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Education & Support Groups

The Hope Center provides a wide variety of
community education classes and support groups.

Education Classes

We Can Talk Suicide Awareness

We Can Talk

A class, built for the community, designed to educate individuals on what to look for and how to approach someone who may be potentially suicidal by teaching powerful, yet simple techniques. Local, state and national statistics on suicide are presented and how to assess risk level by using the Columbia Suicide Severity Rating Scale. You will gain knowledge on where to take people in need, and how the system works and what is essential to save a life!

mental health wellness

Mental Wellness Education Series features a different speaker on various mental health topics once a month on the first Monday of each month at the Basalt Library Community Room at 5:30pm.


Crisis De-escalation
A class designed to help participants learn behaviors common to various disorders, and practical ways to deal with psychiatric patients or uncooperative individuals, ways to make an environment safe, detect warning signs for those in distress, understand how professional reactions can impact a patient, gain an understanding of how YOU need care and utilize a team. This class is typically arranged for agencies who would like their staff trained in de-escalation techniques. Classes have been taught at Aspen Valley Hospital, RFTA and Valley View Hospital.

Psychiatric Emergencies

Psychiatric Emergency Training
A training geared toward law enforcement and EMS. This class teaches the basics of behavioral presentations common in psychiatric disorders. The similarities and differences are between how a person can present with a medical conditions and a psychiatric condition. First responders are taught about approaching and assessing someone for suicide and scene safety, interagency collaboration and mutual aid is also discussed.

Support Groups


Life Line Group
You’re not alone

Losing a friend or loved one leaves an empty space in your heart and soul. Our group of individuals have all experienced that loss. In their grief, they have experienced feelings of anger, abandonment, guilt, deep sadness and more. Yet, with support and understanding, they have found Hope. Come join others who have walked the path you are on. They understand your heartache and will offer support on the road to healing. If you or someone you know needs support, please call 970.925.5858 for more information.

hope connections

HOPE Connections is a support group for anyone who has lost a loved one to suicide, struggling or in need of support. We encourage those to join to give hope and share your story. We meet once a month on the first Monday of each month at the Basalt Library Community Room at 6:30pm.



LGBTQ Teen Group
Facilitated by Janet Gordon, Med, LPC

This group is open to teens in the Roaring Fork Valley and will meet the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month at Carbondale Branch Library, from 4:30-6pm.

Educators, professionals and counselors from around the state will be visiting as guests to discuss their paths in life and provide mature, honest discussion that can assist with confusion and self discovery. Teens who attend will choose topics to talk about, projects to work on the in the community and have the safe space needed to learn about others, ask questions and discover who they are inside and out.

Mommy Matters

Mommy Matters
A Social Group for New Moms

Looking for a chance to connect with other moms who’ve “been there, done that” and will really understand? Join us for Mommy Matters, a social group for new moms and their babies! Mommy Matters gathers twice a month in Basalt and provides a chance for new mothers from up and down the valley to relax and socialize with other moms and their little ones. Join us for a little downtime and discussion.

Share your favorite “tricks of the trade,” laugh about the absurdities that are a normal part of parenthood, get support for those challenging times, find answers to those burning questions, discover easily accessible and practical resources for new parents, and learn about local, child-friendly activities that are good for baby’s development and fun, too!

Mommy Matters is sponsored by the Aspen Hope Center and is facilitated by Mia Wilson, a licensed psychotherapist.

Mia serves children, teens, adults and parents in her private practice and also works as an early childhood consultant. In addition, she is also a mom!

For more information or to get on the email list, call Mia at 970.618.8660. Cost is by donation and all proceeds support the Aspen Hope Center.