COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Everyday heroes, who accomplish great feats on behalf of others or sometimes entire communities, live among us. We want to know about them and their great deeds. AspenPointe is seeking nominations for its annual Heroes of Mental Health Award, which will be presented during the Heroes of Mental Health Luncheon on Nov. 2 at the Broadmoor.
AspenPointe’s annual Heroes of Mental Health Luncheon recognizes individuals in the Pikes Peak Region who champion mental health and wellness. They can be a driving force in efforts to reduce stigma or a key player in the growth of community programs that treat and fund mental illness and/or substance misuse.
Nominees for the Heroes of Mental Health Award should be residents of, or work in, the Pikes Peak Region and have made significant contributions toward advancing mental health treatment and substance abuse care and/or other forms of wellness through either awareness efforts, investment of personal time, financial contributions, or all the above.
To nominate, please complete our online nomination form at www.AspenPointe.org/nominate, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Explain in 100-500 words the nominee’s contributions to mental health and substance abuse. The nomination process ends close Oct. 1. This year’s hero will be announced Oct. 16.
Last year’s recipient, Brittni Darras, is a school teacher at Rampart High School. Darras helped a student who had a plan to complete suicide by writing a personal note to the student. Later, she wrote 139 other notes to her other students. The notes quickly spread awareness of kindness and received national and international media attention. She also received the Colorado Springs Mayor’s Young Leader Award as well as a Denver TedTALK public speaking invite.
Previous award winners include Guy and Jane Bennett, suicide prevention advocates, Alan Pocock, the special education chair and Learning and Educating About Disabilities (LEAD) program coordinator at Cheyenne Mountain High School, Former Colorado First Lady Jeannie Ritter, and former Fort Carson Commander Retired Maj. Gen. Mark Graham and his wife, Carol.
Tickets are now available for the luncheon which will feature SNL Darrell Hammond as keynote speaker. Hammond is famous for his impressions of Bill Clinton, Sean Connery and Donald Trump, but his personal story of overcoming child abuse and substance misuse is less known. Hammond will share his difficult journey of drug abuse, self-harm and other life challenges.