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2017 Mental Health Screening Initiative

2016 INITIATIVE EFFORTS

In 2016, Aspen Strong launched their screening initiative to promote mental hygiene and connect individuals and organizations to mental health resources in the Valley. The platform supporting these efforts is accomplished through www.AspenStrong.org:

Provider Directory

 

is inclusive to and promotes all licensed mental health professionals, agencies and resources that are in good standing with the Colorado department of regulatory agency (if applicable) and reside in the Aspen to Parachute corridor. The directory and website acts as a clearing house for the valley at large in concern to mental health and substance abuse, yet also decreases vulnerability in accessing care by allowing the community to connect via anonymously over the internet. Currently the directory has grown to incorporate 62 available resources.

Community Calendar

 

provides our valley with a calendar listing of events and support groups supporting mental hygiene

Mental Health Screening Tool

 

Aspen Strong has also paired with Screen for Mental Health, Inc. to provide online, free, anonymous screening tools to promote mental hygiene. They are educational tools for the community to be curious about their mental health needs or the needs of loved ones. This program provides our foundation with utilization reports by tracking patterns and trends in our community to help our foundation evaluate the effectiveness of our efforts so that we may work with valley wide partners to address these needs through education and increased resources. The screening tools provide consumers with educational and referral resources, specifically the Aspen Strong provider directory, the community calendar, and crisis Support options following their submission.

In addition to this launch, Aspen Strong partnered with the City of Aspen, Valley Health Alliance, Mountain Family Health, the Aspen Clinic (TAC), and Roaring Fork Neurology to boost Aspen Strong efforts. Each organization will host their own screening URL to promote mental hygiene and track trends within their organization to evaluate the effectiveness of their efforts. Aspen Strong is measuring our efforts reflecting on the data recorded from the screening tools as well as analytical reports of the Aspen Strong provider directory and community calendar. This data will provide us with evidence and understanding of mental health needs within each organization and the community at large. Current feedback as supported effectiveness in our efforts. Currently Aspen Strong, with partnering organizations, have screened over 600 individuals in the Roaring Fork Valley. Data supports that in 2016, our directory alone has had over 4,000 searches. Fellow mental health organizations and resources have identified web traffic from Aspen Strong to their site.

2017 PLANNING

In 2017, Aspen Strong wishes to include an educational component to the initiatives efforts to provide greater awareness and knowledge around mental health and substance abuse. This year, Aspen Strong has already provided hour-long awareness trainings for both depression and substance Use. These trainings have been successfully attended and have created dialogue during the trainings for how to approach colleagues, employees, friends and family challenged by mental health issues. Aspen Strong is hopeful that our efforts have not only provided support for organizations, but also for the 2017 Screening Initiative Partnership Proposal individual employee or consumer of these organizations. Aspen Strong believes that including 5 educational hour-long courses for each organization that adopts the Aspen Strong screening initiative for 2017 will impact our efforts. Additionally, Aspen Strong wishes to collaborate with outside

organizations to promote these efforts because (1) it is inclusive to our mission and (2) we believe that providing support from multiple organizations will help to decrease stigma and increase action to reach out for support.

PARTNERSHIP PROPOSAL

To prepare for our 2017 initiative efforts, Aspen Strong is reaching out to community organizations that wish to promote our screening link or become a screening partner.We would like the opportunity to meet with you and your team to review our screening program and share with you our 2016 accomplishments and plans for 2017 of how you can promote mental hygiene in the Roaring Fork Valley.

Funding to support our 2018 efforts has been made possible by grants issued from Garfield County, Aspen Ski Company, Aspen Rotary.

To view our screening results from 2015 and 2016 YTD, please access:

http://www.aspenstrong.org/screening-initiative/

 

To learn more about our efforts please contact us at your convenience info@aspenstrong.org or 970-300-5195.

 

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    "This was a very effective presentation and helped numerous employees connect to local resources and improve their mental hygiene. We will want to do it again," 2018 Workplace Partner

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    "In Aspen we spend so much time talking about and working on our physical and spiritual fitness, but for some reason we completely ignore our mental wellness. Its as if we believe mental illness is reserved for those far removed from us, as if we are too "fit" for that type of thing. I would argue there is a fine and precarious line between mental wellness and illness. It is our duty to all of the parts of ourselves to keep our minds strong. Aspen Strong aims to do just that through ensuring that valley wide there are resources available to each of us that assess and support our mental hygiene, our mental fitness and our mental wellness. We can't be well in our physical and spiritual realms if our mental selves are not part of the equation. We truly are as great as the sum of our parts."

    Lady Fuller, International Gifting Company

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    "Aspen Strong plays an essential role-- increasing awareness of community resources, decreasing stigma, and advocating for the most vulnerable.  Their annual symposium empowers professionals in the community, and their year-round efforts educate and connect people to mental health resources in order to reduce substance abuse, mental health crises, and suicide.  By focusing on mental health hygiene and emotional literacy, as well as supporting the front line professionals, and promoting connections and various resources, Aspen Strong’s commitment to health wellness is inspiring."  

    Tina Payne Bryson, PhD; Co-author of The Yes Brain, and bestsellers The Whole-Brain Child, No-Drama Discipline; Founder and Executive Director of The Center for Connection & The Play Strong Institute

  • Lawrence Altman, CBD Trading & ASF donor.

    I realized younger in life that it was important to help other people any way I could. I have been involved in many causes that I thought were important, but mental health as dominated my interest. My own mental health struggles led me to a wonderful doctor and through him I started the Aspen Mental Health Fund which lead me to an amazing young woman Christina King. Christina brought the Aspen Strong Foundation idea to me. I was so impressed with her incredible energy and determination to make a difference in the world of mental health that it had become my passion as well. I believe we help many people who desperately need it. We are determined to rid people of the stigma of getting help for mental health issues. I am proud to be involved with Aspen Strong!

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