Our vision is for Aspen Strong fiscally support the collaborative efforts of our valley’s mental health resources as well as manage the mental health fund to support subsidized cost of services for residents and employees who could not afford care otherwise. Currently, Aspen Strong provides limited sponsorship funding to community organizations to support their awareness events. Additionally, Aspen Strong hosts our annual HIKE HOPE HEAL to support the valley’s MENTAL HEALTH FUND. Through this fundraising event and Aspen Strong partnerships we provide an annual gift to the valley’s Mental Health Fund – a grant that subsidizes patients’ mental health services.
Aspen Strong is promoting mental hygiene and connecting the mental health agencies and professionals in the Roaring Fork Valley. This is accomplished through their online resources, screening events, and through the All Valley Mental Health Professionals group. The goal is to empower collaboration, inclusiveness, and centralize mental health resources to support the community at large in connecting to support.
Aspen Strong supports education around mental health to the Roaring Fork Valley to increase an accredited knowledge base for Valley-wide clinicians and professionals as well as awareness to the community at large. Aspen Strong asks, ‘how can we reach out for help if we don’t understand how to articulate our mental health needs?” Our educational efforts provide our community at-large with knowledge, understanding and language to communicate and address their mental health needs.
Three areas of focus are: All Valley Mental Health Professionals Group, Changing Brains, Changing Lives Symposium, and, in-person educational opportunities supported by other mental health organizations.
Hike Hope Heal has generated over $85,000 in revenue since 2014. We will reach nearly $50,000 in funds to support the Mental Health Fund by the end of 2016.
Aspen Strong co-founded Changing Brains, Changing Lives in 2015 with Kathy Hegberg of Kids First - Aspen Mental Health Symposium. We have continued our efforts with a sold out event in 2016 including Tine Payne Bryson and the Momentous Institute.
Aspen Strong has partnered with the City of Aspen, Valley Health Alliance, Mountain Family Health, Roaring Fork Neurology, Aspen Skiing Company, and Aspen Clinic (TAC) to boost our mental health screening initiative efforts. Together we have screened over 1100 Roaring Fork residents in 2016 alone!
Aspen Strong has established an online directory including 50 individual providers and 15 organizational providers that has incurred over 7,000 website hits to our provider directory, since its re-launch in June 2015.
"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
"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
"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
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!