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Mental health speaker series begins April 2

Four-part series kicks off at the Rifle Branch Library from 4–6 p.m.

March 29, 2024

Garfield County Public Health (GCPH) is partnering with the Garfield County Libraries (GCPLD) to hold the first of a four-part speaker series covering mental health on April 2 from 4-6 p.m. at the Rifle Branch Library. Mental health access and reducing stigma are priorities for GCPH’s 2024-2028 Public Health Improvement Plan.

Starting off with the basics, “What is Mental Health?” comes directly from public health’s work in the community. This first session covers the basics of what mental and behavioral health is, what it isn’t, understanding the continuum of better to poorer mental health, prevention ideas, and ways to reduce stigma.

The discussion is moderated by panelists from the Aspen Hope Center, HeadQuarters, Mid-Valley Family Practice, Mind Springs Health, and Trailhead Christian Counseling. The session, which includes a question-and-answer portion, features simultaneous Spanish interpretation and a virtual option to accommodate those who cannot attend in person.

Further speaker series sessions include:
• June 25 – Substance Use, Glenwood Springs Library, 5-7 p.m.
• September 24 – Suicide Awareness and Prevention, Rifle Library, 4-6 p.m.
• November 19 – The State of the County’s Mental Health, Glenwood Springs Library, 5-7 p.m.

GCPH encourages the community to attend this free event as understanding around this very important topic grows. For more information, please contact Mason Hohstadt, 970-665-6370 or go online to GCPLD.