Mental health luncheon features Strayed

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CherylStrayedBest-selling author Cheryl Strayed will serve as keynote for the seventh annual Heroes of Mental Health Luncheon on Oct. 2 at the Broadmoor Hotel’s Broadmoor Hall.

Strayed is the author of New York Times bestsellers “Tiny Beautiful Things,” “Torch,” and “Wild,” which details her solo journey of discovery by hiking more than 1,000 miles along the Pacific Crest Trail.

Wild” was chosen by Oprah Winfrey as her first selection for Oprah’s Book Club 2.0, and a film adaptation of the book, starring Reese Witherspoon, will be released in late 2014.

AspenPointe’s annual Heroes of Mental Health Luncheon recognizes individuals in Colorado Springs who champions health and wellness. They are a driving force in efforts to reduce stigma while assisting in growth of community programs that treat mental illness, substance use, unemployment, and homelessness.

Each year attendees help AspenPointe raise funds for an important healthcare initiative. Last year’s event generated more than $20,000 to support Mental Health First Aid, a groundbreaking public education program that helps the public identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. Thanks to donations, the program is free to the public.

The nomination window for this year’s Hero of Mental Health opens in July. Tickets for the luncheon go on sale in July. Visit www.aspenpointe.orgfor more details.