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Ryan’s Voice

Ryan’s voice is strong. Ryan’s voice brings us together, carries our message, attracts new followers while eliminating any stigmas and judgements. It leads through knowledge, experience, and genuine kindness.

Ryan came to the valley and to Aspen Strong ready to make an immediate impact. He lead the way for Aspen Strong by creating a fun and uplifting experience at mental health screening events breaking down stigma and continuously looking for ways to connect with the community to let them how and where to find support to address their mental health concerns.

He saw the struggles in our community and in the world. For he knew them all to well himself. He gave hope to those that didn’t have it, insight to those who were afraid to look inside themselves, and answers to find support for those who were ready.
He thought big and was fearless, and spoke Aspen Strong in every venture.

Ryan’s passion reached and enthused many to partner with Aspen Strong, one being his very own and precious partner, Carlin Brightwell. Carlin joined Ryan and the Aspen Strong board this summer. Thier duo was incredibly contagious! Carlin’s bright and energetic smile lit up every soul and could portray our mission in a most emphatic way.

On August 20th 2017 we spent Ryan & Carlin’s last days at Hike Hope Heal celebrating our hard work and promoting mental hygiene. It was a day we will cherish forever. Death is never easy, nor understood but we know that Ryan left us very early and left us with an important task. We will always make sure his voice is heard and are available for any questions or stories about our amazing friend Ryan Marcil.

In loving memory for Ryan’s Voice we now proudly allocate funds to go directly towards keeping Ryan’s voice alive! All donations received in Ryan’s voice will go directly towards these ideals and passions that Ryan carried out in his daily life!

  • 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!

  • Ericka Anderson, MA LPC, Trauma Specialized Psychotherapist in Roaring Fork Valley & ASF Provider

    Because of Aspen Strong there is a place to turn to when someone needs help. I am deeply appreciative of their commitment to mental health in our valley.

  • Amanda Friend, Valley Settlement Project (2015 Symposium)

    I am so grateful to the Aspen Strong Foundation for bringing such amazing information and experts to our valley. I walked away from this symposium with a toolbox of strategies for immediate implementation that I use with my students, my children, and myself. I am a better parent, better teacher, and better self after this amazing experience.

  • Christopher May, Forum Phi founding partner and ASF event sponsor

    We felt that mental illness is under-addressed by society and Aspen Strong fills this gap locally. Your mind is an organ like any other and deserves treatment and resources. One single point of contact and coordination is especially helpful for the most in need, the young and the poor.