In 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 know 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!

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Donate Today and Keep Ryan’s Voice alive!

In Loving memory of Ryan Marcil & Carlin Brightwell.

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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!