conversations throughout Colorado.

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