Wounded warrior keynotes Heroes of Mental Health luncheon

At Aspen Pointe’s sixth annual Heroes of Mental Health Luncheon on Tuesday, wounded warrior Justin Widhalm will give the keynote address at The Broadmoor’s International Center.

Medically retired from the Army, Widhalm has been able to participate in programs such as the USOC Paralympic Military & Veteran Programs, the United Service Organizations’ Ride2Recovery and the Warrior Games. As a result, Widhalm is a U.S. Paralympic hopeful in biathlon and track cycling, according to a news release from Aspen Pointe.

The Heroes of Mental Health Luncheon recognizes someone in the community who has worked to find solutions for homelessness and joblessness and to advance treatment for mental health and substance abuse, while reducing the stigma of illness and addiction.

Lori Jarvis-Steinwert, executive director of National Alliance on Mental Illness in Colorado Springs, will receive the 2013 Hero of Mental Health award. Jarvis is the sixth recipient of the award.

The nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization, NAMI is dedicated to building better lives for millions of Americans affected by mental illness.

Proceeds from the luncheon will benefit AspenPointe’s Mental Health First Aid program. For more details, visit www.aspenpointe.org.