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APR Local News
9:57 am
Mon August 25, 2014

Suicide Prevention Training Looks At Behaviors Of People Battling Depression

The Aspen Hope Center is holding a suicide prevention training for the public Monday night. The group's utilizing a new set of questions created by researchers at the Columbia University Medical Center.
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A suicide prevention group is holding a training for the public on Monday on how to recognize if loved ones are exhibiting suicidal signs. The Aspen-based Hope Center has already trained 3000 people in the Roaring Fork Valley but, now they’re using a different method. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen spoke to Michelle Muething, director of the Hope Center and Dr. Kelly Posner-Gerstenhaber, creator of the Columbia Suicide Severity Rating Scale.

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APR Local News
1:25 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

New Foundation Joins Suicide Fight

Christina is Founder and Executive Director of the Aspen Strong Foundation.
Credit Christina King

Mental health experts, law enforcement, and many others in the Roaring Fork Valley have been tackling the issue of suicide. Deaths by suicide in the area are some of the highest in the state… and after a particularly tough beginning to 2015, providers and advocates have been working to increase prevention. One new element is the Aspen Strong Foundation. It’s led by Executive Director and Founder Christina King, who recently moved to Aspen after visiting for over a decade. King talks with APR’s Elise Thatcher, and says she’s inspired by the amount of mental health resources in the Valley.

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APR Local News
4:28 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Mid Valley Forum Tackles Suicide

Janet Gordon, a licensed counselor with a Carbondale practice, speaks while Ashley Smith and Kim Nuzzo listen.
Credit Elise Thatcher

Governor John Hickenlooper has signed a new law creating a commission to tackle the issue of suicide in Colorado. Members are to be chosen within the next two months, and will include representatives from mental health, law enforcement, education, and other sectors. The commission comes as providers in the Roaring Fork Valley are also trying to figure out how to keep people from committing suicide. Representatives from the mid Valley met in Carbondale on Wednesday to continue brainstorming and educating the public. 

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APR Local News
9:29 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Valley Part of National Effort to Tackle Mental Health Services, Stigma

Credit Creating Community Solutions Colorado

 

 The Roaring Fork Valley is part of a national effort to tackle mental health problems. Locals met with state mental health leaders this weekend to talk about what the key issues are here. The goal is to help figure out the best way to solve them. 

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APR Local News
12:49 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Experts, Residents Headline Suicide Forum

Law enforcement and mental health experts discuss key issues related to suicide.
Credit Elise Thatcher

Last night, more than three hundred people gathered to learn about a very difficult subject. Residents from Aspen and the greater Roaring Fork Valley attended the Wheeler Opera House for a community forum on suicide. The event was prompted by a spike in suicides this winter, as well as the ongoing high rate in the Valley. Last night’s forum was hosted by the Aspen Hope Center. 

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