Health Briefs, May 27, 2014

Suicide topic of Carbondale forum

The Hope Center is hosting its second Community Forum on Mental Health on Wednesday, in the Roaring Fork High School auditorium in Carbondale. The free event hopes to draw in community members who want to know more about the issue of suicide, mental health, and its effect on our community.

After several suicides early in the year, the Hope Center began fielding an overwhelming number of calls from the community asking for action to be taken. In March the Hope Center held a series of meetings with representatives from law enforcement, schools, churches, mental health, the medical community, and concerned community members. The group met to talk about what could be done to raise awareness and draw the community together to address the issue.

As a result, the group developed the Community Forum on Mental Health to better understand the issue and help those in crisis.

“After the first community gathering, people told us that we had to continue the momentum that was initiated,” said Michelle Muething, director of the Aspen Hope Center.

The forum Wednesday will include information on what to do and say if you encounter someone you think might be considering suicide. The evening will also include personal stories of courage, and a panel discussion that includes experts on substance abuse, the disabled community, teens and adolescents, and the gay and lesbian community.

For more information on the forum call 970-925-5858.

Camps for grieving youth taking apps


HopeWest is now accepting registrations for Camp Good Grief and the Teen Retreat. These camps are for children and teens who have lost a loved one. Camp Good Grief is set to be held July 18-20 at Camp Cedaredge. Cost is $35 and includes transportation, room, meals and activities. Scholarships are available and pre-registration is required.

The Teen Retreat will be June 27-29 at the Rocking Horse Ranch in Mesa. Cost is $35 and includes transportation, room, meals and activities. Scholarships are available and pre-registration is required.

“Children handle grief much differently than adults. They grieve sporadically because they cannot sustain emotional pain for long periods of time and may revisit their grief as they grow,” said Cathy DiPaola, director of HopeWest Kids. “Camp is a way for them to express their feelings in a safe environment with new friends. It’s important for children to know they’re not alone in this experience.”

For more information visit or call 970-245-5377.


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