Team Member Checklist

Hello Aspen Strong Team Member,

You have reached this page because you show interest in supporting Aspen Strong as a volunteer in some capacity. To learn more about our organization we ask you to review the following page, watch the video below, and take a mental health screening.

When you are finished please click the link below to complete our team member sign off sheet. We are truly thankful and enthusiastic to have you apart of the Aspen Strong team. We are quite an awesome team and are excited to share with you all the fun and meaningful work we do to support our valley’s mental hygiene!

Who is Aspen Strong?

WHO IS ASPEN STRONG?

Aspen Strong is a local nonprofit that connects people to mental health resources from Aspen to Parachute

We PROMOTE MENTAL HYGIENE & CONNECT THE MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES valley-wide.

We are inclusive to all mental health and addiction resources supporting employees and residents in the Roaring Fork Valley to Parachute.

Our vision is to create a community where every business includes mental hygiene within their organizational structure as to decrease the stigma and help to create healthy dialogue around mental health.

Resources can be found at www.aspenstrong.org

Please play the following video:

HOW WE PROMOTE MENTAL HYGIENE…

MENTAL HEALTH SCREENINGS:  TAKE A CHECK UP FROM THE NECK UP!

We promote mental hygiene through our online screening site: http://screening.mentalhealthscreening.org/aspenstrong

Partnering organizations like Aspen Ski Company, The City of Aspen, Pitkin County, and Roaring Fork Neurology help to boost our efforts through their staff and consumers via their own URL screening link. Learn more here: https://aspenstrong.org/about-us/mental-health-screening-initiative/

There are 9 different screenings on the website: Depression, Adolescent Depression, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Eating Disorders, Alcohol Use Disorder, Substance Use, Bipolar Disorder, Psychosis

Brief screenings are the quickest way to determine if you or someone you care about should connect with a mental health professional – they are a checkup from your neck up.

Screenings are quick (average time 1.5 minutes)

Screenings are anonymous, confidential

Following a screening you will be provided resources of support

Screenings can be taken in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.

Data from screenings help Aspen Strong learn about the needs of community members

“But none of these screenings apply to me”:  ALL data collected from screening is important, even if someone is not consistent with any of the issues.  OR, you can have someone take the screening on behalf of someone else.

 

Please take a screening to experience it for yourself. Remember its confidential, educational, and quick! 

http://screening.mentalhealthscreening.org/aspenstrong

HOW WE CONNECT PERSONS TO SUPPORT…

ASPEN STRONG PROVIDER DIRECTORY

Online and searchable database including providers and organizations supporting good mental hygiene practices in the Aspen to Parachute corridor, currently including over 80 providers.

The directory connects individuals or referrals sources to direct mental health or addiction service providers.

Each provider has a profile sharing details: location, website, insurance, issues they specialize in, persons they work with, credentials, and more.

COMMUNITY CALENDAR

An online tool that shares what events, meetings, trainings, etc. are taking place to support mental hygiene across the valley

Person’s or organizations hosting event, support groups, or trainings in support of mental hygiene may submit this online at: https://aspenstrong.org/communitycalendar/community/add

WHAT IF SOMEONE DISCLOSES A DIAGNOSIS OR IS IN CRISIS?

Sharing a diagnosis: show them the Aspen Strong Provider Directory so that they may find someone to connect to. In some cases people may not be ready, but listening and encouraging them to connect may be all you can do.

If a person is in crisis: provide a 24 hour crisis number that can be found at https://aspenstrong.org/resources/crisis-support/or call 911. 

A most helpful resource is the National Crisis text line: text 741741

Call in centers include:

Hope Center 970-925-5858 (LOCAL)

Mind Springs 888-207-4004 (LOCAL)

National Crisis Response 1-800-273-8255 

 

Additionally, whether someone is in crisis or needing support it is important to show each person taking a screening our online resources: specifically the PROVIDER DIRECTORY. Following a screening there will be articles of information that the person can click to learn more by reading or watching videos that are provided. There is also a link at the bottom of the page for referral resources, specifically our directory. Please take them to this page and show them the list of providers. Inform them of the following:

  • search functions
  • providers are located from Aspen to Parachute
  •  financial support is also searchable as this is a main reason why people do not engage in treatment. TRIAD EAP, a specific employee assistance program that works with many employers in the valley.  The Mental Health Fund is also a support to provide subsidized mental health care in the valley for anyone who cannot pay for services.  This information can be very helpful – please learn more at the links or show screeners the links on our website under RESOURCES.

CONFIDENTIALITY

Remember that information shared during Aspen Strong events is CONFIDENTIAL. Aspen Strong wishes to be a safe place for people to check in with their needs. Please do not share information that you may have learned about a person during a screening event – regardless if they chose to share their personal information with you.  

Take all precautions necessary to secure Aspen Strong materials to protect the privacy of team members, staff, volunteers, donors, and community members.

Under all circumstances, if you feel uncomfortable about the work you are doing or feel unable to maintain confidentiality please speak to Christina King or Emily Supino. We will support you and help you to find other work within our organization.

POSITIVE & SAFE MESSAGING

With support from our partners Screen for Mental Health Inc, Aspen Strong is provided with language and promotional materials to promote mental hygiene. There practice and marketing plan is two-fold: positive narrative & safe messaging and Aspen Strong wishes to take their lead and do the same.

These points are supported by the Action Alliance suicide prevention framework: https://suicidepreventionmessaging.org/framework

POSITIVE NARRATIVE

The Positive Narrative include that:

there are actions that people can take to help prevent suicide

prevention works

resilience and recovery are possible

effective programs and services exist, and help is available

This idea is at the heart of the Action Alliance-“to change the national narratives around suicide and suicide prevention to ones that promote hope, connectedness, social support, resilience, treatment and recovery.”

SAFE MESSAGING

The Safety (or “safe messaging”) component of the Framework for Successful Messaging focuses on avoiding potentially harmful messaging content.

Safety concerns don’t mean we should avoid messaging. Communicating to the public about suicide is critical; what’s important is how we message about it. Education and talking #mentalhgyiene is Aspen Strong’s way of decreasing the stigma around mental illness and helping our community to create healthy dialogue around mental hygiene!