In the year 2000, Kevin Hines attempted to take his life by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge.
Many factors contributed to his miraculous survival including a sea lion which kept him afloat until the Coast Guard arrived. Kevin now travels the world sharing his story of hope, healing and recovery while teaching people of all ages the art of wellness and the ability to survive pain with true resilience. On September 23, The Aspen Times’ Longevity Project hosted Kevin as keynote speaker, followed by a panel discussion moderated by Angilina Taylor, Executive Director of Aspen Strong. The panel featured local mental health experts.
Watch the panel discussion here.
MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES:
Download a pdf in English or Spanish with Pitkin County mental health resource phone numbers and websites.
More about Kevin and his suicide prevention work here
Meet the Panel:
Elizabeth Bell is Executive Director of the James Kirk Bernard Foundation, a valley-based non-profit focused on prevention of suicidal behaviors through scientific research into the bio-environmental contributors to suicide risk, information and supports for those at risk of mental health and suicidal challenges, and a program fostering creative expression through artistic legacies.
Chelsea Carnoali, MPA
Chelsea currently serves Pitkin County as Mental Health Analyst within Public Health. Prior to this role, Chelsea spent several years in social work within the Roaring Fork Valley, including Pitkin County Child Welfare and Adult Protective Services. Utilizing the value of these work experiences, her education in Public Administration and Project Management, and passion for community building and individual empowerment, Chelsea is excited to further Pitkin County’s initiatives by informing the creation of meaningful programming. Efforts in Chelsea’s career directly relate to her interests outside of work, which are centered around parenting four young children and finding freedom in exploration and new experiences!
Keir was born and raised in Bozeman, Montana, where he learned to ski, bike, hike, play sports and do all number of things outdoors. After moving to the Roaring Fork Valley more than five years ago, Keir found a comfortingly similar environment to the one he was used to back home. As a proud person in long-term recovery from drugs and alcohol, Keir offers practical experience in addressing mental health and substance abuse issues in our community and beyond. For his day job, Keir works at as a banker at Timberline Bank in Aspen.
Kate Moyer, MA, MSW, LSW
Kate is the Behavioral Health Coordinator at Aspen Valley Hospital. Kate assists patients and families receiving medical care at the Hospital by providing psychosocial support, referrals and care coordination. Together with Michelle Miscione, PhD, LCSW, behavioral health specialist at Aspen Valley Primary Care, Kate serves as one of the Hospital representatives on various community based mental health committees.
Angilina Taylor is the Executive Director of Aspen Strong. Angilina brings passion for mental health to the Executive Director position based on lived experiences and is devoted to being a part of the movement to change the conversation around mental health and wellbeing. Before making the switch into the nonprofit sector, Angilina had 17 years of business strategy and development experience leading and inspiring teams in the product creation market both as a corporate leader and an entrepreneur.
Read the Aspen Times article of the event here.