AspenPointe seeks ‘Hero of Mental Health’

AspenPointe is seeking nominations for its annual “Heroes of Mental Health” award, presented during a luncheon Oct. 15 at The Broadmoor hotel’s International Center.

The luncheon recognizes someone in our community who champions wellness and spearheads efforts to curb stigma and promote treatments for mental illness, substance abuse, homelessness or joblessness.

Nominees should be residents of the Pikes Peak region and have made significant contributions toward advancing mental health treatment and substance abuse care.

To nominate someone for the award, click here.  Explain in 100 words or more the nominee’s contributions to mental health and substance abuse.

Previous recipients include mental health champion and former Colorado First Lady Jeannie Ritter and Maj. Gen. Mark and Carol Graham of Fort Carson, who made raising awareness of returning soldiers’ mental health a top priority while stationed in Colorado Springs.

Last year’s recipient, Dr. Sara Qualls, The Kraemer Family Professor of Aging at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs, led efforts to establish a doctoral program in geropsychology at UCCS, one of only four such programs in the nation and is an innovator in the care of older Americans.

The keynote speaker for this year’s Heroes of Mental Health Luncheon will be J.R. Martinez.  Martinez, the season 13 champion of Dancing with the Stars, is widely known for his acting, motivational speaking and service in the Army as a combat veteran.


Proceeds from the luncheon benefit key AspenPointe community initiatives.